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Some Brook  trout of Montana. Created by Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC.

Posted on: Sunday, April 21, 2013
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Safari Club International has a yearly pubuction which has all their hunting awards in it for harvesting the biggest and best game animal for their record book and for their grand slams and their inner circles. The slams and the inner circles are completed by harvesting the game placed on that type of slam. There are many types of slams and levels for you to complete and to climb the ladder so to speak. The slams are divided into the areas for the world, like the South Pacific for stag,thar,fallow.water buffalo,etc.. and the North American for the game animals and another for predators, another for sheep,etc and for Africa which has as many if not more than North American.

The levels for the inner circles are copper,bronze,silver,gold and the top is for diamond. They have a list and the ones you must harvest to apply for that level.

So it like when you were a kid looking at the christmas catalog and dreaming but for this you have to plan and plan ahead of time unless you have unlimited funds and have lots of free time on your hands.

When you deicde to go for a your type of slam, you must start by planning air tickets, guides or not, apply for tags in those states you want to hunt and lots more but that is the fun of this. Say for intence, you want to head to Africa on a 10 game packet hunt and you do harvest all 10, some were spiral horn game,some were predators and some were swine. So now you have a start on the slams by having taken game in 3 or 4 slams and you are on your way.

When you receive the next issue of the hunting awards from SCI, you can now start to plan to apply more to the same slams or to go into another one.

I for one think this is a great way to expand your world by traveling out of your circle and go on great adventures, meet some different types of people with their cultures and by harvesting some great and different type of game that you are not used to. By supporting hunting here and where ever you may travel to. Alaway check with your taxidermist like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC for they should like Capp’s will be able to give you a travel pac with very important info on the place you are going to and on and how to receive your hunting trophies back to the taxidermist and to your trophy room-no matter what size.

So if you would like to expand your horizons,I strongly would like to advise to look into joining SCI and start to dream and make the dreams a reality……go have fun

Posted on: Thursday, April 4, 2013
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North to Canada. So you are thinking of hunting in Canada. What are you thinking of hunting. They are a wide variety of game to choose from. It could be the 4 type of caribou, big wt deer, 3 type of moose, black bear,wolf or sheep and goat. Its Canada so you have to go guided in most hunts or if you are after Quebec caribou you can go with just a camp keeper and will not be guided in the field.

Since you are traveling a distance to hunt this land, its best to do a combo hunt like goat and griz or moose and caribou. Its a lot cheaper to do it when you are up there rather than going back for something you let go in the first trip.

Now that you have decided on the game you want to go after it time to book with a outfit that has great references, will treat you good, feed you and take care of you.  You will have to book a time slot that will work for you and its the prime time for that critter. Will you be driving or will you be flying. If its flying that you picked, then you want to book a flight soon or just have a travel agent take care of it, especially if you have a stay over.

Time to contact the professional taxidermist like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC. and we will give you some ID tags for the game, a travel packet with tips,gun permits, and how to get the trophies to Capp’s went you get over the border and back in the USA. The best way to get the trophies to us is to take them home with you in a salted state and ship them by next or 2nd day air. Its a lot cheaper to do that than having them tanned in Canada plus you will be helping the US economy.

For the most part , all you need to bring is money for tags,tips,hotel stays and or gas, good optics,great sleeping bag,2 pairs of warm clothes,odds and ends like toothbrush,etc.. A good camera and a open mind. If you want a complete list of what I have always brought with me when I have fished and hunted in Canada, just let me know.

Most of the hunting up there is always teamed up with a great fishing spots so don’t forget to pack the breakdown fishing pole and tackle.

Just remember to hunt when you can and you don’t have to wait until you retired for if that’s the way you are thinking, you will never go anywhere hunting. I sen a stats on 100 people that will go somewhere to hunt when they retire and 3 will have to money to go anywhere,20 will be sick,25 will be dead,15 will be just getting by and 47 will be flat broke so go when you can for money will always be a problem, the trick is how to spend it-look around and do your homework , you do not have to book with the most experiences outfits to be successful….Go for adventure………

Posted on: Sunday, March 3, 2013
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So, you are thinking of hunting the lower 48 or Canada. So, it may be hunt in the same state that you live in or maybe a hunt in another state .

The first question is are you hunting alone or with a friend. If you are booking a hunt with a guide or on a drop camp, its cheaper to hunt 2 on one and if you are driving, then you have someone to spilt the cost with.

Now if you are hunt a couple hundred miles from home, then the same question as above comes into play too.

The first thing is to find out if you need to draw any of the tags for the animals you want to hunt and if so, which areas are you going to apply for. To find this out, there are a number of ways to do this .1st way is to book with a outfitter and talk to them . Call the state fish and game offices. Belong to a hunting group that applies for you for the state draws. Talk to people that have hunted where you want to go.

Here are the questions you want to ask:type of terrain, trophy size, number of predators, private to public land, number of game animals, walk in or open roads, camping areas, state info on the regulations.

Call or visit great professional taxidermy studios like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC and they will tell you how to care for the trophy, the meat,etc. How to ship or travel with the skins. They will tell you tips on travel, the areas you are thinking of hunting, they are full of info for they deal with hunters that travel all the time

Then you need to book travel, if driving then check out the rig, maybe new tires, a topper, etc,. Or maybe you have to fly and do not have to worry about the icy roads, then you have to book a airline ticket,buy or borrow a gun case for the plane, hotels before and after the hunt.

Start practicing the shooting , off trees, sticks,and whatever else you can think of. Reload or buy extra loads, if headed to Canada, then you need a passport and that that’s a little time to get. Buy a new sleeping bag for -25 below min. Start getting in shape and that’s the mind and the body. you are spending money on this hunt and if it comes down to running up a ridge or whatever to harvest the game animal , you want to be able to do it.. Go over all of the hunt in your mind over and over so you know what to do if you need to do something. If in the western states, buy a new GPS and the land map app for it and you will know exactly where you are all the time and do not have to rely on someone telling you.

Bring a good camera, great rain gear, great warm clothes, bug spray, etc. There is a lot to bring,depending on the type of hunt you are going on. The best thing I can think of is contact Capp’s, your booking agent,the state offices of fish and game and references and they will tell you all tell you all you want to know… Go have an adventure .

Posted on: Sunday, February 24, 2013
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Yep, it’s February, what a boring month. Here in Montana we are usually mid thigh in snow by now and if you do not like the white stuff, well its not a good thing then. But for the sportsmen it can be a good month. You can do a lot of outdoor activities. One can ice fish, try to catch a great fish to put on the wall, be a brook trout or that 40” steelhead or northern pike and be using the professional services of Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC. Or one can go into the field and call in predators or lion hunting if you have the hounds or friends that do. One can always do the skiing,snow boarding or like I do, go snowshoeing.

One can always go hunting , say in Texas for all the hogs they are having problems with, go harvest some great table fare and if picky, you will get a trophy for the wall and a memory.

This time of the year you should be applying for the big game tag drawing and building up points in the western states. I , myself apply for a few states and so far all accompled is building up points but I will be drawing soon–you can’t bitch about it unless you apply.

There are still quite a few sport show to attend where you can meet the outfitters,artist,etc and go and enjoy the surrounding atmosphere.

Whatever you do, you must stay positive and active or old man winter will get you down. Go do something, life it too short to not do something all the time……………. 

Posted on: Sunday, February 17, 2013
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So, you have decided to finally to get out of dodge and go have an adventure by booking a hunt. So now you must decide on where you want to go. Is it going to be somewhere close or going international. Is it going to be a single species hunt or multiple species. What weapon are you going to use. Is it just you or is a buddy going with you. how long is this adventure going to be.

After deciding on the above, its time to find the right hunt and the outfitter. There are many ways to do this, one can search the web,go to sports show like SCI, RMEF,the local show,you can visit the pro’s like Cabela’s,etc and or the pro’s like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC for the taxidermist hear who is good and who is not plus they are always doing work with clients that were successful with outfitters.

If you go to the shows,you can talk to the outfits face to face and see if they have a show special and or if they have a hunt up for auction for you to bid on.

The next action you must take is now get the outfitters references and email and call them and ask them all the questions you would like to know about them,the game, etc.–there are too many questions to ask and not that much space here so contact me and I will give you the must ask questions to.                                                                                                                                     You want the outfit to be very professional. So do your homework and find out everything you can find out about them before you book.

So now you booked a hunt and now what do you do. Just a hold of a travel outfit and have them book you airline,your meet and greet with gun permits-for international hunts-and the hotels for before and after the trip.

Now you must decide on what you are going to do with your trophy or trophies before they hit the ground. Just a skull mount or a shoulder mount,maybe a rug or a life size mount. So your next step is to contact a professional taxidermist like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC for you have invested a lot of money and time for this hunt and you do not want to bring them home for the guy that does it part time and out of his garage, trust only true professionals that taxidermy art is all they do. Contact Capp’s and we will answer all your questions, will send you out a international hunting package with custom brokers info with POA papers,USDA info, tips,rate lists, laminated shipping tags for your trophies,etc..

Its great that you have a open mind and want to explore the hunting world. I, myself love to talk and work for clients that have a open mind and love to hunt and hunt everything, not just turkey and deer. Go explore the world and live….Good luck hunting………………

Posted on: Sunday, January 27, 2013
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It’s show time. Get out of dodge and head to one of many hunting show that are all over the country.Most will just go to see old friends and walk through the area . Some will buy items hooked to hunting  like taxidermy , where you will stop at the booth and look over their mounts and if interested, you will start to talk to them , like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC.    Stop by and say hi if you ran across my booth.. Most are going to the shows for hunt/fishing trips. Some will buy them from the outfitter and some will buy them from the auctions. The best is to do the research on the printed material and circle the one you are interested in the auctions . Then go to the booth and talk to the outfit about the trip , get some references and start to call them to ask the many questions about their hunt and then go to the auction and start to bid on it. If it goes too high,you can start on the next trip you want and did the research on and if all go too high, you can always go to the outfit and most have a show specials and it should work in your favor. I once got a client a new Zealand hunt for a gold metal stag for 6k and he did harvest a 390 bull and had the time of his life.  The shows can be overwhelming, esp with African trips so you just must be picky and always do the research to be safe. Then hit the travel booths and see what the airfare would be to go to the area. At my booth, I always donate work for life mounts,pedestal mount,sculptures or wooden cases and then they sell them at auction or silent auction but 1st they are at my booth for people to see. The main thing is to explore and have fun. So if you go, have fun and always think ahead..Good luck………………

Posted on: Saturday, January 19, 2013
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What makes a great client. that is a great question. The main thing is that he or she must have a open mind and not a closed,small minded mind. That means that they have to be open to ideas,know what they want in life and will settle for nothing else. They live to have adventures, to travel and not just wishing they were someone else. They come into a taxidermy shop like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC and will use the taxidermist imagination, will never complain about the rates, will always want to be informed about the process, will never be calling or emailing saying is it done yet-over and over. They will understand that great taxidermy takes time and that they are not the only client that taxidermy studio like Capp’s has . They always put down a down payment  at the get go and always pays when completed. Will contact the taxidermist from time to time to talk shop–hunting , fishing, etc.. And always have a like mind like the taxidermist who like to hunt, and do adventures. I ,myself love to talk to clients that like to do what I like to do and love to talk to advertureous  clients that travel the states or world and listen to their adventures and of course also bring their trophies back to Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC.  Will never be lazy. Will always want to be going somewhere to hunt and never be like most and say , when I win the lottery, I will go–( they will never go anywhere in life for they are never going to win the lottery-if they do, they will be broke within  yrs–and you can never have that attitude, you make your own luck by doing and not by wishing.) So when you bring in trophies to the taxidermy studio, remember to be professional ,and think about what the taxidermist has on the line–only if they are professional taxidermists and that means that their only income is taxidermy and nothing else . So only use professional studios and not the one that has a day job and works out of their basement or garage. Be professional at all times.  Have fun and think out side of the box…………………

Posted on: Sunday, January 13, 2013
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So you find your self short of money or you inherited some mounts and you don’t want them or you want to upgrade and sell a older mount to pay for a new one, well here are some tips. If the mount is a special draw animal like a moose,sheep,mt goat then you will find a buyer soon and should get a good price, if its a deer or elk or something average that you can buy the tag over the counter then its going to be a lot tougher. The big thing here is “finding the buyer”. We can all sell something if we can only find the buyer. If you are selling normal game then most buyers are only buying it for the horns,head gear so if its big and makes book then we can ask for some money but if its only your memories and small head gear than you will be lucky to move it at all. African, Asian or the rest of the world trophies, it takes big head gear or very large predator to get a price for it. There is a blue book, so to speak, on mounts but most of them are insurance programs  but it will give you a good idea of what they are worth. If they have any CITIES permits-like elephant,rhino,leopard,etc then you must 1st get permission from the USFG for a permit to sell them and then they can only be sold in that state only and if you don’t have any papers on the mount then you can not sell it,legally. Vintage mounts are old and do not even looks like the animal so they are only valved after their head gear.

The best place to start is were  the out of state person is to visit on visiting your state or where they are buying property for before the economy went south,everyone coming here to build wanted a moose or buffalo hanging over their fireplace so look at realtors, and then go  with interior designers by calling them or emailing pic’s of the mounts with a normal rate so you have room to dicker. There are some sites on the web to sell but I would stay off sites like eBay unless you are not asking much for it . Professional Studios like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC would be able to offer where to sell in that area or other ideas. The newer the mount is, the better to sell and are done up by professional taxidermist like Capp’s then its a plus for then they are build to last and are correct anatomy. Like I said at the 1st part, if its a book animal with big head gear–predators cannot be put in this catagory for the book item is the skull,not the mount. And if its a special or CITIES animal then they are worth some big money but only if you can find the buyer.

If anyone has other ideas that work on where to sell,let me know……Good Luck………

Posted on: Saturday, January 5, 2013
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Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC would like to wish everyone that reads my blog a happy holiday. Sit back and enjoy the family, friends and everything that makes you happy. If your in snow like myself or on a warm sunny beach (lucky dog) or in the middle somewhere. HAVE A GREAT ONE…………………………

Posted on: Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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