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20 Common Mistakes That Create Bad Habits

20 Common Mistakes That Create Bad Habits

This article is about some of the mistakes that competitors make with their whitetail deer mounts that can hurt their overall scores when competing in state, national, and World Shows. We will be exploring these boo-boos, starting at the deer nose pad and working our way to the back of the head. To subscribe or renew, visit www.breakthroughmagazine.com or call...
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Mounting a Coatimundi

Mounting a Coatimundi

Coatimundis (Nasua Nasua), are members of the raccoon family, and are interesting little critters to mount. Coatimundis range from Arizona and parts of southern New Mexico in the United States through Mexico (except the Baja peninsula and central Sierra Madres), and Central America to Panama and marginally into South America in areas west of the Andes, especially in...
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Cape Buffalo Reference Study

Cape Buffalo Reference Study

One of the most challenging game animals taxidermists will encounter is a bull cape buffalo. Be it a lifesize or shoulder mount, a cape buffalo offers a multitude of challenges in hide preservation, horns, anatomy, skin and muscular features, mounting procedure and finishing work. Selecting reference showing areas of primary importance that will help us capture the essence...
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Buffleheads Reference Study

Buffleheads Reference Study

What is the difference between a bufflehead and a goldeneye? Bufflehead are smaller than goldeneyes. Both birds at a distance have bright white sides, but common and barrow’s goldeneyes have a white patch just behind the bill. Buffleheads drakes have a large white patch on the back of their heads. Female buffleheads are more uniform brown, with a white patch on the...
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Innovative Products: Wayland The Smith

Innovative Products: Wayland The Smith

When it comes to style and presentation, these new products from Wayland Dobbs Jr. have reached a new benchmark for strength and durability. Kathy and I met Wayland when we visited his booth at the 2023 Texas Taxidermy Association convention and competition this June in Killeen, Texas. I thought, wow...
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2023 Taxidermy Hall of Fame Inductees

2023 Taxidermy Hall of Fame Inductees

Contemporary: Rod Connelly–Pennsylvania Contemporary: Rodney Schreurs–Wisconsin Historial: Will Richard–California Historial: Jane Catherine Tost–Australia The induction ceremony will be held July 22, 2023, at the National Taxidermists Association convention in...
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Mounting a World-Class Rabbit

Mounting a World-Class Rabbit

During my first contact with AJ Harrington I asked, “why did you enter a rabbit?” and he said without hesitation, “I was going after the difficulty points, and if you do it justice, that’s...
The 2023 United Taxidermist Association Convention in Wichita, Kansas.

The 2023 United Taxidermist Association Convention in Wichita, Kansas.

The 2023 UTA Expo took place at the Drury Hotel and Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas, April 18–23. After being absent from the competition world for five years, the mounts that were entered were of...
Mounting a Black Rhino Shoulder Mount

Mounting a Black Rhino Shoulder Mount

In 2017, an excellent client harvested a rare black rhino in Namibia. It was one of five killed in the world that year because only 5 tags are sold each year. The client asked me in 2019 if I would mount his black...
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