Capp's Taxidermy Studio

African,north,south American wildlife taxidermy art and sculptures

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Archive for February, 2012

Picking a taxidermist

When picking a taxidermist one must consider some of the following. Pick one that is a true professional, in every stance. He or she must be a full time taxidermist, not these people that do it on the side cuz they have a “day job”. They must have a studio outside their house and I don’t mean their garage. A true professional taxidermist has a studio away from their home and pays double the bills a novice pays—he pays double the taxes,power,water,etc. A true artist can see the mount in their mind before they start on the mount so they can alter or sculpt the form . Check out their references,look at the mounts in good light,make sure that they have turn around time and they stick to it. Make sure that they do their owe mounts and do not sub contract work out like most so-so taxidermist do, they do nothing but hand the work over to another taxidermist and then hand it back to the client and takes all the credit and money! Make sure that they use a professional tannery or have been doing their own tanning for years.they should have a web site so you check out their work. The pricing should be reasonable,the pro will have to charge alittle more than the novice but not to a point that you can go broke paying for a mount. Check them out on line,phone calls but the best is to go to their studios and look at the work,best thing by far.Do not settle for second best.Here at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we are a true professional,artistic studio that has been mounting the worlds game animals and been in business for 33yrs,and is one of the few studios that does all the work under one roof,except for the tanning, that is done by some of the nations best tanneries. We have a very professional web site–www.african-Montana-taxidermy.com . We think of the client all the way,we have major discounts on shipping,crating,fast turn arounds,check up on thier work with web pic’s, provide custom brokers,etc. for the international hunter and so on. In closing you must know what you want and don’t get hosed by being over priced, unartistic-this critter gave its all so it deserves to look like it did in life, and unprofessional . Not two taxidermist are the same.Every taxidermist is different,you are buying their talent , some are great and some are not,so buy the talent and enjoy the ever lasting memories …..

Taken for granted

We all take things for granted.People take other people and thier business for granted.people think that you own the business that the product does not cost you anything but the truth is it cost just the same.In the taxidermy,art business you have to pay for tanning,form,jaws,etc. just like you would for when you have the job to do for the client, so that is why the taxidermist takes a long time to complete thier own trophies—it’s just they do not pay very well. Here in Montana, the residents take for granted the scenery,the wildlife etc..that someone from another part of the country ,say in a big city would just love to see snow covered mountains,elk,etc.. The hunter that hunts predators just takes for granted on seeing them all the time for they know the habits,routes,etc. of them and a hunter that comes from another part of the country that does not have those types of predators would just love to hunt them. So we all do it in one way or the other,the trick is not to take all of it for granted or it will come back to bite you someday at anytime…

Ship Tags

Before you go to hunt international game,get ship tags to attach to your trophies. Here at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we give the client a international hunting packet which has info on tips,custom brokers,ship options rates,etc.. and ship tags for their trophies-2 per critter,one for hide and the other for the horn,skull. They are printed out with the clients name,broker,port of entry,this studio and a USDA tannery. I have quite a few clients that go over the pond hunting and when they receive a shipping bill requesting port of entry is when they are aware that they are in need of help from the taxidermist.So get the tags and info before you go and that is one less headache……..Go have fun….

In the salt

All hunters must take responsible in taking care of thier own game. On guided hunts the client assumes the guide will take care of the capes and most do but it’s yours and you should help, or watch over the people doing it, especially in other countries like Africa. I receive numerous trophies from around the world and some of the trophies out of Africa are the main ones with the problems. They are skinned and must be put into new , white salt, (used salt contains bacteria and will cause hair slippage) as soon as possible–like now. Then they are dipped,and some are dipped again and then are folded and left in storage until its thier turn to be packed and shipped-anywhere from 4months to 16 months and most all have bug shells on them but all are dead when they go through customs. On North American game
you can salt and take them with you or fed ex them to your taxidermist like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC and it will be taken care of . Main idea here is that do not show it off for to long and get it taken care so you can have a great memory . Taxidermist are not magician ….

Do it

As I always say do what you can,when you can.Most people say that they will go hunting somewhere when they win the lottery, so in other words they will never go anywhere,ever.! If you want something ,you must work for it. Plan,save and conquer. I have been on quite a few hunts,fishing and vacations and it all on doing the research,finding great deals with references,etc. Lot of the hunts were do-it-your-self hunts and some were guided and they were all fun and successful . If you want it bad enough , work for it . Go hunting or whatever you want now. If you wait ,your health may go bad, the trips never go down in price- ever,the money will always be a problem,you will never have enough of it so save,take a loan out or borrow cuz there is a lot that can go wrong so do it while you can. What do you want to think about when you are in the old folks home sitting there. I will be thinking of all the adventures I have been on and I’m far from being done….

African tans

I always tell clients when they go over to hunt in Africa, do not let them talk them into leaving anything over there to be tanned or mounted. But I always have a few that do and think they are getting a deal and saving money. When they get the skins back over here and they bring in the items they all want a discount cuz they spend money on them to be tanned over there and I hate to tell them that they are pickled tanned and there will be no discount cuz now I have to send them to a tannery to be tanned and for all that money you spent on these tans was a waste of money–they are not tanned and will start to smell in warm temps, they have NO stretch , they are not tanned-just pickled. I have had clients bring in items that they had done over there and to see if I can do anything for the smell or the poor condition they were mounted in and I have to say sorry, nothing I can do for the rugs that smell and the mounts would have to be remounted with new capes. A hard lesson to learn but listen to the people that know what they are saying….

Tanneries

Most of the time, the taxidermist is always fixing the tanneries mesh up and they do not ever drop the price,no way. I use some great tanneries and I use up to 6 of them for not one of them are great on everything.One is great on international,one is great on thick skin game and so on. but boy do I hate them, sometimes, for they will screw up by over shaving-blow outs-,making holes,slippage, ripping hides in half, over mixing the “soup” , etc and then blaming it all on the animals health,prep time,taxidermist,etc but god forbid it they would blame themselves and drop the tanning rate or give it away for free. True, some problems are from that but a good taxidermist can always see problems before they are in the salt.If I mess up, I would be dropping my rate or giving it back to the client almost free. I had a tannery in CA. a few years ago mix the soup to strong and 8 bears had some part of there muzzles slip to some degree but it was not their fault and I was charged full price and that same season I shipped x amount of bears to another tannery and they all turned out great.So they will never get anymore bears from me but they do a great job on thinned skin capes-antelope,deer,etc. When choosing a tannery , it has a lot to do with trail and error,some have low prep time but no stretch,some have high prep time and great stretch ,some are just plain junk,etc.. Some tan their own items but for Capp’s, that is not an option.The studio has a lot of work and my completion time would go way down. When I choose a tannery they must have great stretch and low prep time,especially for Afrian game. I would like to see the taxidermy magazines do a exposé on grading all the tanneries ,A to F without any favoritism but I cannot see that for some do advertise with them. But it’s time the tanneries cowboy up.

Join

I just love people that complain about all the hunting issues like wolves, sheep die off,etc.. and they do not belong to any hunting organizations and do not put their money where their mouths are. In my opinion, if you do not belong to any,you should not be able to complain,just like if you do not vote,no complaining about the country.
Its time to stand up for your heritage,stop trying to be political correct to the loons. We reallty did nothing but to complain when the wolf came in and now look at the damage. Herds are all down 50 to 75% in most areas,30 years of sound game management down the drain.
I belong to a few groups but I like SCI the best. They fight for the hunter in court where all issues end up anyway.Around this area they have bought land for the bighorn sheep,help fight to get the wolf off the list,paid for F&G studies for elk,etc.etc, so if you think they only do safaris,think again. Join one today, there are many to pick from or keep your comments to yourself……

taken advantage of

A real pet peeve of mine is when you complete the clients work after it is here from anywhere 6 to 12 months and the client takes forever to pay for it. I do not tan,mount or anything until they put down a down payment on the item .Then after 90 days and 3 notices it dose becomes mine and it goes up for sale and when the client comes in to make a payment or pick it up and I have sold it and they wonder why. Its simple, most people are on a salary and always get paid on time and the small business owner is not on a salary and in order to be paid the client must pay thier bills on time so the business owner can pay his bills.I tell those clients pretend I’m your boss and I say I can not pay you this month but that ok,you don’t have to pay rent,buy food or pay any other bills . This is not a hobby,this is a business and will be treated so. Thank goodness that 95% of the client do pay on time buts it is the 5% that you always think about……

SCI show

Came back from the SCI national show in Vegas and it was a great show. Lots of people walking around,around 22,000,to over the 2000 booths selling everything to do with outdoors but mainly outfitter from all around the globe.Some were reality stuck on themselves but mostly there were real,down to earth people just trying to get some business and that’s the name of the game anymore.There was some great talent from the artists and some were not as talented, but that is in the eye of the beholder.