The morning after I shot my Buck with my Parker Challenger Crossbow, my Pupup said he was going to take my buck to Pudliners Butcher Shop. As he was taking me to school that morning I told him that I really wanted to get my Buck mounted. Lucky I said that, cause he was going to just saw the antlers off. I would have been so MAD!
A few days later on Oct. 24th 2015, we went to the Taxidermy Shop with my Buck Head, Cape and Antlers. Matt Gornick has a real nice Taxidermy Studio near Seward. He has a lot of interesting mounts of all kinds. He will do Bucks, Bull Elk, Buffalo, Mule Deer, Turkeys, Pheasants and African Game animals. He had Kudu, Gazelle and other Antelope species on his walls.
I had to pick out a form for my Buck. The form is a plastic sculpture of what your deer is shaped like. Then Matt puts the skin back on, just like fitting a leather glove on your hand. Matt showed me how he puts extra detail work to make the nose and the eyes look real.
Some hunters told me that it takes a year or more to get your deer finished by a Taxidermist. But, when I asked Matt how long I’ll have to wait he said, “Oh, I’ll have your Buck ready by Trout Season!” I said, “Sounds good, that’s really fast!”
Well Matt was right on with his promise. On March 28, 2016, Matt called us to say my Buck was ready to be picked up. Wow, that only took about 5 months. A few of my friends shot their bucks TWO Seasons ago and they don’t have their bucks back on their wall yet.
I was so excited to drive to Gornick’s Taxidermy Shop to see my buck. When we got inside, there were so many mounts that I didn’t even see my Buck at first. And, It was hanging right in front of us. Vayda and I stood by a Big Buffalo head. Vayda was as tall as the Buffalo’s head. Matt took my Buck off the wall and said I could carry it. It was so light, I thought it was going to be so heavy.
The next day we got a ladder and we picked out a spot on our TV-Room wall. This is our outdoor display, My Grand Dad, Chuck, caught this big 20 inch Smallmouth Bass years ago in the Juniata River, my Dad caught this 29 inch Brown Trout in the Niagara River.
But, my Buck has the best spot in the room, high up near the ceiling. Now, I still have room for when I get an Antelope and a Bull Elk or even a Bear. My Buck looks so nice on the wall, I think about my best Hunting Day ever…every time I look up at my First Ever Buck.