Although Gina didn't get into deer hunting until 2009 when she met Tyler and didn't kill her first buck until 2010, she has always been into something with animals and nature since her childhood. From fishing, to animal photography to veterinary medicine to raising horses to animal behavior studies! By trade, she had been a biology/animal science high school teacher for 19 years with extensive background in animal dissections/anatomy and a veterinary technician for 10 years. After working with skulls in the business since 2016, and after numerous requests from her customers, Gina decided to take her anatomy/art skills further and took the plunge to be trained to offer game head mounts. In June of 2019, Gina traveled to Iowa to train under the World/International Champion taxidermist Joe Meder. There she completed a game head mounting course (whitetails) with Joe individually and since has been asked by many local big time hunters to mount their trophies because of her attention to details and artistic ability. During the 2020 year she trained with World Champion taxidermist Jack Emery (whitetails/elk). She is a member and competes in both the Illinois Taxidermist Association and National Taxidermists Association. As an educator, she carries over that mindset and continues her taxidermy education with seminars, additional coursework, and competitions. With her attention to detail along with her artistic eye you won't be disappointed!
Tyler has been hunting, fishing and cleaning skulls for over 20 years since he was a teenager here in east central Illinois. Tyler focuses on raising and maintaining our Dermestid beetles to clean the skulls instead of the boiling technique he had used in the past. Tyler prides himself on the details and is a perfectionist when it comes to a good looking skull. Future goal 2021 - Tyler will hopefully be offering fish taxidermy work to our shop (reproduction only fish mounts).
Our 1300 square foot beautiful shop is located just 5 miles west of Middlefork/Kickapoo State parks in east central Illinois on our farm. In 2016, we built and started TC's Bugs-N-Bones Taxidermy & Hydrographics. At the time we only offered skull cleaning and hydrographic prints on skulls. Since then we have expanded our taxidermy services and therefore felt we also needed to change our business name. We are named after Feather Creek which starts up around our farm and branches off into the Saline/Salt Fork Rivers south of us. Since opening our services have changed due to demands.
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