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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Learning Taxidermy

hey everyone.

New here, been trying to learn more and found this forum.

Recently I lost my Job so i'm attempting to make taxidermy at least something that can get me some income lol

is there anyone here who knows anyone who teaches people? Ive been trying to self teach with roadkill but im wayyy better at learning when im being shown in person. I live in the Pittsburgh area.

Even if anyone knows where to find roadkill. I can never find more then groundhogs which I dont want to waste my tanning stuff on. thier great for skinning practice but not much else. (if anyone can tell me where they see coys or foxes Id love to know. Pittsburgh isnt very great for finding things)

I have most of the needed equipment and i have a basic understanding of what im doing I just think I need more learning lol im getting two opossums soon and I dont want to mess them up. i want to mount them eventually but I want to practice a bit more.

Thanks for any help.

oh btw I do have my fur handling license so I can pick up roadkill.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 09:46 AM
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just ask some local taxidermists if they need help. someone might teach enough to get you started in the right direction in exchange for shop labor.

some might see it as creating a future competitor. you also go to taxidermy dot net, they have a beginners forum and an entire tutorial section on how to do things.

and, they have specimens for sale, some, even donate items to beginners. be very careful when buying, you have to know the law, just because its for sale does not mean its legal.

also a great place to ask advice on how its done, before you start anything.

you can learn a lot by joining the PA state taxidermy association, buying DVD's, book, etc...

you can also get some real good personal specimens by hunting / trapping


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You can't legally do it for others until you are certified.
To do this, you need to attend a school.
Schools are expensive, I can't county how many people I knew that got into taxidermy and got out of it twice as fast.
Jordan Taxidermy is probably the best school to attend.
If you are that poor, you would probably need to move to Punxsutawney to be able to afford to attend school there. It is too far out of town to walk, and it gets too cold in the winter to ride a bicycle to school from town.
Maybe you could find temporary employment working at WalMart , Sheetz or one of the fast food restaurants.
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You can't legally do it for others until you are certified.
To do this, you need to attend a school.
You need a $100 taxidermy license from the PA Department of Agriculture. Getting it is as simple as looking up the right address and sending in your $100. No education required.


If you are charging for the work, you also need a PA sales tax license, which is also simple to get.
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ng270 is correct.

no more school, no more testing by the PGC in order to get a license, no one but the customer checking to see if your work is good or not. send in the application to the PA dept of agriculture along with your check for $100.00 and BINGO

you are now a licensed Taxidermist. get the sales tax license, hang a shingle with ABC Taxidermy on it and start making money.

only your conscience will determine if you are a taxidermist or a hackadermist.

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Thanks everyone! I dont know any local taxidermist is the problem i have wich is why Im trying to talk on forms and maybe get some leads to people who could help. The closest one is around 40 mins away and I have no form of income atm or a car.

I dont plan on selling my taxidermy right now until I can afford a license for that but I do sell the Pelts, bones/specimens, and dry preserves since Its legal. (I talked to a couple game police over the years and take notes)

I cant afford a school right now at ALL especially if they dont take Fasfa. I also right now literally cant afford to get anything (My only income is 20 bucks a month I get from my mom and that goes to cat food. Its sucks right now lol) and im having trouble finding a regular job because of my anxiety/depression. (which is why i lost my job haha)

I do go on taxi and read as much as I can but im more of a hands on learner I guess and tend to ask a million questions. So right now ive been lucky enough that my grandfather takes me out to look for roadkill and stuff so i can get some practice. so i guess im just trying to make connections in the area right now, even people who wouldn't mind throwing me kills they dont want or something I have no idea. Just trying to find ways to practice. I wish thier was something that showed me where roadkills happened that would help lol

anyway thanks everyone!
any more thoughts would still be helpfull
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I don`t know if it will help but try you tube.If your looking for things to mount find a local trapper and see if he will give you some coon or possum.Their not worth much right now so I`m sure they would give you a couple.
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I wish their was something that showed me where roadkills happened that would help

try looking on the road


Sorry...just cant help it sometimes.


I wish they would move those deer crossing signs to less traveled areas so the deer dont get hit by cars. why do they want the deer to cross at those spots anyway?

AHHHHH...there i go again.

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