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Bug only please!

We clean skulls using beetles. We are quite fond of our friends and work HARD to maintain them. The amount of time and money we put into bugs is a story in itself. We offer a full service beetle clean skull to our customers. Full service means; prepped, bugged, degreased and whitened. What you take home is a sanitized museum quality skull mount. You can display anywhere in your home.

We have been getting calls from let’s call them “Do it yourselfers” or DIY recently. All they want us to do is bug them. Sounds simple right? Most of the time what they bring me is a dried up or a smelly mess. I then have to prepare this mess for my precious bugs. Our bugs prefer fresh food not jerky, and they prefer not to share food with maggots. By this time I wished I had told them no!

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Hunters new ride!

I think hunters should try a new mode of transportation to their hunting spots. They need to try a bicycle! Yes, a bicycle!

I love to bike. I tend to ride on trails that wind through the countryside. It amazes me how many animals I can sneak up on! It’s like I’m invisable and soundless on a bike. I have had many close encounters with squirrels, squinnys, cats, foxes and a bobcat.

Riding up close to a bobcat was incredible! She was beautiful and completely unaware of me as I approached. By the time she saw me I was very close. She panicked and ran down the bike trail instead of hiding in the brush. Amazing, you couldn’t do that on a 4-wheeler!

The funniest encounter I had was with a cat. The cat jump with all four feet straight up and then didn’t know which way to run.

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Just a Dream

My dream is to have a store front for Scovel Taxidermy. I picture a building in town on a major highway. The space will house a show room to display all our artwork proudly. There will be office space for me with a door! Currently I have a desk in my dining room. There would be a huge work room and a walk in freezer. Lots of lights and space to work. Outside of the building a large sign stating proudly that Scovel Taxidermy resides inside. Along with business hours posted on a door I can lock drive away from
Business hours, now this is a tough one for our line of work. We have to be flexible given the nature of our work. So we would still need to be available by appointment in addition to regular business hours. What I would be excited about is leaving work and coming [ ]

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It just feels good!

My family and a few friends put together a fundraising banquet yearly for Whitetails Unlimited. We just wrapped up our 4th year.

My family volunteering

We started this banquet to promote outdoor sports, hobbies and conservation of our beloved Whitetail Deer. A lot of schools and families don’t or can’t provided the experience of some outdoor sports/hobbies. The reason varies as to why the experiences can’t be provided such as money, time, schedules, land, equipment, transportation, and knowledge. The sports we support in particular are archery, fishing, hunting, and trap shooting but definitely not opposed to others we just can’t do them all.

I will admit this is a huge project. It takes a lot of time, heart, more time and passion to put together a banquet like we do. Every year I think “what did I get myself into?” and every year when we pass out the checks to support various [ ]

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1st Timer

I said goodbye to 1st Timer today. He was the first deer I ever mounted. First timer was created twelve years ago in taxidermy school.
I received a call from someone looking to buy a deer mount for a gift. I remembered that 1st timer was shoved in a corner in my storage room. I haven’t looked at him for years. I was worried that he might not be in the best of shape. Remember he was the FIRST deer I ever mounted and he was 12 years old.

 

I dug him out and dusted him off. I took inventory of his condition.

1. lower lip pulled away

2. eyes typical to a beginner, without depth

3. color faded

Overall not too bad. In fact he looked better than some professional taxidermy work  i’ve seen. I fixed his lip and  brightened up his color. He was good as new. His new owner was very pleased with her new piece of [ ]

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Expensive Taxidermy

Poor nose texture and coloring.

Expensive taxidermy is when you choose the cheapest taxidermist and then have to bring

Skin around eye is bulging and cracked. Coloring is off. Lacking depth.

the mount to us to fix it. In other words getting what you pay for.

This is a picture of one of our clients deer mounts that another taxidermist did for him. (we had already cut the rack off to remount) Our client was deeply disappointed with the quality of the work. Notice the nose and eyes. Neither the eyes and nose look “real”. The eyes are bulging and the nose texture is well… terrible. The cape was puckered and the ears where “drummed” (pulled apart).
I understand that money is tight these days but when you have to pay twice to get a deer mounted that adds up. Plus the client had to buy a spare cape. A  cheap $300.00 mount just turned [ ]

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Taxidermy is art and the animal is wild.

While I was doing the finishing work on a whitetail today I was reminded that this was once a wild animal and is not perfect. The fur on this particular deer was in bad shape. He must of had a cause of serious itch. He had rubbed his fur in many places. Some places rubbed the fur down to the skin.

Some deer may also have scaring from old wounds and some have fresh wounds.

Then there are the imperfections the hunter inflicts. Bullet holes, drag marks and cutting the cape to short or incorrectly.

Of course the hunter wants his trophy to be perfect. It is my job to take a imperfect wild animal and give the hunter what he wants. This is where art comes into play. I work very hard putting on the animals “makeup” and then spend lots of time “grooming the animal. Most of the time old and [ ]

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