Once again it's been awhile since I've taken the time to write anything for my blog. There is almost too much work coming into the studio lately, in fact probably more than I can mount myself within the one year time frame. For that reason we've made the decision to limit new work to previous customers, at least until things get caught up again. No one wants or should be expected to wait over a year for a mount to be completed and lately that's been the case. I apologize to anyone that's having to wait now but rest assured that no one has ever failed to get their trophy back as soon as it was possible, and we've been in business for 24 years now. Thank you all for your patience as we work through the backlog but each piece will get the time it deserves to create a quality work of art that you'll be proud to hand down to your heirs.
It's been quite awhile now since I've taken the time to write in my blog here, for that I apologize. As time goes by and Hamilton's Taxidermy gets more and more work in I find my free time gets less and less. That's not all bad though, as a business owner our greatest hope is that our business will be a success and grow and that's exactly what has happened. Our reputation is solid as a quality oriented taxidermy art studio and I couldn't be happier!
As we continue to grow our goals are the same, give each and every piece we do the same attention to detail that we're known for and treat every client like they are the important cog in our business wheel that they truly are.
The gun deer season is over here in Michigan for 2014 and the muzzle loader season is about to start tomorrow. The gun deer season was great around this area but still not as good as before the EHD epidemic. The deer herd is recovering though and for that we and many other sportsmen and sportswomen are more than grateful! We aren't back up to the pre EHD levels as far as deer taken into the studio but it's gotten better every year since.
For those that will head to their stands tomorrow, best of luck to you but most of all be safe! There are people that are depending on you to come home! Most of all though have fun and enjoy the bounty and beauty that mother nature has provided for us!
Barry county Michigan is nearing the time now when sportsmen and sportswomen start thinking about the upcoming hunting seasons in our great state. The early morning chill is a fickle reminder that the time is nearing when we will be patiently waiting in our treestands and various blinds for something to "move" in our watch area. While our minds hash out the trials and tribulations of work, family, coworkers and everything else we've shoved into the crevices of our brains until we have time to sort them out, we wait. It's been said, and we've all tried to answer the question, "why not just go to the store and buy the meat, it would be much cheaper, right? The best answer that I can come up with for that argument is, "If you have to ask, then you wouldn't understand". When then would we get that quality of think time, when would we be able to forget about our responsibilities as productive citizens and act out our primeval instincts, when then would we be able to be truly, who we are?
To date, this has definitely been the most disappointing deer season this bowbender has spent in a long long time. Prior to 1999, before buying our present hunting property I may have spent a few nonchalant seasons but for the past 13 yrs life has been good in this guys world. EHD has changed all that for me and many of my neighbors in Michigan as well as a few other states, Missouri comes to mind. Our firearms season is in it's final week now and the number of deer coming into our studio this year reflects the loss of so many whitetails prior to the hunting season. Hopefully mother nature realizes that the deer population around our neck of the woods has been checked, adjusted accordingly, and is ready for a flippin' break for gods sake! Bow season this year has been a total bust, so far, but we can always hope for a great second season, right? So once again when the mercury drops this old archer will once again ascend my favorite beech tree and brave the cold in hopes that " Mr. 2012" will slip down the trail and make contact with my 100 grain Thunderhead.
Attention deer hunters; Hamilton's Taxidermy will be partnering with The Bear's Den party store in Nashville, MI to sponsor a big buck contest for the Michigan 2012 archery and gun seasons. This is a combined contest with winners being rewarded to third place. The first place prize is a complete shoulder mount of their deer, second place wins a muzzle loading rifle, and third wins an antler mount of their deer. Sign up will take place at The Bear's Den and deer registration and measurements will be done here at Hamilton's Taxidermy. Sign up dates are from now until September 30th for archery and now until November 14th for the gun season. An archer that participates in the gun season will also be eligible to register his/her deer for either season.
Good luck to everyone
To all of you that venture into the woods and fields with hightened anticipation of bagging one of our national treasures, the wild turkey this season, a sincere Good Luck to you!. I personally have taken some time this past week to spend some quality R&R time in a turkey blind. I'm here to tell you that bagging one of those long beards this past week has been a great lesson in frustration for me, I've barely even heard one! Like all good hunters and those of us that want to be, "It ain't over till it's over". That being said, I'll get out as much as time will allow for the next week or so until my season is over. I just finished up a huge flying turkey in the studio and Robin loved it. She thinks the next one I shoot should be mounted like that for our own wall. Being the good husband that I am, as well as jumping at any chance to get into the woods that I can, I will set the clock for way too early a few more times this next week if the rains ever stop. Good luck to everyone who is brave enough to take the chance of being humbled by one of those creatures. The rewards are well worth all the sleep loss and frustration once you've finally been sucessfull at harvesting one of those beautiful birds!
Again, good luck!
To all that follow this blog, let me start by apologizing for my absense from it for so long. As you might guess, Hamilton's Taxidermy has been a very busy place of business for the past couple months. We've taken in more deer for shoulder mounts this past season than any other since we began in 1992. Half mount bears were also up from any previous year. The fish and birds are keeping us busy as well. For all this, I want to send a most sincere "Thank You" to all our clients that have trusted us with your hard earned, possibly once in a life time, trophies. As your taxidermist, let me add also that your trust will never be taken lightly, your mounts will be individually processed through our system getting all the attention they deserve and all that you should be able to expect.
We've taken in some beautiful bucks this past season too. It seems as though the racks are getting bigger each year lately. Could it be that the QDM program is doing what it promises?
I'd like to think so, how about you?
Today is November 1st and to anyone who engages in chasing the whitetail deer it is the time of year we all dream of. The chase phase of the rut is in full swing now and the woods are alive with the sounds of breaking twigs, rustling leaves, running hooves, and not the least of which are the grunts that seem to come from a different mammal altogether.
These are the days that the bowbenders find themselves in a solitary perch with maximum camoflage blending into their surroundings and loving it.
I was part of that scenario this morning when the noisest buck I'd ever heard roared his way into veiw. Unfortunately he was concerned with the unatural camoflaged blob in the tree he was headed toward and turned back and melted from my sight again. His absence was short lived though when a hot doe crossed his path and led him back into one of my shooting lanes.
I'm relatively sure that most hunters feel a certain sense of remorse after taking the life of one of these magnificent creatures as I always do. The shot was perfect and I listened as the giant deer crashed and fell not far from my treestand. I can only imagine the generations of hunters before me that have felt this bittersweet emotion, and I thank God that I still have the privilege to act out my instincts.
It is nearing the end of September now and the chill of fall is definitely in the air. I have hung all my tree stands as of yesterday, I would have preferred to have had them hung three weeks ago but better late than never, right?
Things in the taxidermy studio are very busy lately. I'm finishing up the remainder of the deer taken in for 09 now and putting in some long hours to do so. October first is only about a week away and that's when more will start coming in, hopefully :) The state of the economy still has a grip on our business like most others but we have every reason to believe that we will continue to grow and be here years from now. Thanks to all of our loyal clients that trust Hamilton's Taxidermy with your hard earned trophies.
I have to apologize for not writing for so long. Here it is midsummer already. The fishing seasons are in now and we’ve been busy taking in trophies from around Michigan. I actually took a trophy of my own this summer, a beautiful gold fish from the Grand River. As much as this fish means to me, I have to admit that I have taken five others that are still waiting to be mounted. I think being a taxidermist is a lot like a plumber or electrician, their plumbing and wiring is the last to be done. I have nine deer of my own to be mounted yet………… and so it goes.
Bobby Hamilton has been practicing taxidermy art since graduating from Story's Taxidermy School in Iowa in 1992. Recently he has begun competing at the state show in Grand Rapids, MI with great success!