YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR IN LIFE, and taxidermy!!!!!!!!
I just got my 2004 Wyoming buck back from the taxidermist after being re-mounted. Can I just say, dang WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT!!!! Mel Siefke at Wildlife Recapture Taxidermy (www.wildliferecapture.com) in Libby, MT did a fantastic job re-mounting this buck. Notice the muscle detail and modeling as well as how the eyes are set properly, the nose is squared off and the ears are positioned in a natural orientation and not “droopy”, all signs of quality-first class taxidermy work. Mel promises a turn-around time of less than 12 months and in most cased can even get a job done in less than six months, another sign of a good taxidermist/businessman. The second biggest factor in a bang up taxidermy job, behind a good taxidermist is the quality of the cape. I have been saving the cape we used on this buck in my freezer since last fall. Notice the coloring is very silver, and the facial coloring is very distinct, with the nose, forehead and throat patch all contrasting nicely. The lights are “light” and the darks are “dark.” I also look at the quality of the hair. This hair is all very fine and all the same length. Bucks earlier in the season (September) can have very “ratty” and patchy capes that are not worth keeping when the summer hair mixes with the winter hair. The cape from this buck was killed in the same area of Wyoming as the original buck came from during the first week of October.
Plain and simple, “life is too short for crappy taxidermy.” I had to have this buck mounted twice which cost me way too much money. The moral of the story is, like most things, DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!!! It’s cheaper in the long run.
Let me know if you have any taxidermy or trophy care questions or comments. I would love to hear them, as I begin working on an article for the next issue of Eastmans’ Hunting Journal on the subject of taxidermy and trophy care in the field and beyond.
Good luck on your next hunting endeavor.