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Deer crashes through front door of Keith Bowman's taxidermy shop

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Ken Edwards, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. Ken Edwards

    Ken Edwards Taxidermy.Net Administrator Staff Member


    WALNUT COVE, N.C. -- It's a 3 a.m. phone call Keith and Denise Bowman thought was a joke.

    "You have a deer in your building, you need to get over there and secure it," said Denise, who owns Bowman's Wildlife Taxidermy with her husband. "I said is this a joke?"

    It was no joke.

    "The [deputy] said, 'There is a deer in here,'" Keith said. "I said, 'There’s a lot of deer in here,' and she said, 'No, I mean a live one.'"

    A deer had busted through the front door of the business that preserves and stuffs wildlife, including deer, which hang on the wall of the business. Though some would speculate that the deer crashed in after seeing another deer, the deputy told the Bowmans that it got scared trying to avoid traffic and just happened to run into their business.

    "It was in a hurry and and it just ran straight, ran right through our front door," Keith said. From the damage and law enforcement observation it appears the animal only had a few scratches and left the building OK. Damage is estimated at around $2,500-$3,000.

    "You hate it happened because you got your stuff to fix now," said the couple. "But you still got to laugh about it."

    Keith has been in the business of taxidermy for about 20 years, winning top prizes in the field, but the day a deer came into his shop alive is a first.

    "Everything in the world has to line up perfect for this to happen," he said.

  2. Denton Shearin

    Denton Shearin 2009-Breakthrough Award, McKenzie Award,

    Wow....just Wow!!

  3. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of when my dad went pheasant hunting with the bird dog and I didn't go for some reason. Happened to look out the window toward the dog kennel and there was a big cock pheasant walking around in the kennel. Near us they periodically stocked pheasants for hunts on the military reservation (where my dad was) and apparently the bird thought he was back in the type of enclosure he was raised in? The kennel had pea gravel for the base vs. concrete.
  4. jjennings.m

    jjennings.m Member

  5. It was trying to rescue his freinds
  6. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    but was terrified when he saw his friends sticking out of the wall!
  7. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    deer must have heard a relative was inside and was trying to free them
  8. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    he was just dying to get in
  9. hounddoggy

    hounddoggy Member

    Hey, hey shaved a few capes for me. I've seen his work! I'm actually surprised he hasn't had more deer crash into his shop because his work is so good that the deer look in and think their old buddies are inside and very much alive!