OVER 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
USDA APPROVED
213 East Park Anaconda, MT 59711
CALL: (406) 560-4195
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Why do we have any item taxidermy. Some would say its for the bragging rights or to inflate their ego.And some do that but the main reason to have your item taxidermy is for the memories, yours and the people, if any with you. I can look at my personal trophies and I remember the hunt,weather,time of year, the work to get the meat, trophy out and all the sweat that goes with it. Same goes for my children trophies cuz I was there and I also remember their enjoyment of harvesting that trophy with  dad. I had a grumpy old lady once ask what was I going to do with all my trophies I have in my showroom when I die, I looked at her( the only reason she graced my studio with her persist was her husband was picking up a life trophy)  and said I’m dead, I don’t care what my family does with them, they are my memories so hopefully the family will sell some but some they will stay in my family. So people just don’t get it and that sad. A mount haves a lot more zip than some floral design, scene picture or whatever they would have on their wall. True, some mounts have a lot to be desired but if you have great taxidermist like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC then you have a work of art and if you use your imagination and really put in some habitat, maybe a pedestal and have the game have attitude then it will look great to all but only if all has a open mind and not a closed one like some have. Taxidermy is art. A great studio like Capp’s  custom sculpts the mannikin’s for all the details for a action mount and then custom builds the bases to add the mount and the habitat on. Not all taxidermist are created equal, everyone has a different style. So next time you harvest a item,fish,bird,game,etc. and it has a lot of memories, bring it in to a taxidermy studio like Capp’s and have to done to save the memories and display it proudly

Posted on: Saturday, December 15, 2012
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Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC has now expanded the business to include Don’s sculptures. Don has been doing taxidermy for over 41 yrs and has been sculpting mannikin’s for that long. When you hire Capp’s, you can decide on how ever you want you mount to be and if it does not exist, Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC will make it for you and that is want gives Don the edge on sculpting , you must use your imagination. What I have been sculpting is what intrigues me the most and so far that has been the game animals of Africa.I have tons of experience is all of the animals of the world from doing taxidermy on most of them. You just let your mind do all the work. I have a rhino as the brand symbol of Capp’s so that has been the 1st sculpture that I have done,a bust and then it was a small life one of a rhino too. And so on its been leopards,elephants,etc..they are all detailed up and if its a life one,its in action. Its like life mounts,i like to see action in them instead of just standing there looking out into space. The main mediums that I use are clay and for the most detailed parts I like to use a special blend of wax. Sculpting on this scale just can be addicting for there is nothing you cannot create–the world is yours. You will have to check out the new page that will be coming up in the near future with some of the clay models,bronzes and then a sale page for them and also the business name it will be under.. Then when the studio is at a sports show,you can view some of them up. If anyone wants a special made piece,just email us for more details.Enjoy

Posted on: Saturday, December 1, 2012
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I hear that the” big shops” say that if another studio does not charge high rates like themself  then they are not a quality studio. Boy are they wrong, sure that is most of the case but there are exceptions, like my studio. Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC is very professional and experienced. At this studio I have much lower rates then most shops and that’s cuz of Montana’s economy and lower overhead–nothing else!!!!!!! Most shops are located in populated areas and have more population in their city than Montana has in the whole state. I only use the best national tanneries, .the best materials and the best mannikin’s that I think have the best anatomy. I’m contently re sculpting the forms to match the measurements of the hides, to place in the details of the muscles that are working for that pose,age,in all shoulder mounts,heads of the rugs,fish,or the life mounts and to what the client wants. Original dosen’t cut it here . Here at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we do not cut corners on quality. Our work would go toe to toe with the big shops any day. We use the best and have the experience . This full time studio has been in the business for 33 yrs, have done lots and lots of the worlds animals many times over and over 50 yrs in the field experience is very valuable. Here in Montana i’m spoiled for I can go look at wildlife anytime I need to,drive 5 minutes and i’m looking at elk or bighorn sheep or another example is that I have been running hounds for decades and have treed lots of lions,bobs,coons and even lynx when legal to do so. When I sculpt the mannikin’s or for the bronzes,I can think of all of the anatomy in my mind and transfer it to the mediums-clay , foam, etc..That’s experience and that’s what you get when you hire Capp’s. I guess I’m pretty opinionated but I’m very passionated about creating. I just love to watch an project come to life and I love to recreate action, making the project in motion by running,fighting,hunting,etc.

So how can I charge alower rate, its cuz of where I live, lower bills, lower taxes and Montana has no sales tax and knowing things that only come with experience .So you cannot judge this taxidermy studio by the low rates,would I like to get the major rates that the big shops  get, hell yes but in my Montana economy I would never get it , I would get some in state clients and some of the out of state client that really support this studio but I think in time I would go out of business. So do not judge  on price, judge on the work and the experience. So when the “big shops” say they are the best, some maybe but way over prices…Check out Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC  you will not be sorry, you get what you pay for and here it’s a lot more…

Posted on: Sunday, November 18, 2012
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Here at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we pride our self on being totally professional in all aspects. We are the only studio in this part that do all services under one roof. All mounts,rugs,skulls,fish,birds,wood work,horn work–NO contracting work out.!! We do all except for the tanning. I use 7 different tanneries,why, cuz I do not like to keep all my eggs in one basket but one tannery dose a great job on international but not so good on furs or one is great on furs but suck at elk,etc. To be one of my tanneries you must be professional,must have low prep time,great luster on the hair,great turnaround and mainly it must have great stretch. We also own our own colonies of beetles for cleaning the skulls. Sure you can boil your own skulls but what that dose is boil the grease into the bone,and you can not get every piece of meat on the skull but some say that’s OK, it’s only mine and it looks great.But the real truth is the beetles eat everything,hell if you don’t cover the horns on sheep,antelope,etc. they will eat them too.The sinus are left intact where when boiling,they will have to come out and leaving a empty cavity.Its like if something is wrong with you and you need to see a doctor,do you go with a crappy one or do you go with a good one. Here at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we prep the skull,freeze them to kill anything that is on them,place them in the colony,remove them after all is cleaned off it, degrease them for days to weeks-depending on the type of game,place them in the whiting compound-not painting the stuff on it but submersing them,remove and dry, seal and ready for the client. We receive the international shipment, we make the hardwood bases,pedestals,etc.Get  a MAJOR discount for shipping the crates out to you. We can also update the clients with pic’s of the work through your email if wanted. Custom sculpture the forms. Hell I’m now doing sculpture’s made out of bronze but that will be another post.     All I can say is that this studio does it all and for great rates,why, cuz I have lower overhead.. We think of the client all the way. Try us out, you will not be sorry.

Posted on: Saturday, November 17, 2012
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Politics are everywhere. Here in Montana , they are controlling the Fish &Game dept. and under the current administration they have totally screwed up the animal populations. They live in a fantasy world when it comes to counting the game numbers. They fly in the spring/winter parts of the months but never use ground cover to count the numbers and then they add in a number for the ones they never seen. Take for example the bighorn sheep in the western part of the state. They never go a field to count, they count from the roads and they don’t get the real numbers and so they overpopulate and then the main 3 herds of sheep all got sick and they lost over 80% of the herds ,why,cuz they all play the politic game. In this part of Montana they have screwed up and now we do not have any more hunting areas for moose,sheep and mt goat and no one holds them accountable. They blame the wolves and sure,they hold a little of the blame-not just wolves but all predators–but the truth is that the politics of mt fish and &game is the real problem . The biologists do the work and then sent the info to the main guy in Helena and then they decide if the numbers are real or not and then they make the decision on the numbers to hunt. Some of the biologist’s are from out side of this state and just don’t understand the game. If the numbers are down-which is their fault- they will close an area ,even if they have a small,hunt able numbers. It’s like Africa, if there is no hunting allowed,the game all suffer from poaching,etc.. but if there is hunting,the villages all get the meat,a % of the trophy fees,jobs from the hunting camps and the economy go up in those areas but no matter what you tell these people,they just do not listen and who suffers, the business,like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC, the people that work with the wildlife and finally, the game suffer.They are a bullet/hook club which means that they must harvest game with the sportsmen to stay in business but some still don’t get it. There is so many ways that they can improve everything but they don’t listen . So the out of state hunters are not coming here it hunt and why should they. Now, for the last 2 years the out-of-state licenses are not selling out and in the next session they will be trimming the fat and I can only hope they lose the fat and learn to listen to the sportsmen that pay their way. We can only HOPE that the new administration wakes up and does it right.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Bring the trophies back to be mounted in the USA. Some international hunters go over there, Africa, etc.. and they leave them there to be mounted for they THINK they are getting a deal. Yes there money is less than the USA dollar but lets look at the facts. Their tans for the mounting process is not a tan but its only pickled. I have had others tan for example their zebras flat skin and every summer when it gets warm, the hide will start to smell and that’s cuz its only pickled but they got a great deal on it. and I have done some of their so called tans and they are not tans,they have zero stretch,they are not tumbled in hardwood dust but rather in skin shaving,they drum when they dry and believe me its a mount that I would not put my name on. They hire anyone that can do the job and when he quits, there are a line on people to take their place. The main taxidermist is good but he is not doing your work.They are using harmful chemicals on your skins and yes they may cause harm if you are a round of them enough. Bring them home to a professional taxidermist here.If you do not know where to bring them,check around by the web,etc. You do not have to bring them to the guy down the street that only does a great job on deer but dosen’t do much on a eland. You can go with the big shops that have big overhead and also big rates to go with it. Here  Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we are a small professional business that the studio is in a professional building located in the business section of the town so I do not do it out of  my home so I have double the bills -power,taxes,etc than the one that does the work out of their house.This is full time professional studio that does everything under one roof except for tanning,that’s why I pay the pros for. The small business man assumes all the responsibly by hiring talented worker,paying the salaries,taxes,and supporting the economy,local and national. When you leave your work over there you are not supporting America. True its your money but put yourself in the small business man shoes and see a different world. The USA taxidermist must rely on hunters bringing in their work to survive, they are not on a salary like most are and that’s the difference. They pay for everything them self and work many more hours just so they can support their families. They say its a lot cheaper to have the trophies done over there but its not when its all said for. None of my mounts have yet to smile at you when completed.All the mounts and sculpture’s are very detailed and lifelike and if you have a problem with them,just call or visit the studio, you can’t do that if you leave them over there.

Posted on: Saturday, October 27, 2012
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I think  that youth hunting is great. In Montana youth hunting starts 2 days before the general season  and many kids are just happy to get to hunt deer before the real season starts.The best way to get youth or grown ups to get hooked on hunting is to start them out shooting trap. Take them out to a range or do like I do is to go out to the woods and throw clay pigeons up for the newbie and let them try to hit them, they will miss more than they will hit. Do this many times over the summer and then take them out bird hunting–duck,grouse,etc.. and that way they can shoot at any bird that flies over them and its fun. Most people that hate shooting guns have never tried it and have never had the people that would take the time to teach them the right way to do it. Most states have youth hunts for big game and birds and if done right with mom and dad it will have a great memory for them to remember forever. And the 1st harvest the parents must have them mounted-shoulder mounts,skulls,tanning of hides,etc..here at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we encourage the whole family to get involved and have a great time every time you head for the woods. The studio puts up quite a few memories every season for the youth hunter and most are girls.Go out and have fun.

Posted on: Saturday, October 20, 2012
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There is your game,you take the shot and a few minutes later you are standing over your kill. Ok , take some pictures of the harvest and now what. The temp is between 50 and 90 and you are wondering what to do now. First of all now is the time to start on the trophy, its not the time to go find your hunting friend or to talk about the hunt, its time to start on the trophy. You now must skin out the game animal by starting to anline the animal on its stomach and by skinning the animal down its back. Start by placing the knife where the head joins the neck and making the main cut all the way to the tail of the animal, even if you are only going to do a shoulder mount. Skin the hide off the animal and cut off the back half if you are only doing a shoulder mount and then cut the quarters,back straps,etc.. off the animal and place the meat on the back half. Then you must skin out the head, its easy and just take your time. Start by cutting a Y cut to each horn and the start on the face. After its off you will need to keep it cool  in the shade or whatever to keep it cold.You can fold the skin in half so its skin to skin and the hair on the outside. You can throw in some sticks in the inside of the cape/ hide so air can move around inside the skin. You can let it air dry a little but not so much that it is hard or getting a film on it. If you are camping you should have some fine salt and if so rub the amount of salt you have on the flesh and rub and rub again so you are not missing any of the flesh. If no salt then you must get going..start back packing the trophy out . If you have any unskinned parts of the trophy you are packing out you must leave that part out when you roll up the skin for the pack out, For example a bear, leave the head and feet out for they still have body heat on the unskinned parts.When you arrive at the truck,camp you must keep the skin cool,place it in the shade,on ice,whatever but its your responsible. When driving in you should be calling the taxidermist like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC and meet them at the studio so the pros can get the skin in the salt or if you are going  home, you can freeze it as long as there is no bad smell starting. My Otto is if you can freeze it,freeze it..!!!. The main thing is to think,simple as that and don’t get lazy, improvise and think it will be OK or I can not save the skin so I better just do the meat,its the same dam thing. I have had stupid people do that and if you can save the meat then you can save the trophy so that is never a excuse. I recently had a sheep hunter harvest a bighorn ram and never took the time to learn what to do for the meat or skin and when the outfitter was 1 day late, he blamed the outfitter when the skin spoiled and most of the meat too. He never knew how to skin or cut the animal so it could and should of been saved, or all he gets out of the hunt of a lifetime is a skull mount, what a waste. Before you go,call the taxidermist, it will save the trophy now and years later if you ever harvest one in the summer heat.

Posted on: Sunday, September 23, 2012
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The different types of animals that are not harvested for a score of the rack or the skull can be the most beautiful mount of them all. I do a lot of those types of like a gopher,porky,carp,or even a giraffe. Take for an example the common type of carp are very stunning in colors and the memories of bow fishing for them is so great that they make a great looking mount. But before one can do these types of mount one must have a open mind and not a closed mind. Most people that see those types of mount and are from the area that has those types of animals and take them for grated and wonder who would ever mount that type of animaL. Simple, one that doesn’t have a closed mind. I, at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC recently finished another pedestal giraffe with trees and habitat all around it on a oak base and they are -in opinion- are the most beautiful mount one can ever have, if you have the ceilings for one. But some can not see the trees for the forest. Mount anything you have the most fun and the best memories of and proudly display it and never listen to the poor type of people that will never have a open mind.

Posted on: Sunday, August 26, 2012
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Its time to fish, hunt internationally,bowfish, hike into some mtn lakes,shoot cans, anything. Do something people. You will live longer if you get out and do something with the family,friends etc..Summer will soon be over and it will be time for winter so go enjoy the summer.That is why I have not wrote on the blog this summ,way too many things going on .If you harvest something good, call or visit Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC.

Posted on: Thursday, August 9, 2012
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