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Offline Parasite

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Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« on: July 14, 2021, 03:03:08 PM »
In case I get a bear this year, I'd like to get a European skull mount and a rug made. Anyone know a good taxidermist that will do both? I only prefer beetles or maceration for the skull

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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2021, 03:37:28 PM »
I heard there is a good one in the area but I cant remember her name.🤔

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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2021, 03:39:06 PM »
Now now.... :nono: :DOH:

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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2021, 03:40:29 PM »
Black River Taxidermy, Joel Swecker.

He's in Rochester, and is a member of this forum. Has his own beetles.

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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2021, 03:44:07 PM »
Start saving now!  Be prepared for sticker shock, these taxiís on the wet side are expensive as heck!  Might be worth traveling to Idaho, the guy in Hayden is great and much cheaper! Donít get extorted over here! Wildlife Creations, in Hayden Id
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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2021, 03:55:53 PM »
Now now.... :nono: :DOH:
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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2021, 05:36:30 PM »
Black River Taxidermy, Joel Swecker.

He's in Rochester, and is a member of this forum. Has his own beetles.
i've used Joel at BRT for the last few years on euro mounts on my deer and have been very happy with the turn around time, cost and quality.  No experience with his rugs but have been to his shop a few times and have seen his work.  check him out
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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2021, 05:43:02 PM »
Matt Klope with Whidbey Island Taxidermy has decent pricing and some solid skills. He is super busy so it might be a slow turnaround but its worth the end result IMO.

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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2021, 06:02:54 PM »
I heard there is a good one in the area but I cant remember her name.🤔

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I think it was something like "Speedy Taxidermy and Tanning."

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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2021, 08:40:01 PM »
Black River Taxidermy, Joel Swecker.

He's in Rochester, and is a member of this forum. Has his own beetles.
i've used Joel at BRT for the last few years on euro mounts on my deer and have been very happy with the turn around time, cost and quality.  No experience with his rugs but have been to his shop a few times and have seen his work.  check him out
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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2021, 10:45:18 AM »
Start saving now!  Be prepared for sticker shock, these taxiís on the wet side are expensive as heck!  Might be worth traveling to Idaho, the guy in Hayden is great and much cheaper! Donít get extorted over here! Wildlife Creations, in Hayden Id
I know sometimes it might seem expensive and I would agree if a particular taxi was way above everyone else, but there is much more to it. Experience and quality of workmanship. Believe me the amount of time and effort put into a mount/project you start to realize the cost isnít all that bad for what it takes to bring your trophy back to life. For what some taxis charge at the lower prices, itís hard to believe they can stay in business when you add up the costs of doing business and materials. Whatís left over as profit isnít as much as you might think.

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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2021, 12:00:43 PM »
Black River Taxidermy, Joel Swecker.

He's in Rochester, and is a member of this forum. Has his own beetles.

Second that!

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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2021, 01:23:43 PM »
Now now.... :nono: :DOH:
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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2021, 02:53:51 PM »
I had to call 3 taxis end of May this year before I found one taking work.  (Spring bear I wanted to have Rugged)

One of the ones that was was not taking work recommended Wildlife obsessions in Duvall.
https://wildlifeobsessionstaxidermy.net/

I went in and saw their work and dropped my hide off to Rug.  I have great expectations based on their show room.

They are a husband/wife team and were very pleasant to deal with.

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Re: Anyone recommend a bear taxidermist near Olympia?
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2021, 03:49:52 PM »
Start saving now!  Be prepared for sticker shock, these taxiís on the wet side are expensive as heck!  Might be worth traveling to Idaho, the guy in Hayden is great and much cheaper! Donít get extorted over here! Wildlife Creations, in Hayden Id
I know sometimes it might seem expensive and I would agree if a particular taxi was way above everyone else, but there is much more to it. Experience and quality of workmanship. Believe me the amount of time and effort put into a mount/project you start to realize the cost isnít all that bad for what it takes to bring your trophy back to life. For what some taxis charge at the lower prices, itís hard to believe they can stay in business when you add up the costs of doing business and materials. Whatís left over as profit isnít as much as you might think.
:yeah:

 


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