About Taxidermy in Connecticut
Taxidermy is the act of mounting or reproducing animals for display or for other sources of study. Over the past several decades taxidermy has become more like a form of art. Experienced taxidermists can now produce specimens that can appear more lifelike than ever before. The quality of the mount begins in the field as soon as the animal is dispatched. The hunter should take immediate precautions to prevent damage to the skin and fur as the animal is being transported from the field to the cooler. Simply stated, the skin should be removed, kept dry (no water) and cooled as soon as possible. The skin should be transferred to your selected taxidermist as quickly as possible so proper care can be applied.
A Brief History of Taxidermy
During the 18th and 19th centuries, hunters began bringing their trophies to upholstery shops where the upholsterers would actually sew up the animal skins and stuff them with rags and cotton. The term "stuffing" or a "stuffed animal" evolved from this crude form of taxidermy. Professional taxidermists prefer the term "mounting" to "stuffing".
Taxidermy began to evolve into its modern form in the 1900's where taxidermists developed anatomically accurate figures which incorporated every detail in artistically interesting poses, with mounts in realistic settings and poses that were considered more appropriate for the species. As the want for preserved trophies increased through the 1900's, the quality and appearance of taxidermy specimens has steadily increased to the current state of artistic quality.
Taxidermy in Connecticut
Taxidermists in Connecticut are licensed through the state government by submitting this application :
Suggested guidelines about importing parts of deer (or other deer-like animals) into Connecticut : Only the following deer, elk, or moose carcass parts harvested in states or provinces with CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) should be brought into Connecticut
• Meat that is cut and wrapped
• Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
• Meat that has been boned out
• Caped hides
• Cleaned skull plates
• Cleaned teeth
• Finished taxidermy products
States where CWD has been detected include Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Virginia. It has also been detected in Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.
The implication is that if you kill a deer, elk or moose in one of the states listed above, and you plan to have it mounted, you should consider the guidelines above to prevent the spread of CWD. You can find more information regarding CWD at http://www.cwd-info.org/