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There it is, a trophy Serval cat, you take aim with a solid bullet- so you do not blow a huge hole in it and boom, it’s down. Hands are shaken, high fives, etc.    Back to the truck with the quarry and head back to camp . Once in camp the skinner is in charge of the day’s harvest. He starts to skin your trophy out and after a 1/2 hour he is done with his chore and the skin is now headed to the salt—flash to the future when the taxidermist is informing you that the tannery called him today to inform you that the Serval cat in your order has been rejected cuz of the grease was not taken out of the hide BEFORE salting . The hide with a grease problem usually falls apart like a wet tissue-totally unrepairable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have had to tell some clients that their small African cats and some non-game trophies were lost to not treating the skin properly in the field and or back at camp.

Here at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we tell the clients how to treat certain types of animals before they leave for the hunt but once they have taken the animal they listen to the PH when they say-oh the skinners know how to take care of the trophy-Bullshit, They know nothing but to salt it, they are not tanners or taxidermist, they are skinners and trackers and they don’t care either so take charge cuz once its rejected, you paid that trophy fee for just a photo, nothing else

So if you want to be looking at your trophy, listen to Capp’s Taxidermy Studio and not to anyone else.

All small and large African cats, porcupines, hares, and some other game ( some  north American bears also should be prepped with cornmeal too) must be skinned and then rub good old cornmeal on the hide and rub it again and again  and then leave it in the pile of cornmeal for a hour and then replace the cornmeal and do it all over again and only then rub and salt into the skin.

Without the cornmeal the hide has a survival rate of 20%, and that sucks when you think of the time and money you are betting on

The best advice ever, listen to the one that knows what the hell they are talking about, the ones that day in and day out handle, Capp’s Taxidermy Studio llc and not the ones that think they know everything but have never touch on in the real world.

It’s your money, your trophy, your memoirs so take charge and demand that the trophies be prepared the right way and not the normal way, you will not be sorry.

Posted on: Thursday, August 4, 2016
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The best thing to do is after you have checked out your adventure and put the money down is to contact Capp’s Taxidermy Studio llc to discuss the trip, especially if its to Africa.

Capp’s will prepare a international hunting packet for you and if any others that are going to join you. The packet includes shipping tags for the trophies you are going to take that will have all info to get your trophies into the country , POA papers for the custom brokers, travel tips, hunting/gun tips and info on dip and pack businesses versus the taxidermist for pack and dip.

Contact your hunting outfitter and find out where the PH is using for a dip and pack and ask for their email, contact them and ask for a rate list for dip and pack and also references for the pack and dip. Contact the references to ask how long and the cost for the dip and pack . Compare their rates with the pack and dip businesses I have provided and now it’s your time to decide on who to use.

If you use the one a recommend , contact them and see if and when they can pickup your trophies. South Africa is very large and the pack and dip businesses only can service some much of the country.

Always have the trophies picked up at the camp, never have the trophies brought to the taxidermy shop for pickup for the main reason the PH will get a commission from the taxidermy shop (look at the previos article on this blog) and then will charge you a fee for storage and once added up with all the pack and dip charges, you will not save any money .

Once you have returned home from the trip, contact Capp’s Taxidermy Studio llc to discuss the trophy list, travel, etc.

Then fill out the POA papers and send them off to the custom brokers

Place Capp’s in your emails to brokers and to Africa so if there is any questions or problems, Capp’s will be able to help you

Once you have wired your money to the dip and pack business, it will take 4 months to have your trophies ready to be handed over to the shippers and once angain you will receive a notice that you can pay them by wired money or on some, you can ship them over by COD on your credit card on file at the brokers

Once cleared, the crates will be shipped to Capp’s Taxidermy Studio llc and will be cleared at the studio because Capp’s is a USDA approved establishment.

You will then be invoiced for a down payment of 35% to 50% of total taxidermy rates. Once received the skins will be sent to a tannery that specially is international game animals.

After the items are received back from the tannery, you will be contacted for instruction on how you would like your trophies done. The forms will be altered and the horns-if any-will be placed on them, photo’s will be taken and sent to you for your approval . Nothing will be mounted  without the clients approval. Photo’s will be taken during the process to keep the client informed.

Once completed and paid for the trophies will be placed into wooden crates and shipped to the client with Capp’s MAJOR discounted freight discounts.

Capp’s is  a very professional studio. I’m involved in every part of the safari from start to finish so my clients don’t have to worry about certain items.

Use my studio once, you will be a client forever…

Posted on: Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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At Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC I hear that statement a lot when it comes to clients that are waiting for international hunting trophies to be shipped into the USA. There are a few reasons why your trophies are taking 6 to 16 months to be shipped into the country. 1) Your trophies went to a taxidermist that your PH uses for the reasons that they receive commission from them and being a taxidermist, they hold on to them for a while until they have to pay the commission  and while they are there, they will hope that the client will just say “go ahead and mount them since they are already there”. Your safari represents a major revenue source for them but only if they do the taxidermy work instead of just pac and dip process. When they are not doing the work, there is little income so they are not in any hurry to process and ship your trophies . When you drop them of personally , they always say that they will be out within 60 days but after your home for 6 months, you contact them and  when asked about the trophies, they blame it on the permits, CITIES,or TOPS  have not yet been completed, but in fact, they have not yet applied for them. They  are only going to apply for the permits when you wire them the money for the pack and dip.   Major conflict of interest.!!!!!!  2)Your PH , on some operators, are not paying the trophy fees to the government on time so they are using your trophy fees to stay above water, wanting for the next clients trophy fees to pay for yours and so on. But when asked about the subject, they are quick to say that’s its the governments fault. 3) And then once here in the USA, it’s the new employees at the USFG that with the smallest errors with the paperwork from the country of origin, your trophy will be confiscated or sent back and then have to be re-imported. 4) Or when the taxidermist says he only uses a certain shipper and only ships to one port is again a crock . The reason for this extortion is that the taxidermist only uses this shipper is that the shipper is paying the taxidermist a commission and he is using that to say afloat. reputable shippers will ship to any port that the client wants their trophies to go to and most will work with the client and ship the crates C.O.D. to the broker clearing the trophies that the client hired-( then there are some that they only ship to a certain custom broker too, the extortion just goes on and on) And the list goes on but here are some solutions. Book only with reputable outfitters, check at least 2 years worth of references and if there are any red flags, address them before putting down your deposit. Use only independent export co that all they do is pack and dip and most of them will guarantee  that the trophies will be shipped out within 90 days max. They do pickup from your PH so he doesn’t have to deliver them.  It’s your money, for the taxidermist and the pack and dip firms are in the same ballpark for rates. Where the pac and dip firms want to export the trophies and get paid, not the taxidermy firm that just wants to mount them. Make sure when you receive the email stating the contains of the safari that EVERYTHING that you want shipped is on that list. If not respond right away and tell them about it and tell them to find your trophy cuz if it’s not on the list, it will not be shipped and it’s gone Have the exporter scan the paperwork over to the custom brokers before the crate is shipped so they can proof read it and if any clerical errors, they will be corrected and that means no problem with customs plus you will have copies if the main ones are lost on the trip to the brokers and to your USDA agent like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC. Most of this must be discussed with the outfitter during the booking and before the money leaves your hand cuz once you board the plane back to the USA it becomes a lot harder to handle, but if they are reputable outfitters, there is a few things that can be done if push comes to shove, but that’s for another article. Any questions, feel free to contact Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC for we are a USDA approved establishment and we clear lots of international orders every year and we can answer most questions. Remember it’s your money, your choice, and life is way too short to worry about this.

Posted on: Sunday, January 24, 2016
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Darted White Rhino  created by Wildlife Taxidermist Artist At  Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC

Pedestal Mount

Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2016
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Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC would  like to post what you are going to pay for a guided hunt here in America or any international hunt.

First you have the cost of the hunt, the travel , the hotels or B&B , Tags , etc that you would be aware of

Tips. The going rate for tipping your North America guide is 150.00 per critter and 150.00 to camp help-cook,etc.. For international hunt the going rate is as follows. PH is 500.00 to 1000.00 depending on the type of game hunted and if they worked hard for you. Camp help-cook, cabin help is usually 300.00 max. Skinner/tracker is usually 150.00 to 200.00- if you are going to be cheap, here is not the place IF you want your trophies back in good condition. I will usually tip the skinner the amount above plus I will go buy a skinning knife/sharpen steel here at home and then give them to the skinner along with the cash. The type of knives they work with are dull and large and are worthless in the skinning shack. Plus I always bring small bite size candy like suckers for the help to enjoy cuz they don’t have any and they love them.

Next is to have 50.00 or more in cash , in  5.00 bills to tip the drivers, the police handling your guns, airline personal, to anyone helping you out

So when you harvest a trophy, its skinned and salted or skull cleaned up so if your in Africa they will then go to the taxidermist to be dipped and packed- always bring your trophy back to the USA and support our ecomey .  They will send you a pack list first, read it over and make sure everything you have shot is on the list. example is horns, cape or full skin, skull or skull, full skin. If there is anything missing you must contact them now and point out the problem before you paid their wage. If everything is good to go , they would of sent the banking info to you and you now must go to your bank and wire them the amount due for the pack and dip.  Make sure you read over the bank wire before your bank sends off your money, most of them have never done this before and are clueless too.  Most taxidermist charge from 90.00 to 150.00 per critter plus the permit fees for shipping.

Next after you have paid off the taxidermist over there, they will then hand off your shipment to a freight co in about 3 to 6 months , who will then apply for your export permit and find room on a airline to ship the crate. Most shippers will ship your crate C.O.D. to your customs brokers like Coppersmith but you must make arrangements before hand to do this. Freight  is 800.00 to 2000.00 depending on the weight and size of the crate–elephant is a lot more to sip than a zebra.

If any CITES permits are needed for the game hunted-leopard, elephant, etc. then you must apply for one at the USFG for the sum of 100.00 and are only good for one year

Custom brokers like Coppersmith, is who my studio uses, will charge you a flat rate of 300.00 to clear your shipment. Then they will ship the crate by freight to Capps Taxidermy Studio which will cost somewhere between 70.00 to 400.00 depending on weight.

If any swine or primates or shipments from south Africa or Asia, they must be cleared by USDA and Capp’s Taxidermy Studio is an approved stop for that and the flat file fee is 45.00 min to 300.00, depending on what has to be done to the shipment to make it safe.

Then the final cost is to the US taxidermist for the mounting and shipping the trophies  back to you and you should be aware of all those cost before hand

Posted on: Saturday, December 12, 2015
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The Bongo is the jewel of Africa’s antelope

Hunted in the rain forest of Cameroom and Congo

Shots are usually taken with 20 yds and when harvested , the trackers have to clear a spot just to take a photo.

CAPP’S TAXIDERMY STUDIO LLC

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Posted on: Sunday, November 1, 2015
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The Tiny 10 of Africa are small size antelope

Most hunters that harvest one of the tiny 10 are always hunting another game animal and most of the time, they harvest the Grey Duiker first.

Other hunters that have been on safari quite a few times plus hunting other places in the world are starting to run out of wall and floor space so they still want to hunt and have adventures that they start to hunt the tiny 10 of Africa

90% of the hunters that harvest some of the tiny 10 will life size the animal just because they do not take up much room.  The smallest one, Bate’s Pgymy Antelope is the size of a medium size cottontail rabbit  to the duikers that would be the same size as a poodle dog

5% with do wall mounts and the last 5% will do shoulder mounts but as pedestals that are stacked, which means that they are all on one base and with room to add more as you go through life.

The hunter that has one on their wish list must  remember is to shoot only solids at them. Any other bullet will create major  damage the skin , and some are only hunted with a shotgun and one must remember never to aim directly at them, aim a little high and hit them with only some of the pellets to keep damage to a minimum.

Taxidermists are not magician, we can only do so much for when the skin arrives at the studio and it’s has a major hole in it, it will have a scar or if there are no ears, feet then that’s how they will be mounted

At Capp’s Taxidermy Studio, we will try to replace or repair any damage and  I can  improvise but that only after 37 yrs of experiencing a lot of damage to all type of skins. Trust only the ones with a lot of experience with your hard earned trophies

Go live life, it has a expiration date.

Posted on: Monday, September 7, 2015
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It’s almost time to start hunting fall bear , so it’s also time to learn how to judge a big old male bear.

The 1st thing to look for is the size of the head, if it’s a block head and the ears are just in sight and are on the side of the head, it’s a good bear.

The next is to look at the belly. Does it hang there like a beer belly on people. It should be just above the ground.

The next is does he have a wiggle when he walks. Big bears have a waddle.

The last thing to look for is the look of the face. Males and females have different looks on the face. Most old bears have scars, parts of their ears are missing, some have a limp.

When you finally find that bear, take your time and make sure it’s a male, and not a female- if it’s a girl, watch it for quite a while to make sure she has NO cubs. Sit back and glass it, one can  measure it in your mind by looking at the bear and starting at the head, go one foot,two foot until you hit the back and you will be pretty close

Most hunters see a bear and shoot, they don’t care what it is-a bear is a bear which is wrong

With all the heat hunters are getting from the anti crowd, it’s time to smarten up and only harvest old males that no longer breed, have a great size of a hide to display proudly and consume the meat.

Hunting is different for everyone but for myself, it has to be a male, older the better but it’s mainly about the time in the woods, the physical endurance, it’s not all about harvesting game-that’s nice too though.

When you harvest a mature game animal, you get more meat, a hide or rack of horns you can be proud of and great memories.

Go and have fun

Posted on: Sunday, August 9, 2015
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Shipping hunting trophies within North America to Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC  is not complicated, it’s quite easy.

If the skin is NOT fleshed and salted and only frozen solid, then you MUST ship it by next day air unless you are within the state of Montana or bordering the state, then regular UPS will do.

If the skin is salted and NOT dried, it MUST be shipped by 2nd or even 3rd air but there must be a lot of salt on the hide.

If the skin is salted and dried or in the case of furs that are just air dried, you can ship it by regular UPS or even USPS as long as you have a tracking number on the packages.

On the shipping container, you must use a leak proof box or otherwise UPS and FEDEX will not deliver it–they are a little weird.

For most items coming out of Alaska and Canada, I recommend wax fish boxes and wrapped with duct tape . They do not leak and can hold the largest of brown bears with no problem.

For all shipments within the USA and even ALASKA and Canada, I would recommend going to the store and buy a plastic tote with the lid. Place the hide in the tote, place some paper inside to absorb any fluids from the hide,  place lid on it and drill holes into the lid edges into the tote’s edges and secure with plastic zip ties and then wrap with duct tape for some of the zip ties will break unless you buy the good ones with wire embedded into the plastic.

On some shipments with alligators, some will just go buy a plastic coolers . Place the skin it with some newspaper and wrap with a lot of duct tape.

When shipping antlers, the skull must be cut in half. , I cut up old lawn hose for  the tips of the  antlers or place cardboard over moose and caribou and then wrap in duct tape. Then the two sides are tape together and  then wrapped in bubble wrap. For horns-sheep-antelope-just wrap and place in box.

Place all paper work, tags, copies of import, export and contact info on the INSIDE of the package, placed in water proof plastic bag, do not place on the outside to adverisize what the package hold, I just do not trust some people.

Write Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC address on the side and on the top with a felt marker but leave room for the shipping label. Insure the package by stating the contains are a HUNTING TROPHY. Do not state exactly what the hunting trophy is, it’s none of their business.

Always ship on a Monday so it has all week to be delvered  on the salted and dried items and up to the middle of the week  for next day air for they don’t delver on weekends

Contacts Capp’s Taxidermy Studio by phone, text or by email with the tracking number when the package is shipped so I can track it and be on the lookout for it

When the shipment comes into the studio, Capp’s will contact you stating it’s in our hands and even take a pix of the shipment for you.

Posted on: Sunday, November 30, 2014
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Taxidermy is fine art.

There is good art and bad art , the same goes for taxidermy.

We have all seen the good and bad. The only thing about taxidermy is that , that animal gave it’s all to be there. With paint or clay, you can always just start over , the same with taxidermy but with some differences .

Some people will say that taxidermy is not a art form, they are so closed minded that they can not see out of the box. They think that you must be using a brush or clay to create their art. Well I hate to tell this type of people that the good taxidermist use those items and a hell of a lot more. At Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we use hand brushes and airbrushes with acrylic, water and lacquer paints to finish the mounts but before any of that happens, we start with a form that must be molded,carved and sculpted for the pose out of urethane form. welded in all thread for strength , then molded with clay for all the muscle detail on the whole form. Then its time to prep the tanned skin and that alone takes a good while.

With the great artist, they must see it in their minds before doing it with their hands. Same with the wildlife taxidermist artist, we see and plan it out in the mind. If you don’t see and feel it, you will never be one of the best. The proof is in the pudding so to say.

When you bring or send your trophy into a taxidermist artist. like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC, he should be putting out ideas on  your ideas on how it will look the best, how he should sculpt the form, the base with habitat. So like I tell my clients, if you can put their ideas in my mind,it will be done with some of my twists.

If the wildlife taxidermy art doesn’t look alive or so to speak, wink at you, its not good taxidermy art. All my clients are given the choice of action. I tell them they will have to look at this for a long time so why not have action in the pose instead of just staring into space. I also tried to tell them to place in other critters into the scene, like for example a mt goat bedded down on the rocks and having some blue grouse walking around it. it all in the imagination.

Open your mind and experience all the great art especially the wildlife taxidermy art .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on: Monday, May 19, 2014
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