Whitetail Deer Field Care Video

One of the biggest problems caused by taxidermy clients is mishandling of specimens in the field, including sportsmen who make improper cuts on antlered game. For decades, taxidermists have tried to educate their customers on the importance of proper field care. Toward this end, they have printed instruction sheets, brochures, field care diagrams on business cards, and large signs in their showrooms. With the proliferation of the internet, now it seems that almost every taxidermy studio website also has a web page devoted to field care with text instructions and diagrams. But even with all of this information readily available, inevitable each year at least one hunter will bring in a trophy with the skin cut too short to produce a quality mount.

Based upon the success of the Deer Display Options video with Nickie Carter, McKenzie decided that it would be helpful to taxidermists to produce a short but comprehensive field care video specifically designed for taxidermists to easily embed into their web sites. This video would provide not only the critical information about field care, but an actual live demonstration of the skinning process.

Acclaimed Taxidermists Nickie and Rick Carter were chosen to demonstrate the importance of proper field care in obtaining the best quality taxidermy. The video is geared toward sportsmen as a useful informational tool provided by taxidermy studios. Adding this free video to your taxidermy website will add credibility to your shop, it will inform and educate your customer base, and it will help ensure that the specimens you receive are in optimum condition for quality taxidermy.

As you know, the path to quality taxidermy begins the moment a trophy hits the ground. In the video below, Nickie and Rick will offer some tips on field care and skinning that hunters will need to follow in order to take their deer to their taxidermist and provide them with everything they need to produce a beautiful trophy mount.

When you are checking in mounts during hunting season, you could have this video set up to play on an iPad or streaming on your computer screen in your showroom while customers wait. Even though the video is demonstrating with a whitetail deer, these same procedures could be used for an elk, antelope, mule deer, or any other antlered game.

Instructions for Embedding Into YOUR Web Site:

It is easy to place this video right into your web site. It only take a minute or two. You can place it on your home page, or any interior page of your site. Simply copy one of the three blocks of code below and paste it in your website where you would like the video to appear. The video player will look like it is part of your website and your visitors will be impressed with the professionalism that it adds to your site. Three sizes of display are listed below. Choose the size that best fits your web site design.

Copy this code for a medium-sized video player for most websites:

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/84806632" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

Copy this code for a small-sized video player if space is a problem:

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/84806632" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

Copy and use this code for a large-sized video player if you have the room:

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/84806632" width="960" height="539" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

The Video:

Below is the complete video for you to watch. It is only four and one-half minutes in length, which is just long enough to provide the essential information. Here it is presented in the large embedded version:

Taxidermists should take every advantage they can to provide additional service and education to their customers. By adding this free video to your taxidermy website, it will add credibility to your shop, it will inform and educate your customer base, and it will help you by eliminating problems repairing improper cuts on capes and spoilage problems caused by poor field care.

McKenzie Field Care Print Instructions:

McKenzie also has a complete field care guide available on their web site for printing from your computer, which includes instructions for handling small game, birds and fish in addition to large game.

For this print version of field care instructions, you can go to McKenzie’s web site at http://www.mckenziesp.com/KB/HTML%20KB/Trophy_care/trophy_care.asp for their Trophy Field Care Guide.

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Ed Piaskowski Whitetail Gallery

Edward J. Piaskowski, 77, of Jackson Township in Ohio, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014. Universally liked and respected by his peers, Ed was the embodiment of a gentleman. He was a rare combination of extreme talent, yet humble to a fault. Ed was born on April 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the son of Enoch and Nellie (Borcufsky) Piaskowski. He was a devout Catholic. Ed retired from Babcock & Wilcox where he was an engineer for over 40 years and received the “Engineering Honors Award”. Ed enjoyed playing clarinet and saxophone in many different bands in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He was a member of the Ohio Taxidermist Association and the National Taxidermists Association, and he won the Best in World Whitetail Deer award at the World Taxidermy Championships® in 2009. His hobbies included taxidermy, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. Read the rest of this entry »

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NTA 2014 Major Award Winners

Last week in Springdale, Arkansas, the National Taxidermists Association met for the 43rd time to hold their annual convention and competition. For many of those conventions, I have had the privilege to serve as the show photographer which allowed me close access to see every mount. During the awards banquet, we project photos of the winning entries on the big screen as the winners are announced.


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Priceless Dioramas Under Threat

Imagine if a state legislature voted to “repurpose” a famous painting in an art museum to make it more relevant for the twenty-first century. Perhaps something like updating “American Gothic” by painting over it to include iPhones? Or by just removing it altogether from the museum, dismantling the canvas, and sending the pieces off to long-forgotten storage facilities. You can bet that the press would be all over it with righteous indignation.

Yet for the past half-century, beautiful works of art have been disappearing at an alarming rate with little protest from the art establishment. Many of the historic dioramas from America’s natural history museums have been lost forever to the march of progress. One of the last great diorama showcases, the Bell Museum in Minnesota, is in grave and imminent danger of this fate. Read the rest of this entry »

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UTA 2014 Competition Winners

Even though I consider myself to be well-travelled, I had never been to North Platte, Nebraska until last week, when I attended the second biannual United Taxidermists Association Expo and Competition as the show photographer. The UTA officers put on a great show, which was well run, and lots of fun for participants. Show organizers got high praise from all attendees who genuinely enjoyed the entire experience. There were great seminars, hands-on workshops, free food, live music, and cordial camaraderie overflowing from every corner of the Sandhills Convention Center. Kudos to Chairwoman Brenda DuVall for achieving the difficult task of keeping the atmosphere loose and festive while simultaneously running a tight ship. Read the rest of this entry »

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