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ended up mounting three zebras for him,” Post said. “They all passed away of old age. … That one’s different living in Iowa – trying to do your pet zebras.”
Jerry Donar, who owns Georgetown Taxidermy near Cuba City, Wis., holds a full-time job and does his taxidermy work when he is at home and on weekends, typically spending about 30 hours a week in the shop. That gives him time to complete about 80 deer mounts a year. Do not judge you don’t know what storm I’ve asked her to walk through Breast Cancer Awareness shirt, long sleeve, hoodie
In addition to creating taxidermy mounts, he also does his own tanning.
“I’ve had a few bad occurrences with tanners, and I trust me,” he said. “And the most part of the money is in tanning it yourself.”
Donar said he particularly appreciates the chance to get to know his customers.
“I just enjoy putting the whitetails back together, recreating the way they look,” Donar said. “I also enjoy the hunting stories – they’re always amazing – from the customer. That’s probably the biggest thing, the stories.”
Post’s interest in taxidermy started when he was about 10 years old. As a young hunter, he never liked to throw anything away, so his father bought him a kit to mount a squirrel that still hangs above the door to his studio.
After finishing high school, he attended a semester of college before he decided instead to go to school to learn the trade of taxidermy. He has now been a full-time taxidermist for 15 years.
“Anybody can do it, but for it to look real and alive, you’ve got to be an artist, plain and simple,” Post said.
He, Pregler and Donar all said their love of hunting ties in with the things they enjoy about their trade.
“Being a hunter and fisherman, I like hearing stories and telling the stories and seeing the bucks that come in,” Pregler said. “It’s promotion of the sport for me.”