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Frozen in Time

William Allard

As a taxidermist the study and knowledge of animal anatomy, muscular and skeletal mechanics is the key to success. The phrase reference, reference, reference should always be ones first thought and words to slip through the lips. Whether you enjoy viewing wildlife or looking for artistic gestures and motion these two photographers will provide beautiful illustrations.

*Two of my favorite*…

How To Cape a Hog in the field.

These steps will give your taxidermist the best possible start in providing you with an outstanding finished mount.

A. Hang the hog from the hind feet.  (this procedure can be performed on the ground but will take a little more energy and time to complete)
B. One circular cut around the mid-section.
C. One circular cut at the wrist joint on both front legs.
D. Single cut from the wrist…

Hide and Cape Preparation

Hide and Cape Preparation
Proper field care of a fresh hide is critical to the quality of the finished product.

Skinning -
While skinning your animal, use caution and be sure you do not cut into the hide. Try pulling out instead of straight down on the hide. Use your knife sparingly, instead try to “peel” the animal. For transporting back to camp or your home, always fold the hide flesh to…

How to properly salt your hide

How to properly salt your hide.
If you do not think you can perform the following procedure without cutting the hide, follow directions on “shipping instructions”  page and ship the hide frozen (Fleshing and salting is included in our prices).

For Leather tanning, remove any meat or fat thicker than a 1/4″. For Hair On tanning, remove all meat and fat.
Lay the hide flat with flesh sid…

Shipping hides or capes instructions

Shipping Instructions
At Mounts Unlimited Taxidermy, we tan hides for customers all over the country.  That’s right, you can ship your hides to us for tanning.  It’s best to ship your raw, uncured hides frozen for second day delivery by adhering to the guidelines below. You can also send your hides to us after they have been fleshed, salted and dried via UPS Ground.

Fold the hid…

Field Judging Black Bear’s

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Field Judging Black Bear Size
Field judging Black Bears can sometimes be difficult even for the most experienced of bear hunters.  The animal you are judging is usually completely black aside from color phase bears, they have thick fur and the shadows they create can be deceiving.  There are several methods you can have at your disposal to help you determine if the bear is a shooter or…

Honoring the Women and Youth

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Mounts Unlimited Taxidermy is proud to honor all the women and youth who are hunting enthusiast enjoying this awesome heritage we all take great pride in called Hunting with the following incentive to work hard, play hard, and hunt even harder.

2013 hunting season is upon us. Drawing applications were submitted, results have been handed down, and final preparations for another awesome season…

Trophy Care

Almost every outdoorsman has some type of animal hanging on their wall. Maybe it is the first deer he harvested or the biggest turkey he has taken. Maybe it’s the monster buck that was chased for years and finally tagged. Often hunters wait months or years to get their mounts back from the taxidermist. They bring it home and hang it in their living room, den, or someplace where they can always…

How Taxidermy Got Its Start

Ancient Egyptian Mummification

It is believed that taxidermy has been around for many centuries. It may even go back to the beginning of man. Saving trophies has always been a favorite pastime of man. When man first began to hunt he would want a trophy of his kill. The preservation methods were poor so there is no clear record of the beginning of taxidermy.

The Egyptians mummified their cats, dogs, and other animals at…

Dangers of Insect Infestation in Taxidermy

Dangers of insect infestation in taxidermy

Even though a preserved hide has had all of the muscle removed from it, been treated, dried, glued, and mounted, that doesn’t mean that something won’t still try to eat it. Moths, dermestid beetles, and cockroaches commonly infest mounted trophies for various reasons, and can ruin even the best taxidermy mount.

Moths and certain types of beetles can infest woolen clothing in closets,…

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