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 unequaled satisfaction guarantee and a reasonable
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 25 years
experience in the field. My business has been built on a constant
striving for improvement in both quality and service. Thousands
of satisified customers is why most of my business is now repeat
customers and referrals.
I 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
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.
My tanning 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"
OFF SEASON HOURS - JANUARY 1 THRU AUGUST 31
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 control.
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
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 plastic bag.
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
I accept cash, personal checks, money orders, bank checks and Visa/MasterCard. No 2 party checks or payroll checks. I can now accept credit cards over the Internet thru PayPal, but there is an additional 4% handling fee for orders paid this way. Or you can call our tol free number - 1-877-582-7005 and use your credit card to make payments over the phone.
DEPOSIT - Effective August 2004 - ALL work
brought in will need a 50% deposit. This includes - birds, fish, gameheads
& mammals. Full deposit shoud 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"