Do It Yourself Taxidermy
While it is one of the most rewarding things to have your prize game taxidermied and forever preserved to allow you to look upon your great hunting, trapping or fishing accomplishment with great pride and to show off to your fellow sportsmen buddies, the process of taxidermy (sometimes referred to as having something stuffed) is extremely expensive, especially if you plan on having a full prize animal processed. Therefore, more and more people have been looking into do it yourself taxidermy. Not only does this approach enable you to save a great deal of money by doing it yourself and not having to pay upwards of a thousand dollars for something you can do by yourself, but it also adds an even greater degree of pride and fun since you get to play a direct role every step of the way, from taking down the animal out in the field to preserving and showcasing it. Here is a brief overview on do it yourself taxidermy.
First, it is definitely worth mentioning that while very, very rewarding, the entire process of taxidermy can actually take a very long time. This is obviously fine if you are looking at the process of taxidermy as a new hobby for yourself. But if you are looking to be able to complete the taxidermy of your prize kill in time for a sportsman showcase, then you may wish to reconsider. Sometimes, obviously depending on how much time you commit to each taxidermy session, it can actually take a few months to prepare each large animal. And in some cases, you simply will not be able to work on your prize since some of the process involves simply waiting for materials to dry and settle.
However, in many cases, a lot of that time is actually spent waiting for the right taxidermy materials and supplies. So, you are already giving yourself a head start by researching the materials and supplies that you may need, which will allow you to order your materials and supplies in advance and hopefully significantly reduce the overall time necessary for the entire process.
Some of the more common materials that are often needed for this type of work include needles, scalpels, a variety of chemicals to treat the hides, and some special types of paints to better highlight the features of the animal’s fur or feathers.
In addition, do it yourself taxidermy has also become more widely popular through the emergence of different techniques, such as freeze drying with liquid nitrogen.