213 East Park Anaconda, MT 59711
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I don’t care what you are buying, chances are there are some kind of hidden costs. Well the hunting world is no difference. You save and save for that great hunting trip you have been dreaming  of forever and now it’s time to go where ever you are going . All goes well during the hunt/ fishing trip but it’s when you are done with the adventure , they start to nickel and dime you on items that you thought were included in the adventure. Say you are hunting internationally and now you are bring some of your trophies to the taxidermist and now you find out that each one of those trophies are going to cost you money to have them dip and packed and also for the trophies to be delivered to him. I  have  had some clients skin out the game themselves  and cut the racks and still get nailed full cost even when the people at the taxidermist shop said they will give them a break on the cost—wrong . Then there are the gun fees, sales tax, air freight for the trophies, custom fees, broker fees,  etc.etc.., hell,in some parts of the world I swear they would charge you for the air you breath if they could !. So  when you go, make sure you ask all the questions, use a travel co. So they can go what they do the best like meet and greet at the airport, hotels and all the travel needs and also get all the names, numbers of who,what ,where so if something is not right, you can contact the people there  and then its time go to the taxidermist  like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC  and talk to them. We will answer all of those quetions and if we can’t, we will find them out for you and we will also give you the hunting pack which will have most of those questions answered plus all shipping tags for your trophies-2per critter so when they contact you from over there and ask what you want to do with these animals, you can say what you said when you dropped them off–ship them to the addresses on the tags and do nothing else !! (that is a famous line for some taxidermist ). So ask, ask and ask some more for there are always hidden cost and if it’s small things or just bad luck, then that’s just the way it goes but it’s better to be somewhat prepared. So save a little more money cuz you will be needing it.

Posted on: Saturday, June 23, 2012

Your at a sports show or at the dinner of a sportsmen assc. like SCI and the auction is full of trips, hunting  and fishing  for everywhere in the world and you are starting to think I should bid on some of these. Before you start the bidding you should do some research. If you are — for example–at the convention of SCI you can go over to the booth of the donor and start asking some questions and reality talk to them,  ask them who,what,etc and some references are a must. Do the research.  And then check the price of getting there , motels , customs, and the taxidermy  rates.  Here are Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we have clients get a hold of us before they book and some after they already booked,  so they can get a info pack which includes rates,broker,custom info ,shipping tags and lots of others info and to talk over all the questions they have on that type of adventure. Chances are I have heard from all type of hunters that have gone on the same type of hunt that you are calling on so I can give you some great tips and if I cannot,I know someone that can help, so never forget to call the taxidermist . Call Capp’s Taxidermy Studio llc.For an example, I talked to a client the other day that just returned from a hunt in Africa and was wondering now what to do concerning when and where his trophies were coming into.One great tip -do all this before you go and you will know whats going on all the way, one less worry. Same goes for the local dinner auction,check it all out and do not listen to the people trying sell it unless they have been there. Just do not drink too much and end up buying something that is way to much money for if you resell it, you will not get anywhere close to what you paid for it. At the big shows, most all booths have a show special that must be bought before the show ends and most of all those trips are legit and are great valve. I have had some clients book these types of trips and they were all great adventures, harvesting some great critters but they all did their homework and rechecked everything they needed to. All I’m saying here is that there are some great adventures out there but you have to go looking for them, check out some hunting consultants- their sites and call them, go to the big shows-its a great way to get out of dodge and have fun ,and go to some of the local chapters of the sportsmen org. when they are having their yearly fundraiser dinners. Just remember the most important thing–do not bid unless you know all the in and outs…Have fun.

Posted on: Saturday, May 19, 2012

You must improvise a lot in live. At Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC , we must improvise every day .Thinking on your feet.  Every time we do a life mount , we must improvise by make the form fit the skin, by altering the way the form is to meet the standard of the client . You are only limited to the way you think. For example, you are mounting up a impala and you ordered the form to the dry measurements of the tan,ordered the glass eyes,etc.. When you are done prepping the form and the skin you noticed that the earliners are the wrong size and now you must make your own, you can do a bondo ear which is fine for bison or hogs but not for a thin ear impala so that means that you must use the real liner as a guide and make a pair out of h-form which is plastic with a cloth sides which I make a lot of custom liners out of. so you make one,try it,trim it,re do it, etc.., until it fits perfect. then the form is too long in the face so you cut some off and reattach the nose piece or fill with foam and then sand to fit and so on–that is what everyday at the studio is,esp. if you are doing life mounts. Then you are basically  remaking the form that you just spend hundred’s on. On fish you must do it a lot, the fins are not perfect so you are fixing them,etc..Same with live in general, you cannot make this so you make that, the road is down so you must find another way to your destination . its a way of live here for me . So if this studio is to stay professional then we must improvise to please the clients and myself.

Posted on: Monday, April 23, 2012

US Custom now has a war on American hunters . They are making up rules as they go. They are seizing legally taken African/world game that requires a CITIES permit to enter this country. Take for an example ,leopards that are taken legally with the quotas in the country of origin are seal by their wildlife dept. with the right paperwork but now the custom ports are saying that must have the number in quota that they were taken–5 of 300, etc, and not telling the country of origin that they must now have this on the seals. Each port has their own rules it seams .The head of the USFG has promised to fix this big problem but as of Feb. at the SCI meeting in Vegas has failed to do this but promised to get around to it someday. So when  hunters wants to go to Africa to hunt, hopefully they do not want a CITIES permit animal but if they do they all must first get a SP 50 forms for their firearms and send it in to US Customs and then if they are sure that they are hunting a CITIES critter that must apply form 3-177 at least 3 months  before going over or if not sure then apply after you come home  for you only have 1 yr to have your trophy shipped into customs before the permit is no good and they are not allowing any more shipments to be exported and then imported again and no more 30 day grace period and so your shipment will be seized. I only trust a few US custom ports ,(they are not all the same cuz of the personnel ) they are -so far – friendly to the hunters and will work with the custom brokers that my studio--Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC  uses and if they are in need of a USDA I have them shipped to one of the tanneries I use by that port. All of this is in my international hunting packet that is given to hunters that are using my studio for their taxidermy. So if you are going,call or email and find out the good and the bad about the trip and shipping home your trophies.

Posted on: Thursday, April 19, 2012

Nothing in the world is perfect, there is always something just off center compared to the other side. In the animal world there is always off. On antler game-elk, deer , etc. one side is perfect and the other side of the rack maybe laid out a little to the left or right or the horn is up higher on the main beam or its the tines that are different. On horned game-antelope,goats,etc. are different for those horn shells are removed to clean the meat under the horn and are placed back on with glue and are arranged back to almost perfect but some do grow just like antlers. Now it’s the taxidermist job at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC to make them almost perfect when they are placed on the form for mounting by placing wedges under the skull cap to align it so it looks normal. All animals have something out of place, just look close at your pet,even people are like that-one eye is lower that the other,etc..so nothing is perfect . There is one record book that measures animal horns,skulls and antlers and in their world it must be perfect or you get a deduction on the final score and I think that is just wrong. The main record book that I place my entries in is SCI and they measure everything and that’s the way it should be for nothing in the real world is perfect.


Posted on: Sunday, April 15, 2012

Decisions,Decisions,Decisions, what to do . When you bring in your critter to a taxidermist like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC  you have to make a decision on what you are going to do-reality you have to make that decision when you harvested the animal but that another blog.Are you going to do a shoulder mount for the wall or a pedestal mount-alone or with a habitat with it or a floor pedestal or a table one. Or are you going to do a rug-open or closed mouth  and what 2 colors of felt,backing are you going to do-most have the wife pick out the colors to match the room it will be going in. Or finally you can do a life mount,open or closed mouth, running, bedded, walking, climbing. Habitat can be rock, water,logs, sand, and on and on. Then on all but the rug,which way are you going to turn it, left, right, straight or something custom. The shoulder mount will take up the less room but a simple life mount will take up less room than a rug. But in my opinion you can do what you have the room for but if you have the room, do a life mount. Its requires a lot more attention to details but if you want something WOW, then this is it but only if you realty use your imagination and do not just have it there staring into space, make a work of art out of it. have it bedded with a kill by it and small game sneaking in on it or have like a mt goat bedded with blue grouse walking by it and the goats head looking down but the eyes watching them, or have a bear running on river rock or in water with it splashing up with a fish in its mouth.  Mt lion or a leopard climbing a branch or rock with a kill its it mouth. Make them great for you will have a lifetime to look at them and If done right like  by Capp’s Taxidermy Studio    LLC you can have WOW….

Posted on: Friday, April 13, 2012

Warm water fish or cold water fish, it matters when you are mounting one. Warm water fish do not have much oils in the skin and fins and the skin is a lot thicker than a cold water fish. Warm fish are pike, walleye,bass,perch,etc and they are all white colored meat,very good to eat. For color, they have a lot of green and yellows in them and do not change shape or color when spawning like a cold water fish. They are mounted the same as all other fish here at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC with a hand carved body,a custom molded fiberglass head,hand painted glass eyes and all painted with a airbrush with lacquer and a completion gloss top coat. With the cold water species, like trout and salmon these fish are very oily and must have the head , of course,and fins removed and glass ones are placed in their areas on the skin(fin replacement is on large fish only or on all salmon). They have lots more color than warm water fish and all turn different colors and shapes when spawning and that is what most clients want their fish too look like , even if they are not caught in the spawn time. They both take time to dry out right so it does take months to get them back, why, cuz they have to dry, fins will curl if not done right,and then it’s just working them into the rotation. If you want one within a couple of months then I would say to get a repo one of the fish,warm or cold. So I guess that whatever species you are fishing for and catch a good one,take care of it stated in fish mounts below these post,and have it mounted by a professional taxidermist so you and everyone can enjoy it…

Posted on: Monday, April 9, 2012

When hunting aboard,it’s a complete different world from hunting and shipping your trophies to the taxidermist from north America . First thing is to decide on what you want to hunt . Then if any of those trophies are a CITIES permit animal then you must apply for the permit ,3months before you go. Then go to the taxidermist and they will give you a international hunting packet which here at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC contains papers for the USDA, customs,shipping tags,etc that you help you when hunting and shipping your trophies back to the USA and to the taxidermist. Once you are there and start harvesting game , they will bring your trophy to the skinning shed and that is where you will give them your shipping tags-2 per animal,one for the skin and the other for the skull or horns. Then your trophies will be brought to a taxidermist to be dipped and packed for the shipment to your custom broker, this will take awhile,it’s not like hunting here when you can box your game and take them on the plane,etc with you. Here it will take 3 to 16 months to get your turn to be shipped . South Pacific is the quickest at 3 months and the further you go inland in Africa, the longer it will take to get here. For your CITIES permit animal,elephant,leopard,croc,etc you must have the export co. ship them before the permit expires which is one year or you will have to reapply and start all over again. Once the trophy care is paid for, they are shipped by air freight on commercial airlines to a USDA port and then on to your custom broker in the port that you have picked,clears customs and all is paid for on this end it then is shipped by freight to your USDA taxidermist or to the tannery that your taxidermist uses for USDA . And its only go to a USDA tannery if you harvested swine-hog- or primate- baboon. It can get very complicated so be patience and contact your PH , taxidermit and your broker when questions come up. The final cost usually runs around $1200 to $2400, depending on the weight and that’s for all, customs,USDA,air bill and ground shipping. If you take three plains game or 12 plains game,it usually cost the same in shipping so you want to have fun and spend some time hunting and enjoy that country, you may be back to hunt again or you may never see that country again so have fun.

Posted on: Monday, April 2, 2012

When shipping in trophies to the taxidermy shop like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC,you must do the following. On game animals You must skin out the trophy and use fine salt and if you want and have a freezer in camp, then freeze them too, if no freezer then you will have to roll up the hide with the salt inside and place the hide out of the weather and get it off the ground ,place it on an angle so the hide can drain. If you are out in the bush for sometime, then you will have to start to dry out the hide and then you can fold the hide so it can fit in a box for shipping. On birds , you can place them in a woman’s pantyhose , that way the nylon holds the feathers down tight to the body with no damage and then they must be frozen. On fish, you can do two things, one is to take a photo and measure length x width and put it back in the water or you can or the real skin mount-only on some types of fish- and place it in a cloth,and freeze it or keep it on ice-2 days top. Or if you are without a freezer , you can bury the fish in salt and it will be good for 3 or so days. If the items are frozen without being salted then you must ship by next day air,FedEx or UPS. If the item is freshly salted then you could go with next day air or 2 day air- its a little cheaper. If the item is dry salted then you can mail it by whatever for it will not go bad but use one with a tracking number. For all frozen or freshly salted item you can use a waxed fish box or a real cooler, place inside with some newspaper and duct tape the hell out of it so no leaking occurs. For all other one can use a regular box. Once the items are mounted and ready to be shipped,it’s measured and a box is custom built for the item or items out of plywood-for UPS- and for larger mounts it’s built out of 7/16 wafer board ,the mount is then screwed into the wood on the crate and then cross bars are placed by the horns so nothing moves,once the client receives the crate,it does take awhile to unpack. All shipment are then shipped out by a major freight lines. Capp’s receives a major discount that is passed on to the client so it’s not as large a bite out of the pocketbook.The best thing to do is to contact the taxidermist before you go for the shipping packet and after you come back so they can be on the watch for the shipment…..

Posted on: Sunday, April 1, 2012

When have a mount done I try to tell the client to spruce it up instead of have a mount just looking into space, have it in action and with something else in with it. One with a shoulder mount you can go with just the mount on the wall like 95 percent do or you can add some habitat with it. Like grass or colored leaves, small driftwood or weathered limbs with moss on them and some different size rocks, some ice or snow or whatever the habitat was where you harvested the trophy. I have done deer eating apples of a limb or hogs with cactus . On life mounts you can do a lot of different things,like having bears fishing in a stream, running through water closed mouth or with a fish or a bone or have a larger predator chasing a smaller predator or having a mt. Goat bedded with blue grouse feeding around it. Bring in your trophy into a professional taxidermist that will work for you and has the experience for these types of mounts like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC and have them tan it and while it’s getting tanned, you can decide on how you want it done by deciding on the space you want to take up, by going to the search engines and looking up the species online and on what other game you want in the scene. You want to use your imagination for you are going to be looking at this mount for a long time and you want it look at every time and go WOW, what a mount !!

Posted on: Thursday, March 29, 2012
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213 East Park
Anaconda, Montana 59711

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