Is Taxidermy a profitable career choice?

TT advertisementThis is a subject that can lead to alot of heated debate, most of it from practicing taxidermists. That said, much of the success of any business lies in the concept and practice of the operation and in its professionalism. Many Sportsmen take the plunge into Taxidermy as something more than a hobby before they really understand the investment that it requires, not only in time and in money but in knowledge that transcends the technical aspects of their craft…business. So, is Taxidermy a profitable career choice? Continue reading

FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management: Marine Fisheries Monthly

Stone Crab

stonecrabAction: Recreational and commercial season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters


  • Only the claws may be harvested
  • Claws must be at least 2 ¾ inches to be harvested
  • Bag limit: 1 gallon of claws per person, 2 gallons per vessel, whichever is less
  • Harvest of claws from females with eggs is prohibited
  • May 16: Season closes
  • Cannot use any device that can puncture, crush or injure the crab body
  • 5 trap maximum per person

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Brian Bakers Blackwater Buck

IMG956962 (3)If you have ever fished the Florida Panhandle for big bucketmouths, you know what pressure is. The bass population is healthy and there are plenty of good spots to get in to,  but more than a fair share of competition throughout the year despite the fact that the western Panhandle is not necessarily known for its bass fishing. But for Milton resident, Brian Baker, the panhandle has all the “right stuff”. He’s been hunting and fishing this area all of his life which has probably been a factor to his enduring success in the field. His secret? Know what right feels like (although he would probably tell you that it’s not really a secret). And maybe it’s not that simple for the rest of us, but on Brians turf, that’s what its all about. Part of his turf is Blackwater, a reoccurring location in some of his greatest experiences.
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Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes Underway

outdoor_al_logo_3Lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, Yamaha generators and gift cards to Alabama State Parks are the prizes to be awarded in the Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes, which runs through February 10, 2015. Entry is available at and comes automatically with the purchase of a 2014-2015 recreational hunting or fishing license. You may also enter without purchasing a license. Continue reading

Georgia Department of Natural Resources: Labor Day Weekend Fishing Report

Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend and Go Fish Georgia

Although the weather will be warm, there are still some great fishing opportunities available across the state, especially if you avoid the midday heat. In north Georgia, the rivers are low and clear and the fish are looking up. Plenty of great chances at river bass and bream!

There were great reports coming from the coast this week, as saltwater seems to be fishing great. Whether fishing for flounder from the St. Simons Pier, sheepshead under a bridge, trout at Crooked River, or tarpon at the St. Marys Jetties, you should have success.

The Altamaha River and local ponds are your best bets in freshwater for southeast Georgia. Bluegill and catfishing should be great options on the big river. In ponds, fish early and late for bluegills, catfish or bass.

Check out this week’s Georgia Fishing Reports on our blog, and Go Fish Georgia this Labor Day weekend!

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Field Care: From the Field to the Taxidermist

The quality of the finished mount is usually a direct reflection of the care the animal receives when collected. The lower the quality of the skin, the lower the quality of the end product. There are some steps that you, the sportsman, can take that will account for about 50% of the quality of the finished mount. First, consider selecting a reputable taxidermist that is a member of a State or National Taxidermists trade organization. These associations are a critical link in a conservative coalition that supports localized wildlife management practices and your right to hunt and fish. They offer a wealth of information to the general public and professional development opportunities for taxidermists. Continue reading