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    Central Illinois Taxidermist???

    who is the best in central illinois for shoulder mounts?????

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    Central IL is VERY LARGE! Can you be more specific of the area you are looking?
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    if your on the west central side buck fever taxidermy is awesome he is in brighton il i think a sholuder mount is $350

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    bloomington-decatur-champaign-springfield area???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quickpin87 View Post
    bloomington-decatur-champaign-springfield area???
    Bill Burke is in the Nokomis area, he is well known and has done work for the Nuge among others.

    I'm sure there are other options closer to you.
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    ttt!!!!!!!!!!
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    Not my thread but thanks for the info so far. I moved to Pana not long ago and have not had anything mounted since moving here. Going on a hog hunt in April and have been looking into options around here. Will have to check into Mr. Burke. Keep them coming.
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    Nature's Window in Franklin, IL and Life Like Taxidermy in Jacksonville, IL are both very good.

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    +1 for Nature's Window. I have a mount in with him now.
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    Well I am from the Bloomington area and I have had Idle Life in Secor to do a couple. But I now drive a hour and twenty minutes north up I55 to Plainfield and use Cliff Kowalczyk. Here is is website www.cliffstaxidermy.com He is a super guy and the mounts are so detailed and lifelike. So to me it's worth the drive. Or you can use the following link and search for someone in your area.http://www.illinoistaxidermist.com/i...iation_ML.html
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    Kevin Buck in Ramsey, Illinois is one of the best in our area.

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    heres the best

    and also has great turn around times. call COOPER at 309-547-7282

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    Missouri Creek Taxidermy Studio between Springfield and Quincy.

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    Eric Kibler, probably one of the best in the nation. I think he is in St. Joseph near champaign. Has won numerous national titles since he started as a teen. I havent seen a website for him though. Another guy who I noticed has really awesome stuff is Marc Anthony of "look Alive Taxidermy" he has a great website and I saw his stuff at the deer and turkey classic. He is also very very good. Remember these guys are priced higher, but I believe you get what you pay for if its 250 or 650, you can tell a huge difference

    Kibler’s Taxidermy
    Eric & Juli Kibler
    206 Western Drive
    St. Joseph, IL 61873
    (217) 469-2830


    Look Alive! Taxidermy Corp.
    Marc Anthony
    Goodfield, IL. 61742
    Telephone: 309-965-2001
    http://www.lookalivetaxidermy.com
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    bob hammerich in glasford. 309-389-4174. last guy you will ever need. hes on the illinois taxidermist board even.

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    Schnettgoecke Taxidermy in Otterville. Between Grafton and Jerseyville. I think all the ribbons and awards speak for themselves.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearsonarcher1 View Post
    and also has great turn around times. call COOPER at 309-547-7282
    You have got to be kidding me? Cooper is worthless. He scamed me out of 300 bucks on a ram mount (which I stupidly did nothing about) takes twice to three times as long to get mounts done as other taxi's.


    Emken is the way to go around these parts. He's in Yates City.

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    anybody else???? anyone used Tom Kumler out of mahomet??? Greg Grover out of mechanicsburg did my first and only mount and did a great job but his website is gone now??? Anyone heard from him in the last 2 years???
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    Idle life in Secor has done two good mounts for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adowns99 View Post
    bob hammerich in glasford. 309-389-4174. last guy you will ever need. hes on the illinois taxidermist board even.
    I know bob and reccommend him too. Real good guy. Great shop and great work. Tell him Jason from Mi said Hi if you go there.
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    Tom Kumler

    Quote Originally Posted by Quickpin87 View Post
    anybody else???? anyone used Tom Kumler out of mahomet??? Greg Grover out of mechanicsburg did my first and only mount and did a great job but his website is gone now??? Anyone heard from him in the last 2 years???
    I haven't personally used Tom but the mounts that he's done seem pretty decent. If you live anywhere near Monticello, stop in at Blueridge Backwoods. He's done most of theirs.

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    ttt
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    Lee Hockersmith in St. Joesph did both of my deer and all my hunting buddies. He charges 275.00. I'm very happy with mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quickpin87 View Post
    anybody else???? anyone used Tom Kumler out of mahomet??? Greg Grover out of mechanicsburg did my first and only mount and did a great job but his website is gone now??? Anyone heard from him in the last 2 years???

    I have never used Tom but I've heard he is good. The only couple I have had mounted were done by Don McKinney here in Mahomet. He does a really good job with them. The wait is a little long with him but it is worth is imho.

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    [QUOTE=ILLFlatliner;1053468272]Eric Kibler, probably one of the best in the nation. I think he is in St. Joseph near champaign. Has won numerous national titles since he started as a teen. I havent seen a website for him though. Another guy who I noticed has really awesome stuff is Marc Anthony of "look Alive Taxidermy" he has a great website and I saw his stuff at the deer and turkey classic. He is also very very good. Remember these guys are priced higher, but I believe you get what you pay for if its 250 or 650, you can tell a huge difference

    Kibler’s Taxidermy
    Eric & Juli Kibler
    206 Western Drive
    St. Joseph, IL 61873
    (217) 469-2830


    Look Alive! Taxidermy Corp.
    Marc Anthony
    Goodfield, IL. 61742
    Telephone: 309-965-2001



    I have also used marc anthony in central il. In my opinion he is by far the best in il. He runs look alive taxidermy in goodfield. Marc has done several world record heads for people all over the country. His turn around time is only 4 months. He'll only take a quota and stops taking heads when he meets that quota. He also is a outdoor writer and writes for prairie state outdoors .com under the link of non-typical hunter. Marc is usually at the il deer classic evry year. I also had emkins do some heads for me early in the 90's and he is very good also. I had joe meder mount one for me and murphy from il but marc is the best hands down.

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