Selecting Your Taxidermist



Above all, take the time to research your taxidermist. The following are some very telling questions to ask your taxidermist along with some information you should know:


  • Look at their work ~
  • Observe mammals for realistic mounting techniques
  • Do a predator’s eyes look straight ahead as they should, or are they mounted like a white tail eye?
  • Ask your taxidermist to show you examples of their work.
  • Inspect your taxidermist’s showroom and work area. Is it clean and neat? Is there hospital surgery room lighting?
  • Look at deer, elk, or other big game animals. Do the eyes look natural and realistic or do they look like bulging bug eyes? Do the eyebrows look natural?
  • Ask about their method for doing ears. Are they bondo ears? Is the cartilage removed and competition type ear liners used?
  • Is the nose plugged up with putty or do they use nose septums?
  • Look at the bird’s feet! Do they have shriveled up feet? Pay attention to the quality of the airbrush painting.
  • Do turkey and duck mounts have grease oozing from the belly? Inspect mounts that have been completed for at least three years.

  • Ask your taxidermist about their tanning procedures ~
Do they do their own or do they send hides out to a tannery? Inspect pelts and rugs for softness and quality. Ask
them to explain the tanning process.

  • Personal Attributes ~
Select a Taxidermist who takes the time to explain options and answer your questions. Does your taxidermist act
professional? Do they sound trustworthy?

  • Training ~
Ask where your taxidermist acquired their skills. Have they been professionally trained? Is so, by what taxidermy
school or institute. Look up that school or training institute on the internet.

  • Price ~
Last but not least! Don’t select your taxidermist on price alone. A low price is achieved by taking shortcuts and
cutting corners. Do you really want poor quality materials and shortcut techniques used to mount your once in a
lifetime trophy? My ten year old grandson’s first buck is a 5 point white tail. It’s a trophy of a lifetime for him. Will
he want to look at it 20 years from now alongside a Boone & Crocket trophy and see inferior deteriorating quality in
his first buck?

  • Our Studio and Our Philosophy ~
Here’s what we do at our studio. We show potential customers the correct way to mount your trophy. We show you
our shop, and our tanning and tumbling equipment and process. We are avid hunters and bring that realism from
observing critters in the wild to our mounts.


We want to give your trophy the attention it deserves.




Indian Creek Taxidermy
806 Illinois Route 140
Greenville, IL 62246
Phone: 217.251.8300
Email: thentz@hentzee.com