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Great Bear Taxidermy

14892 Co. Rd. 36
Osakis, MN 56360

Phone: 320-732-2675
Email: grtbear@rea-alp.com
Taxidermist: Mike Kahlert

 

Our Location

Our taxidermy shop is located just west of Long Prairie, MN and North of Osakis, MN on Todd County Road 36

 

~ Considered an approved import facility for hunting trophies by the USDA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ~

 

~ Credit Cards Accepted ~

 

Trophy Field Care Guide
(by McKenzie Taxidermy Supply)

 

Awards & Recognitions
Mike and the Great Bear Taxidermy team have won numerous awards for their outstanding work, some of our more prestigious recognitions include:

  • Mckenzie Taxidermy Supply Distinguished Service Award
  • Professional – Best of Category – Gamehead – MN Taxidermy Guild Association

Organization Involvement

  • MN Trappers Association
  • MN Taxidermist Association
  • MN Taxidermy Guild Association

North American & Exotic Game Taxidermy Services by Licensed Taxidermist Mike Kahlert

Life Size Taxidermy Mount - Mountain SheepDear fellow Sportsmen, we welcome you to Great Bear Taxidermy, Central Minnesota’s premiere taxidermy service for authentic wildlife artistry. Our professional taxidermy studio located between Long Prairie and Osakis, MN is dedicated to producing creative, custom pieces of the highest quality. Whether you’re an African game hunter or a local hunter/fisherman, we have and are capable of turning your prize trophy into a beautiful mount you will cherish for years to come.

 

Having spent a lifetime studying the habitats, behaviors and physical anatomy of animals, birds and fish from around the world, we provide a truly diverse set of taxidermy skills. Our expertise enables us to not only recreate trophies that are true to form and color but also true to movement and natural habitat.

 

Our experienced taxidermy services include:

  • Taxidermy Services
  • Mount Restoration
  • Mount Cleaning
  • Mount Repair
  • Custom Poses
  • Creative & Natural Basework / Habitats
  • Fish Reproductions
  • U.S. Trophy Import Services
  • Mount Shipping Services

Life Size Taxidermy Mount - BadgerEstablished in 1976, Great Bear Taxidermy operates with 35 plus years of taxidermy experience. Our team of talented and detail-oriented artists is dedicated to reproducing dynamic life-like trophy mounts that reach extraordinary creativity levels.

 

From record breaking freshwater bass to oceanic sailfish, from whitetail deer to African Antelope, from large black bears to exotic water buffalo and everything in between, Great Bear Taxidermy has a reputation for delivering astonishing results no matter the animal type, species or size. Throughout our lengthy history we’ve expanded our service offerings to include a larger shop in 1998 and the addition of African taxidermy services in 2000. Today we are recognized as a worldwide service provider for carefully designed and sculpted taxidermy art.

Life Size Taxidermy Mount - Big CatAs a professional and experienced taxidermist, we are licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to import hunting trophies. At Great Bear Taxidermy, we are also officially approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to receive restricted animals if all paperwork is in order. Importing hunting trophies into the United States is usually a simple process and we would be glad to help.

 

For potential taxidermy services related to African and exotic species, please contact us well in advance of your safari so we can assist you with obtaining proper permits, necessary shipping instructions, etc.

 

>> A Word About Pricing

Price shopping is always a smart idea. You always want to get the most for your dollar. With that said, we would like to add that when it comes to taxidermy services you are purchasing a custom piece of art; or rather, you are purchasing someone’s talents to recreate your trophy into a dynamic piece of wildlife art that will provide a lifetime of memories and decor.

 

Life Size Taxidermy Mount - Black BearWhile price is an important factor, it should not take top-priority when it comes to finding the best expert for your future mount. It is of the utmost importance that you preview and study a taxidermist’s prior work before contracting him or her to complete your mounted piece. This can be done online or through resources (flyers, pamphlets, brochures, etc.) provided by the taxidermist.

 

The next step is actually visiting the taxidermist’s shop. Almost all taxidermists have a showroom displaying their work, we recommend that you ask questions and look closely. In the end, price should only be one factor in your decision; after all, you are the one who will be looking at your mount for decades to come, so make sure you do all you can to ensure it will look spectacular.

 

>> Tanning

What is tanning? Tanning is the process of turning an animal's hide into usable preserved leather. It is this preservation process that makes the art of taxidermy possible. There are many different methods and formulas used to tan a hide. The process of tanning dates back to the early Egyptians, Arabians, and Hebrews, and even more recognizable, to the American Indians, who passed their system of tanning onto the early settlers.

 

We understand that your prized take is possibly a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, which is why no shortcuts are taken when it comes to preserving your valuable hunting trophy. All skins utilized at Great Bear Taxidermy are tanned at a commercial tannery.

 

>> Wood Work
As a professional taxidermist we provide much more than basic animal mounts. At Great Bear Taxidermy we offer custom wood working, and have the ability to create any type of cabinetry. From simple frames to fully functional cabinets and dioramas, we can take your mount from lifeless to lifelike, complete with its own enclosed wildlife setting. We also offer on-site trophy installation. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a visit to view our showroom.

 

Turn Around Time
At Great Bear Taxidermy we know you are eager to receive your trophy, or trophies in the case of multiples, so we always offer a timely 6-10 month completion time.