Taxidermy is the art of preserving all or part of an animal’s body in the form of a mount. You can choose from a variety of taxidermy mount poses to display in your home or trophy room.
You should never hire a taxidermist who cannot show you examples of their lifelike custom taxidermy work. There’s nothing worse than bad taxidermy, and that’s what you are liable to take home if you leave your trophy animal with someone lacking the proper skills and experience.
Whether you are new to trophy hunting or want to get back in the game, you may have some questions for your chosen taxidermy service in Wyoming. Here are the answers to a few of the most common.
What is field prepping?
It all starts in the field when you take down the animal. So, to get a quality mount, you need to execute proper field care, which includes field dressing, caping, skinning big game, preserving small mammals, birds or fish and maintaining freshness. You’re probably wondering if you have to prep the animal in the field. Unless you can get your freshly downed trophy to the taxidermist right away, the answer is yes. Either take a knowledgeable buddy with you or contact your taxidermist for field preparation instructions.
What are the most popular mount options?
From alligators to bears to wild boar and more, just about every type of animal can be made into a trophy mount. You can choose between a shoulder mount, wall pedestal, pedestal or full-body mount. If you want a rug or wall hanging made, be sure the company you want to hire offers this service. Also, the price of the mount depends on factors like the type of animal, the taxidermy service and whether there’s any damage that need to be repaired.
How should I display my taxidermy?
The great thing about taxidermy animal trophies is you can have them made to be displayed as ground, wall, shelf, ceiling, mantel or desktop/tabletop mounts. Many hunters use taxidermy as decorations in their trophy rooms, cabins or offices, but it’s not uncommon to see mounts in bedrooms, living rooms and dining areas.
How do I clean and protect my mounts?
The easiest way to clean mounts is to use a dry duster or soft dry cotton cloth on them regularly. This removes dirt, dust and even trace amounts of moisture. For the occasional deep cleaning, take your mounts to a professional. Additionally, you need to protect your mounts from heat and direct sunlight, as well as direct airflow. Fur, feathers and delicate parts that are exposed to these elements can deteriorate over time, which can leave them looking ragged and potentially even irreparable.
If your goal is to return home with a trophy animal, then be absolutely sure you are working with the best taxidermy service in Wyoming. Call the friendly staff at Nature’s Design Taxidermy today to schedule a consultation or to get more information about our wide range of taxidermy services!