kids are our future!
I am always humbled when
I have the opportunity to mount a "first-time" species
kill for my clients, especially when it the request comes from a
youth hunter. The tradition of hunting has been proudly passed through
the generations and I encourage every parent to remember to share
your love of the outdoors with your children. The torch we pass
insures future generations of wildlife and wild places through some
of the nation's leading conservationists - you and your children.
Congratulations to Evan
Paugh on his first black bear!
of the Month ...
the great fortune to fulfill a life long dream to hunt elk
out west. I was able to take a great elk in New Mexico. After a
long search for a taxidermist I spoke with Dane from Mountin' Man.
Within a few minutes I knew Dane was going to mount my elk. Dane
is very passionate about his work!
suggestions to save some money but to utilize his talents and attention
to detail work. Mountin' Man is second to none! His passion and
artistic skills show in his high quality work. Detailed, dedicated,
professional and a man of his word would describe Dane. My elk exceeded
all thoughts of the final
result. My life long dream is now preserved for a lifetime of memories.
a Hunt, Your Mounts will Travel!
Last month Mountin'
Man shipped precious cargo to a customer in Florida. Read on to
hear about the hunt and the delivery of his Majestic Mountins!
had the good fortune in May of 2010 to take 2 trophy bears in northern
Alberta, Canada. One was a 6 foot 4 1/2 inch black bruin that turned
out to be the largest bear killed in my outfitter's camp for the
season and the other was a very light colored cinnamon bear. I decided
to have both mounted, full-body. However, I'm from Central Florida
and bears have been protected here for years. As such, I didn't
know any taxidermists locally that had experience with bears. A
friend of mine recommended Mountin' Man Taxidermy. When I returned
home to Florida after the hunt, I shipped my bears, frozen, overnight
guaranteed by UPS to Mountin' Man Taxidermy. The next morning I
received a phone call from Dane telling me that he had received
my bears and they were still frozen. We talked about potential delivery
dates and I had planned on driving to Maryland and picking the bears
up and making it part of a vacation. Because my wife is a school
teacher, I suggested spring break and Dane made every effort to
have them ready in March of 2011. In March of 2011, Dane called
and told me my bears were ready for pickup. The black bear that
was mounted in the standing position was 77 inches tall and I could
not find a rental trailer taller than 6 foot to bring them home.
Dane contacted U-Haul and discovered that they had the "U-Box",
which is a storage unit that is 8 feet long, 7 feet tall and 5 feet
wide. It's designed to help people move from one location to another.
Dane made the arrangements to have the U-Box delivered to his shop
where he packed my bears carefully using padding and straps and
they were shipped by tractor-trailer from Maryland to Tampa, Florida.
Once they arrived in Tampa they were placed on a flatbed truck with
a forklift on the back and delivered to my home in Lakeland, Florida.
He also purchased a padlock to insure that they were not compromised
and mailed the key to my home. A week later, the bears were delivered
to my driveway and were in perfect condition. Dane went out of his
way to insure that my bears were not damaged.
Customer service is obviously a priority with Mountinman Taxidermy.
When I took my trophy bears I told my experienced outfitter that
I was going to have them mounted full-body. However, he skinned
them to be done as rugs. Unbeknownst to me this created a massive
amount of stitching to have them mounted full-body. I defy you to
find any of the stitching in either bear, they turned out perfect.
Furthermore, while vacationing in Alaska this past summer, I saw
a polar bear mounted in the standing position and I really loved
the way his front paws were mounted. I photographed the bear and
sent it to Dane and he found a similar mount in order to do my large
black bear. He is quite intimidating.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate the fact that Dane went out
of his way to insure that my trophies turned out exactly as I had
hoped. Both bears are now in my home and I couldn't be happier with
the final products.
If you want a taxidermist that will truly work with you to insure
that you receive a quality product, I strongly recommend Mountin'
Man Taxidermy. I know I will no doubt use Mountin' Man again in
Thanks again, Dane.