mrdux, What you say is very true. I am in NJ and one of my nephews went to the Pa Inst of Taxidermy, also. He did learn very well and has been doing good, but can't depend on his taxidermy, alone, as of yet. You definitely have to learn the business end and do good work, and have pride in your work. It is tough to compete with those who charge less, because they cut corners. Detail is key to having a great looking mount as opposed to a good mount, but of course, the great mount will cost more.
str8 shot, Good luck to you!!
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