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“The Barnacle Buck” found by Lionel Crissman in 1989 in Ohio. 128 Points on an 8 point main frame

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Posted by on December 27, 2015 in hunting, taxidermy, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Gnarliest Bucks

 

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“The Barnacle Buck” found by Lionel Crissman in 1989 in Ohio. 128 Points on an 8 point main frame

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Hilarious and Terrifying Taxidermy

Taxidermy has come a very long way over the years, but even with primitive techniques, these are far from professional in any sense.  Some terrifying and some hilarious, each represents what NOT to do when having a mount done.  Make sure you do your homework when finding a taxidermist 🙂

This oh-so-sassy bobcat.

DmPdaU9 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This contemplative fox.

OMXvAYU Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This… ambiguous embodiment of sadness.

HbDC9fY Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This two-for-the-price-of-one bonus!  A fox carrying a duckling!

ZzIrZFz Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This… house cat?  Is this a cat?  I don’t even know anymore.

RpeO2JK Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This surprised tiger.

165 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This exhausted polar bear.

144 Polar Bear Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This bloated bull.

BcBWboI Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This sad, sad creature.

Gavcrww Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This angelic cat.

80 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

WHATEVER THIS “AMAZON MAN” IS.

114 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

Some type of amazon cat and monkies?

TV host polar bear

polar bear

Rat sllippers

moleshoes

 

Prankster lion

lion

Leopard??

leopard

Wired weasel

freak wtf

Rabid monkey

freak monkey

Surprised cheetah

freak jaguar

Stick fox?

freak fox2

Half assed??

freak donkey

 

 

 
 

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Hilarious and Terrifying Taxidermy

Taxidermy has come a very long way over the years, but even with primitive techniques, these are far from professional in any sense.  Some terrifying and some hilarious, each represents what NOT to do when having a mount done.  Make sure you do your homework when finding a taxidermist 🙂

This oh-so-sassy bobcat.

DmPdaU9 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This contemplative fox.

OMXvAYU Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This… ambiguous embodiment of sadness.

HbDC9fY Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This two-for-the-price-of-one bonus!  A fox carrying a duckling!

ZzIrZFz Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This… house cat?  Is this a cat?  I don’t even know anymore.

RpeO2JK Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This surprised tiger.

165 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This exhausted polar bear.

144 Polar Bear Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This bloated bull.

BcBWboI Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This sad, sad creature.

Gavcrww Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This angelic cat.

80 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

WHATEVER THIS “AMAZON MAN” IS.

114 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

Some type of amazon cat and monkies?

TV host polar bear

polar bear

Rat sllippers

moleshoes

 

Prankster lion

lion

Leopard??

leopard

Wired weasel

freak wtf

Rabid monkey

freak monkey

Surprised cheetah

freak jaguar

Stick fox?

freak fox2

Half assed??

freak donkey

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in taxidermy, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Get Stuffed: Quality in taxidermy

Quality –

What is quality, quality is defined as distinguishing features or characteristic. Quality in taxidermy is the degree of accuracy and how accurate a taxidermist wants to make your mount. Quality can be an accurate eye set using live references and photos or a generic guess. You can have nostrils that have proper shape, nostril wings, contour, height and proper depth according to nose cast references or you can have round holes that you can see in three to four inches. You can have sewing seams that are not detectable or stitches you can see three to four feet away. You can have a skin that is tanned into leather or you can have a dry preserved mounts (more about this later). Quality will vary from shoulder mounted animals to life size, fish, reptiles, birds, and small game or large game animals. There is also good and not as good quality on habitat recreations your animal is mounted on. Some taxidermist’s think that over detailing muscles is better quality. These taxidermists go in hand with the hunters who want this inaccurate anatomy and the over muscled look.

Ron Shaefer of Heads Above the Rest

Ron Shaefer of Heads Above the Rest

Quality and detail is a strong opinionated area. How much should you have? How much do you want? This is one reason you need to visit as many different taxidermists you can. Have them explain to you what their meaning of detail or quality is. You will see this will vary drastically from shop to shop you visit. The taxidermist can also over detail muscular and skeletal anatomy. This is why you want to use live reference photos. These references will keep a taxidermist true and not stylized. Examples: A longhaired northern deer or elk will not show a vein in their face. Nine times out of ten, will either a shorthaired deer or elk. The facial veins only show for about ten seconds, how this happens is when the animals head is low feeding and suddenly lifts their head up. When the head is low, the blood rushes into the head then when the head is raised the amount and weight of the blood bulges the facial veins only for a few seconds. You can see this clearly in the summer time when the animal has short hair.

On the other hand, a life size African lion or cape buffalo will not have every muscle cut and budging although many believe they do. If the eyes were wide open and alert, then you would not have a relaxed nostrils or ears. Always try to educate yourself with live reference photos before visiting a studio. If you visit, a studio and you see something you are not sure about, ask questions. Ask the taxidermist to show you a reference photo explaining this.

On habitat bases how real does it look? Is any of the habitat falling or flaking off if you move or tilt the base? Does the habitat look out of balance? Did the taxidermist try to do too much on a little base? Can you see any leg support rods underneath the hoofs connecting to the habitat? If you do this is very sloppy work. Have you ever been told by a taxidermist the bases takes away from the mount. Most likely, that taxidermist does not have the artistic eye and balance coordination. A habitat should enhance your mount. Look one hundred percent natural and express involvement. If you see a habitat, that over powers or does not look natural or is too busy, the taxidermist may lack this artistic ability of coordination to put your mount in balance. Plants, grasses, rocks and driftwood should look natural. Grasses should look soft and bushy, not tight and strategically placed.

If the taxidermist recreates these types of habitats this does not mean they are bad people; they are just lacking the skills you are looking for. Be careful of short cuts that can be made.

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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in taxidermy, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Get Stuffed: How to pick a taxidermist pt 2

What is the Difference between Commercial Mounts (Client Mounts) and Competition Mounts (Display Mounts)

Written by Ron Shaefer

Trade shows and show rooms could be mounts they worked on just for show or something that have purchased from another taxidermist. That may not be what you get back. This is a very common. No matter how smooth the sales pitch is and what they say they can do. You want to see finished client mounts. Their finished work in the back room before it hits the display room is most likely what you will receive in return. Have the taxidermist point out what are their client’s mounts and what are display mounts or competition mounts.

When visiting a taxidermist ask why I should choose you over a different taxidermist. Let them tell you what they offer. You want someone to explain to you how they separate themselves from the rest. Then they can show you around their showroom that most likely is mixed with display pieces and pieces that are ready to be picked up by their clients. You can compare if their display is equal to the quality that leaves their studio. You may or may not want that type of quality. Ask if you can use a flashlight to check the quality of their work around the eyes and if the pupils are level, inside the nostrils, inside the ears or any shaded areas. After all most sales pitches are that, their quality supersedes the rest. Have them prove it. Have them point out their quality, not you trying to find it.

If a taxidermist knocks quality, they most likely do not have a lot in their mounts. Some may say you need to view it from 15 to 20 feet back. All though this may be true, you are just trying to determine if you are paying for the quality and not receiving it.

You will need to know the difference between a commercial mount vs. a competition mount. A commercial mount is what you the consumer will receive back. Your trophy is mounted and finished in a certain period of time in order for a taxidermist to earn a profit.

Stay tuned for Pt 3 How to understand quality in taxidermy

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in taxidermy, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Get Stuffed: How to pick a taxidermist pt 2

What is the Difference between Commercial Mounts (Client Mounts) and Competition Mounts (Display Mounts)

Written by Ron Shaefer

Trade shows and show rooms could be mounts they worked on just for show or something that have purchased from another taxidermist. That may not be what you get back. This is a very common. No matter how smooth the sales pitch is and what they say they can do. You want to see finished client mounts. Their finished work in the back room before it hits the display room is most likely what you will receive in return. Have the taxidermist point out what are their client’s mounts and what are display mounts or competition mounts.

When visiting a taxidermist ask why I should choose you over a different taxidermist. Let them tell you what they offer. You want someone to explain to you how they separate themselves from the rest. Then they can show you around their showroom that most likely is mixed with display pieces and pieces that are ready to be picked up by their clients. You can compare if their display is equal to the quality that leaves their studio. You may or may not want that type of quality. Ask if you can use a flashlight to check the quality of their work around the eyes and if the pupils are level, inside the nostrils, inside the ears or any shaded areas. After all most sales pitches are that, their quality supersedes the rest. Have them prove it. Have them point out their quality, not you trying to find it.

If a taxidermist knocks quality, they most likely do not have a lot in their mounts. Some may say you need to view it from 15 to 20 feet back. All though this may be true, you are just trying to determine if you are paying for the quality and not receiving it.

You will need to know the difference between a commercial mount vs. a competition mount. A commercial mount is what you the consumer will receive back. Your trophy is mounted and finished in a certain period of time in order for a taxidermist to earn a profit.

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Posted by on October 13, 2013 in taxidermy, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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