After all the recent threads on shady taxidermist and issues so many people have had I thought I would start a thread on the subject.
All too often people in Alaska take their hard earned hides, antlers, horns, fish, etc to the first taxidermist they see or hear of or the cheapest one they can find after a 5 minute yellow page search and a couple of phone calls.
You took the proper time to research your hunt, research gear, buy supplies, go on the hunt now why donít you sit down and do your research on taxidermist and find a good one and use them?
There are a lot of taxidermists out there to choose from some are great and some not so great, weed through them and find the one for you. Look at what other people have to say, check Google of all things you might be surprised at what you find. If they have made poor business decisions or life decisions previously you might not want to give them a try with anything that has a significant meaning to you. Check with the BBB and court view. Talk with other hunters and see who they have used and what they thought of them. LOOK at finished specimens, some taxidermist are artist with some species and not so good on others. Ask about turn around time and get it in writing if possible. Ask them how many customers they accept per season or if they just keep accepting them no matter how back logged they are. Find out who is actually going to be working on your trophy. Some taxidermist have big names but they let new people do the work and do not oversea it or even check the finished product.
These are just some ideas to get you pointed in the right direction. It also helps if you do this research prior to leaving on a hunting trip not once you return.