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Pack Mounts Tell a Story

Pack Mounts Tell a Story

BY TOM MATUSKA

Taxidermists are a creative lot, and it was only a matter of time before pack mounts gained in popularity and customer appeal. This concept is not new, however, with the explosion in the many facets of social media, taxidermists and their customers are being exposed to the concept of pack mounts on a near daily occurrence. At first glance, some people would say what a waste of a nice cape and antlers just to tie it to an old pack frame for a wall hanging. And yes, a pack mount can be exactly that… or with a little artistic design, combining color and assorted elements of interest, a talented person can turn a somewhat lesser trophy, combined with a collection of related gear, into a captivating story.

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Part 2, Simplicity in Study

Part 2, Simplicity in Study

BY BRIAN HENDRICKS

When envisioning a position for your next competition or private collection piece, do you imagine in species or grouping? Perhaps you have a certain skin you wish to use or a scene that comes to mind.

Capturing the essence of the species is paramount, but its essence is so much more than its silhouette. If we captured the basic silhouette, we are halfway there. What about the other half? That other half has much to do with the tendons, ligaments, and muscles being in concert with the skeleton.

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Breathe New Life Into a Bear Habitat

Breathe New Life Into a Bear Habitat

BY SCENES-N-NATURE

We recently received a black bear mount requiring restoration. This more than 20-year-old mount was the first bear ever taken by this Missouri hunter and holds a special place in his heart. He killed it while bow hunting for elk with his dad. As the living room’s main attraction, this mount has been present for years of family get-togethers and holidays. The bear had accumulated additional injuries over the years, mostly at the hands of four young, rowdy boys. Odds are the youngsters rode on its back from time to time. BBs were also found in the base of the mount. This evidence proved at least some of the damage was a result of multiple living room BB gun ambushes, likely from behind the couch.

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Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Wigeons

BY LARRY BLOMQUIST

There are recognizable differences in these three species of wigeons found mainly different regions of the world. The one physical trait that remains similar is the bill color of the three, and both the males and females of the three species have this common trait.

Another interesting fact is that the rusty-headed Eurasian wigeon turns up as a rarity in flocks of American wigeons on occasion, but American wigeons also turn up in Europe in flocks of Eurasian wigeons.

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Elephant Puzzle: How to Fit an Elephant Through a 70-Inch-by-80-Inch Hallway

Elephant Puzzle: How to Fit an Elephant Through a 70-Inch-by-80-Inch Hallway

BY SKIP SKIDMORE

One day I was presented with a challenge to mount a lifesize elephant which could be taken apart, so it would not be required to be permanently displayed. The elephant was to be transported down a hallway 70 inches wide and 80 inches tall. The request by the director of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at Brigham Young University set in motion this article. While visiting the Woodbury Taxidermy exhibition booth at an annual Safari Club International convention, I met chief taxidermist Jimmy Dieringer. As I perused his photo albums, I saw a picture of an elephant form in eight pieces, namely, the head, trunk, two body halves, and four legs. Using this form could work for my new challenging museum project!

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