By high school, Dave’s
hunting and fishing had pretty much taken over as “mainstay”
practicing falconry, to raising gamebirds, bird hunting with his
father and brother had become the passion that still grows
today. From early,
modest beginnings, mounting birds in a garage on an old door for
a table top, and teaching taxidermy to school friends and
hunters, to the present, where Dave’s taxidermy shop, in
Mandeville, Louisiana holds the largest showroom in the South,
displaying EVERY North American gamebird and waterfowl, Dave
still focus’s on his early mounting desire, to produce the
finest taxidermy for the most discriminating sportsmen. As Dave Luke’s well-known study seminars attest, “Award
winning taxidermy, dedicated to mounting a better bird!”
Dave has expanded his
taxidermy skills throughout the years, to now offer the finest
in all phases of taxidermy art.
From hand carved bodies and hand painted fresh and salt
water fish, to the finest detail in quality gamehead taxidermy,
David Luke Taxidermy can produce the finest in quality,
Dave has been involved
competing, teaching, and judging taxidermy for over twenty-five
years. Dave has
taught the early John Rinehart Taxidermy schools, has given
seminars in over six countries, and has hundreds of students
from personal, one on one training, in Dave’s studio.
Dave has also judged dozens of state shows, Regional,
National, and World Competitions.
As an early competitor, Dave has won first place titles
in State, Regional, National, and World Taxidermy competitions!
Dave’s interests in birds
and wingshooting, has led him to create wingshooting adventures,
worldwide, to help friends, client’s and fellow taxidermist
hunt and collect birds from around the world!
Dave has hunted Mexico, annually, from the early
seventies, and hunts Southern Mexico, South America, Europe, New
Zealand, or Africa annually.
Check with Dave, as hunts for exotic birds and age-old
wingshooting adventures, are always on the burner.
Traveling with David Luke Taxidermy allows the best for
the wingshooter. With
personal attention to gamelaws, guides, quality of birds, and
quality of bird hunting areas, with attention to importation,
allows the wingshooting collector the absolute finest trophies.
Today, David Luke’s
Taxidermy studio is physically located at 3845-suite 4, Highway
22, Mandeville, Louisiana, 70471.
Boasting a showroom with over 500 bird, fish and mammal
mounts, the museum-like display is open to the public.
New mounts are being added weekly, and clients are
welcome at anytime, to visit and view the display!
If wingshooting is your
passion, if you are truly interested in the finest in waterfowl
and gamebird taxidermy, please contact Dave for your next trophy
mounts, or, to discuss the next wing shooting adventure of your
hunting Capercaillie in the North of Europe, Spurwinged geese
and Pygmy geese in Africa, Magellan’s and Ashy heads in Argentina, or just hunting
greenwings and bluewings in Louisiana, or White-fronted geese in
the rice fields of the west, call Dave for your bird taxidermy
and wingshooting needs!