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Opportunity in the Midst of the Pandemic

These are unsettling times. Each day brings worrisome news relating to COVID-19, from state-wide shutdowns to economic fears. And yet, in the midst of it, we hear stories of the good — restaurants opening their pantries, neighbors checking in one another, and people embracing the idea of slowing down and remembering what’s important. To me, it’s the perfect time for a hunt.

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A Day In the Life – Meet Mike Boyce of Animal Artistry

Animal Artistry has a wonderful back story – the midlife crisis, the closed-to-condemned building, the concept of animals in motion and the incredible response. And thirty years later, the business has earned its spot as a true American success story. It’s the kind of story people like hearing, which is why today, we’re sharing a day in the life of Mike Boyce, owner and founder of Animal Artistry.

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Where Did All the Real Hunters Go?

No one escapes progress, and hunting appears to be no exception. But I’d be hard-pressed to call the changes in hunting progress. This tech-heavy world of scopes and trail cameras and ATVs has altered the essence of hunting so much it’s hardly recognizable to what we did fifty, forty, even thirty years ago. And it makes me wonder — where did all the real hunters go?

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The Dirty Secret of the Taxidermy Industry

I had a phone call recently with a man who was absolutely irate about the way he’s been treated by taxidermists. It’s a common complaint – despite multiple phone calls and reassurances and promises about a six-month completion date, his hides are sitting another year at least. And that’s not the exception – it’s the rule. The dirty secret of the taxidermy secret is that most taxidermists got into the business without any idea of what it actually takes to run the business. That’s the root of most of its problems.

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What Does Good Taxidermy Cost?

When it comes time to choose a taxidermist, you have endless options. From single-man operations to world-class studios and everything in between, navigating the industry is a job in itself. For many of us, price point is a big consideration. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and that’s absolutely true when it comes to your mount. So what does good taxidermy cost?

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What Happens to my Taxidermy Deposit?

It’s common practice for taxidermists big and small to request a deposit. In theory, it’s money that will be spent on necessities for your mount. But in practice, that’s not always the case. Here’s what to understand about your taxidermy deposit, and why that money is long gone if you haven’t received your finished mount in six months.

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The Taxidermy Delay – What are You Waiting For?

At the Safari Club International convention here in Reno this February, we had the opportunity to speak with many people. What was striking was the number of hunters who shared versions of the same story – the immense delays they were experiencing with their current taxidermists. It’s a common complaint, but it begs the questions – when it comes to taxidermy, what are you waiting for?

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Safari Club International 2020 — A Review from Animal Artistry

The Safari Club International convention this year was exceptional on every front. After doing these conventions for 30 years, this was by far the best one yet — and that’s saying something. In addition to browsing the wonderful collection of exhibitors, the team from Animal Artistry had the chance to meet with outfitters from all around the world, many of whom owner Mike Boyce has hunted with and known for many years.

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Why We Hunt

Why the Best Animal Trophies Begin with Proper Field Care

There was a time when proper field care was a matter of honor and respect. Unfortunately, that no longer seems to be the case for the majority of hunters today. Many outfitters do the bare minimum, with hunters not knowing the difference, or everyone assumes someone else along the line will handle it. Poor field care is a sad and all-too-common statement about hunting today, and it means that many great trophy skins are lost before they even begin.

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Why We Hunt

A Deeper Meaning Behind the Hunt and the Trophy

As a taxidermy studio, Animal Artistry began as a way to share experiences — those of the animal itself, and those of the hunt. Hunting was once essential for survival, with food, shelter, and clothing the fruits of a successful hunt. But for people in much of the world, these necessities have long been accessible without hunting. And that begs the question — why do we still hunt>? There are simple answers, but there is a deeper meaning to both the hunt and the trophy.

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Scott Thompson

A Customer’s Review of Animal Artistry — “I Was Blown Away!”

At one time, international hunter Scott Thompson was under the common misconception to which many hunters fall victim — the belief that taxidermy performed in the countries they hunt is the key to beautiful, well-priced trophies. After a series of disappointing mounts, Scott found Animal Artistry — for him, a local company. It was the beginning of an eye-opening experience.

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Why Does Taxidermy Take So Long?

With an industry standard anywhere from eight months to two and even three years, taxidermy is a master class in patience. Unfortunately, the length of time it takes to get a trophy back from a taxidermy studio is often long and frustrating. But why does taxidermy take so long? It’s often as simple as poor management and insufficient business savvy. Here’s what to understand about the taxidermy industry and why turnaround time is so lengthy.

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Taxidermy Mounts — Classic vs Custom

Today’s taxidermy can be sorted into two categories — classic mounts and custom mounts. For the international sportsman or the weekend hunter, understanding the difference between the two is an important first step to an exceptional trophy. Here’s what sets the custom mounts apart from the classic mounts, and why our version of both options stands apart.

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In Taxidermy, Is Bigger Really Better?

Animal Artistry is known across the globe for exceptional taxidermy, a fact that has its benefits and drawbacks. On the plus side, it means we have the opportunity to work on truly amazing projects for clients from all over the world. Our reputation precedes us, and while we’re proud to have earned it, it can be a double-edged sword. The same reputation that leads international sportsmen to us can also give people the impression that a large, internationally recognized taxidermy company is simply over the top for their needs. The truth is that in taxidermy, bigger really is better. Here’s why.

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