By Mike Willis
If you are like most hunters, you have put in countless hours identifying where and when you are going to hunt. You most certainly have invested in substantial amounts of gear, as well as necessary licenses and tags. Most hunters also have countless hours of range-time preparing themselves for the big moment of truth.
If you have taken the necessary steps to set yourself up for success, you should consider moving a little further along in your preparatory efforts.
Let’s face it; there is a real opportunity for you to put a beautiful trophy animal on the ground. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be putting forth so much effort!
There is nothing better than getting a mount on the wall to remind you of your successful endeavor. What hunter doesn’t appreciate preserving memories such as these? Not only does a quality mount look great, but it’s also one heck of a conversation piece!
What better way to keep the memory of this animal alive than by reliving the joyous journey with friends in conversation? It is a little sad that some people are downright offended to see a mount on the wall. To me, this is just one more part of the animal that was not wasted. Even better, it was preserved for a lifetime of gratitude.
With all of the effort that you put into encountering quality wildlife, don’t set yourself up for a crisis when your effort is rewarded!
Ever see a mount on someone’s wall that looks like it’s still dying? They didn’t find a taxidermist beforehand.
Once an animal is on the ground, the clock has started, and you have to do something immediately. For those with spouses who won’t empty the freezer to accommodate your new carcass, the pressure is on.
It is not hard to see how people end up rushed into decisions about who will do their work. After all, you are likely trying to make this decision after weeks of little sleep, surrounded by days of exhaustion attempting to get your animal.
The process of finding a taxidermist should be enjoyable and educational. If done right, you can get to know the subtle differences between your local taxidermists. Start finding out right now which differences matter to you.
Taxidermy is not cheap, and like any good investment, it should be a calculated decision. Moreover, you may literally have to look at this thing for the rest of your life!
Don’t put something shameful on the wall to stare back at you all of your days, reminding you of your carelessness.
Start getting to know your local taxidermists now and develop a relationship with them. Having a taxidermist who is easy to work with makes the process very enjoyable. A taxidermist who is still passionate about his or her work will fuel your enthusiasm, further enhancing the overall experience of your success.
Next week we will cover what to look for when evaluating a potential taxidermist. This in-depth look at what sets one taxidermist apart from another will give you the confidence needed to make an informed decision. Check back and start taking the necessary steps towards preserving a memory for years to come!