Tip #1: Choose a Taxidermist That Boasts the Proper Certification and Experience
Taxidermists must attend schooling and receive training in this field in order to obtain a license. Therefore, look for professionals who are licensed and certified, but that also boast many years of experience in providing well-preserved animal trophies such as bears, moose, fish and birds. To do this, they must be knowledgeable about animal anatomy, plus they should be very familiar with how animals behave in the wild in order to pose them in lifelike stances. Attention to detail and strong hand eye coordination are two additional must-have qualities in a taxidermist.
Tip #2: Try Taxidermy Yourself
While it’s advisable to enlist the help of a professional taxidermist, you can try out this hobby at home on a small scale. You can easily pick up books to learn basic stuffing and mounting techniques. Plus, you can head to your local craft store or hobby shop to obtain the necessary supplies, such as paints, glass eyes, artificial teeth, molding and casting materials.
Tip #3: Look for a Well-Rounded Taxidermist
When choosing a taxidermist, search for a local provider that is well skilled in a variety of mounting and stuffing techniques as well as animals. The taxidermist you choose should be able to provide services for anything from fowl and deer to bear and elk. Make sure their business is reputable, and that they have all the proper tanning supplies, kits and special tools to stuff and mount your animal, such as coyote, moose or turkey. They should offer services such as antler polishing, fur brushing, hide tanning, skinning and stuffing.