When you choose
to have your trophy or reproduction done by Simpson
Taxidermy Studio, you are dealing with me.
I offer my clients high quality, detailed
mounts, personal service, a 10
year guarantee on each mount , an
guarantee and a reasonable completion time.
Simpson Taxidermy Studio is truly a "soul"
proprietorship. It is owned, operated, managed
and promoted by myself, "Red" Simpson. This is a
complete, professional taxidermy service and I have
over 30 years experience in the
field. My business has been built on a
constant striving for improvement in both quality
and service. Thousands of satisfied
customers is why most of my business is
now repeat customers and referrals.
have won numerous ribbons and awards in various
state taxidermy competitions, including many 1st
& 2nd place ribbons as well as several Best of
Category and Master Division ribbons. These
ribbons were won in almost every category of
competition including fish, fish groups, upland
birds, gameheads, white tail deer, rugs, small
mammal, large mammal and others. Many
taxidermists have a "competition" level of work and
a "commercial" quality that their customers receive.
I have won most of my ribbons with work I have done
for my customers and I continue to give them the
highest quality work that I am able to give.
Pets or other domestic animals
Reptiles, amphibians, turtles, etc.
I use no freeze-dried work or parts in any mount or scene
Hawks, owls, songbirds or any other illegal animal.
and fur dressing is sent to a reputable tannery that
I have dealt with for over 20 years. I also send out
any skulls for cleaning and bleaching to a
specialist. Any cabinetwork, panels or
Plexiglas cases are made by other
professionals in their field. Other than
that, all items are done "in house" by me.
OFFICE & SHOWROOM HOURS
Lately, I have also
been deluged with telemarketer calls, robo-calls,
middle-of-the-night calls & people trying to
get me switch phone companies or buy insurance, so
my answering machine is now on 24/7. During
hours I will be screening calls. If I
recognize your number or if you start to leave a
message, I will try to pick up if I can.
However, I may be working on something &
cannot stop, with a client or just away from the
phone. Please leave a message & I will
return your call ASAP. If you don't leave a
message, I cannot call you back.
I am trying to keep my backlog from getting too long
and to give my established clients a better
level of service. I refuse to start cutting
corners to speed up the turn-around time. This is a
one man operation and the demand for my work often
exceeds my supply of time. In fairness to
all my clients, I work my way thru the mounts in the
order they came in. Check the Completion
web page to see where you're at in the schedule.
E-mail me - messages are usually answered by the next business day.
I stand behind my work and will repair, at NO cost to you, any defect in my workmanship, in any mount I have done, for a period of 10 years from the date you pick up the mount. Or, at my option, you will be given credit equal to the amount you originally paid (not including tax) towards a new mount.
Covered problems include but are not limited to, problems with the paint or finish on any mount, grease bleeding, cracking on the show side of fish, separation of the skin at the seams or any place on the mount, odor, etc.
Mounts with habitat bases - Natural materials (such as weeds, cattails and grasses) may break and need to be replaced occasionally. I use silk, plastic or preserved natural materials to keep your mount looking as good as possible. I will replace materials and touch up habitat bases on mounts I have done at 1/2 my usual rate.
Mount must be hung in a normal living environment and reasonably well cared for as instructed. Mounts placed in basements, bathrooms, boathouses, un-heated cabins, garages, outdoors or any other area with excessive swings in temperature or humidity, will not be covered by this guarantee.
This guarantee does
not apply to mounts that are broken due to handling or
any abuse, fire or smoke damage (including cigarette
smoke), water or excessive humidity damage, sun damage
or other acts of God or man over which I have no
You will NEVER take a mount home that you are not proud to show your friends
I guarantee that you
will be pleased with any mount I do for you. If
upon picking up your mount, you are NOT happy, for any
reason, you have a choice between a refund of all
money that you have paid or credit towards a new
mount. Your mount will then become the property
of Simpson Taxidermy Studio and may be sold, displayed
or disposed of as I choose. Where it is legal, I
will pay you for the value of the raw skin of your
animal and any antlers or horns. If the mount
was shipped to you, it must be returned in original
condition, properly repackaged and shipped in the
original box. I will refund the full amount you
paid for the mount, shipping excluded
Almost any mount can be shipped from almost anywhere in the world now. The following procedures should allow you to safely and legally ship any mount to me.
Fish, birds and mammals up to about 40 lbs. can be
shipped via UPS without problems. Take extra care
when shipping small fish or a single fish bird or small
mammal to prevent thawing in transit. Birds, small
mammals and fish under 15 lbs. should be shipped whole,
without gutting or field dressing. To reduce
weight and shipping expense, large fish can be cut on
the back (wall) side and gutted. Medium
mammals (fox, bobcat, etc.) can be field dressed using a
short cut down the center of the
belly. Wipe as much blood off as possible, then -
1. Use a STURDY
cardboard box, and place several layers of newspaper on
the bottom, then crumple single newspaper sheets
and fill the box 1/2 way up. OR, cut a piece of 2"
thick Stryofoam and place on the bottom.
SHIPPING - COOLER METHOD
1. Prepare animals as above for
shipping , then place the animals on top of a
layer of crumpled paper in a cooler. If you are shipping
multiple animals, put them all together in a heavy
Life-size mammals and gameheads must
be skinned first. Do not forget to take the
necessary measurements. Go to the Trophy Care page if
you need that info. Once you have the skin off the
animal, DO NOT SALT. Remove as much fat as you can
to reduce weight, roll it up and place in several
heavy plastic bags. Freeze solid, this will take
several days. Packages up to 70 lbs.. can go
UPS. Anything over that must go by truck freight.
Follow the instructions above
I accept cash, personal checks, bank checks. No 2 party checks or payroll checks. I accept credit cards over the Internet thru PayPal. To use a credit card to make a payment - I can e-mail an invoice to you using PayPal. No PayPal account is required to make payments on an invoice. OR you can use your PayPal account and send a payment to my PayPal account. Use my business e-mail - email@example.com and be sure to include your Work Order #.
DEPOSIT - ALL work
brought in will need a 50% deposit. This includes
- birds, fish, gameheads & mammals. Full deposit
should be paid within 30 days of the mount being
received, unless arrangements have been made to accept
payments. Tanning & fish reproductions
require a minimum deposit of 50% of the
total. Once your deposit is paid, no further
payment is due until the mount is completed.
2. Antler mounts and Fish Reproductions are generally completed in 3 - 6 months
3. Repairs, turkey tails & other odd jobs are usually finished in 1-6 months.
4. Tanning is finished on average in 4-8 months
However, the quality of your mount is ALWAYS my top priority. This has been the foundation of my business from the very beginning. And it is the reason that so much of my business is from repeat customers and referrals. Remember, the mount you get back from the taxidermist is the visible memory of your outdoor accomplishment. When you look at your mount, it will take you back to that day in the woods, or on the lake, when your luck and skill came together. How long did you have to wait for that moment? You got that once in a lifetime buck, or landed that monster brookie that we all dream about. So when you look at it 5 or 10 years from now, will you see a beautiful example of God's creation, or will you wish you had taken a little more time in selecting a taxidermist? When the gun is put away and the pictures are in the drawer, your mount will be on the wall for all to see.
Please remember :1. Mounts are done in groups in the approximate order that they came in.
2. Mounts without deposits are skipped.
3. That 80% of my annual work comes in from Oct. - Dec. and I cannot complete it all on "schedule"
4. The quality of my work is a higher priority than the completion time.
5. I have MANY customers, this is all I do for a living and I am doing the best I can for every mount & every client.
6. This schedule is APPROXIMATE and may be changed as needed. Many factors may affect my ability to stick to this schedule
7. Calling frequently, stopping by or becoming impatient will NOT get your mount done quicker
I thank you for your patience and understanding.
"People forget how FAST you did a job, but they remember how WELL you did it"