This page is
dedicated to explain what to look for in the
quality of work between the Fly By Night
Taxidermist and the Master Taxidermist. When
complete, you will know how to look at the small
and large differences as well as the things you
never see, like just how your taxidermist is
tanning your valuable hide.
the most important page on this site. I will
hopefully upload info before March 2007.
First, never pick your taxidermist due to the
price of the mount. If your promised the mount
within 90 days, this should be a red flag. A
reputable taxidermist takes time and extra
effort into mounting your trophy. This should
take on average 9 - 12 months.
Second, take a close look at the mounts in your
taxidermists gallery. I won't even get into why
you should never use a "out of the garage"
taxidermist. Look at the eyes, do they look like
the eyes of the animal you harvested? Do they
look alive? Are there color to the eyes, or are
they all dark? Look close at the tear ducts and
where the eyeball touches the eyelids. Click on
these pictures to get a closer look.
look at the nose, does it have texture? Is it
black and shinning? Look at the mouth and lips?
Is there depth to the nose, some color in the
that you see these the external differences, it
is time to ask some questions. Ask how they tan
the hides. A lot of taxidermists are tanning
there own hides now. (Bucket Tanning) There are
a multitude of problems associated with this
like slipping, fleshing holes, missing ears and
trashed tails, to mention just a few. When you
consider the time involved, it costs about the
same as having the hide professionally tanned.
All you want to know about
tanning. Here are the differences:
Bucket tanned: When done right, this hide can
look and feel as good as the professional hide,
however, most taxidermist do not specialize in
this therefore it is rarely done right. If not
properly done, the skin will be a rough and
hard. In time the hide could start smelling bad,
like rotting flesh. I had a trophy mounted a few
years back by a bad taxidermist and ask Paul to
redo it for me. When he took the hide off the
manikin I saw first hand what the difference
truly was. This hide ripped like thick paper.
Leather should never rip, no matter how strong