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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the frequently asked questions by my hunters and clients, in regards to having birds mounted, saving trophies, shipment, and import of trophy birds to my shop.  Click on any question for the response.

 


1.  How do I know which bird to save for mounting, what makes a good trophy mount?

2.  How long can a bird sit in an ice chest or refrigerator, before I get it to the taxidermist?

3.  How do I ship David Luke Taxidermy my bird trophy for mounting? 

4.  How do I import birds from Mexico or Argentina that I would like to have mounted? 

5.  Man, I’d love to make a hunt in Africa or Argentina, how do I make that happen? 

6.  I live out of town, but, I visit New Orleans upon occasion, I’d love to see Dave’s studio, when can I come by and view all of the mounts?

7.  I’ve always wanted to learn taxidermy, how can I schedule a seminar with Dave?

 

Q.  How do I know which bird to save for mounting, what makes a good trophy mount?

Unless the bird you have collected is very rare, the best birds for taxidermy are generally your more mature, late season birds.  All birds grow new plumage for the winter, not only to have good warmth, but, primarily, the males and females become more beautiful to find mates for spring.  The later in the winter season, the better the possibility that the bird you have collected is in mint condition.  Also, the winter season has a lot to do with new feather growth, so, the colder the climate, the earlier, and better, the birds come into plume.  When saving a bird to mount, remember this rule, “The better the bird in the hand, the better the trophy on the wall!”.  Simply put; take the best possible care in handling your trophy to be mounted.  Keep the freshly killed bird clean, and tidy.  As soon as possible, freeze the bird, with the head folded neatly around the back of the bird, or under a closed wing, in plastic.  Don’t forget to label, or tag, the bird.  This is important, as you must have a tagged bird for transport and shipping!  (Tagging is easy, simply put your name, address, type of bird, and the date on a small piece of paper, and place this tag in the bag with the bird.  That’s it!) In the case of rare or difficult to obtain species of birds that you have collected, simply do the best you can, to keep the bird in good condition.

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Q.  How long can a bird sit in an ice chest or refrigerator, before I get it to the taxidermist? 

It is best to freeze all bird trophies as soon as possible.  Two days in a refrigerator or ice chest is O.K., but get the birds frozen quickly.  Frozen birds can stay in your freezer for a year, however, keep in mind, rule number one, the better the bird to the taxidermist, the better the mount on the wall.  Some of the birds that stay frozen a year, or more, may lose beauty due to freezer burn or dryness.  An example of this is it is very difficult for the taxidermist to revive a woodduck’s crest, or a goldeneye’s head shape, or a hooded merganser’s hood, after a year or two in a freezer.  Freezer burn is the number one factor in destroyed, or not presentable taxidermy work.  Get your trophy to the taxidermist as soon as you can; this will result in the best possible mount. 


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Q.   How do I ship David Luke Taxidermy my bird trophy for mounting? 

Always send birds frozen, overnight or two-day shipping, to insure the trophy doesn’t thaw out and rot.  Wrap the frozen, tagged bird in several layers of newspaper, and place in a box.  More newspaper can be packed into the box, or Styrofoam peanuts can be placed around the trophy.  Send the package Fed-Ex Overnight, or UPS second day delivery to:


David Luke Taxidermy
1892 East Bridge Street
Breaux Bridge, La. 70517


Call Dave to let him know the trophy is being sent, at 337-332-0770, and discuss the style and positioning of the trophy.  Dave can fax or mail contracts to clients.

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Q.  How do I import birds from Mexico or Argentina that I would like to have mounted? 

This is a very easy process.  What makes this process a nightmare, generally, is lack of planning before the trip.  To import birds from foreign countries to David Luke taxidermy, you need to merely contact Dave before your trip, and Dave will have all of your paper work completed before you leave.  David Luke Taxidermy is an Approve Facility for Agriculture, within Louisiana, allowing Dave’s studio to import birds, WORLDWIDE, for discerning clients.  For over fifteen years, Dave has imported thousands of birds for fellow hunters, taxidermist’s, clients and museums.  Contact Dave for more information on importing your wingshooting trophies.

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Q.  Man, I’d love to make a hunt in Africa or Argentina, how do I make that happen? 

It’s easy, with David Luke Wingshooting Adventures!  Dave joins most of his hunters and groups for these “out-of-country” hunts, guaranteeing his years of travel expertise and knowledge, and his friendship with the outfitters and guides.  Dave has personal contact with the owners of lodges the guides and outfitters.  Every trip Dave sends his friends and clients on, Dave has been on, or goes with the group.  From Argentina to Africa, North Europe to New Zealand, Dave has taken dozens of hunters to enjoy the wingshooting these wonderful, far away places offer.  Take with Dave about a wingshooting adventure, Dave has dozens of guides and outfitters that are friends, not just clients.  This is the magnificent difference in hunting with Dave Luke!  And, when you travel with Dave, all of your customs and import papers are completed and handled by Dave, making the import business the simplest it can be.  When hunting with Dave, all aspects of your wingshooting adventure are taken care of, from rules and regulations, to gun entry, to export permits for your valuable trophies, to handling customs and Agriculture upon return, Dave is there, with you, to help with these needs.

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Q.  I live out of town, but, I visit New Orleans upon occasion, I’d love to see Dave’s studio, when can I come by and view all of the mounts?

Visit David Luke Taxidermy any time, simply call the taxidermy studio, at 337-332-0770 and make an appointment, Dave enjoys meeting new clients and chatting about wingshooting adventures!  Located in Mandeville, Louisiana, about thirty miles due North of New Orleans, a mere thirty minute drive from downtown New Orleans or the French Quarter, Dave’s studio has easy access to the city.

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Q.  I’ve always wanted to learn taxidermy, how can I schedule a seminar with Dave?

David Luke’s well known, one-on-one intensive study programs are available to anyone interested in the art of taxidermy.  Be it that you have never skinned a bird, to well known taxidermist’s that want to speed-up production, or win the next World Competition, David Luke Taxidermy can help you with the knowledge you need to excel.  All seminars are one-on-one, in Dave’s studio.  All tools and supplies are included in the seminar, you may want to bring your own birds, however, Dave has penraised quail, pheasant, chukar, woodducks and mallards available.  Dave offers two and a half-day, to five-day seminars, focused on the art of taxidermy.  Learn gamelaws and federal rules and regulations.  Learn how to advertise and gain a good, firm client base.  Learn taxidermy’s skills, from skinning and fleshing, to anatomy and engineering.  Learn body building, casting and re-creation of body parts.  Handle washing and tumbling, and drying of bird skins for mounting.  And, learn positioning of the trophies with proper attitude, shape, and design.  (Positioning of your trophy is the most fun of taxidermy, and this is made easy by Dave with his collection of over five hundred bird mounts in the main showroom!)  Learn airbrushing, and finish work, along with habitat design and base work.  All mounts completed by students, are owned by students, and taken home with the student!  Give Dave a call, for schedules of classes and seminars on the fascinating world of taxidermy art!

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