By Kyle Jillson | February 1 2013 11:54

Patrons offered firsthand look at trophy displays during NRA hunting show

A duck on display at the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show

Frederick, Maryland - Last weekend's NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show had everything the activty hunter could need: outfitters, gear vendors, meat processors and taxidermists.

The taxidermists on hand had some of the flashiest booths at the show. Their area adorned with a wide array of masterfully preserved animals – waiting to pounce, following their prey or hiding in the brush – to showcase their skills. One best looking booths belonged to eighteen year taxidermy tradesman Doug Myers.

"It's just something I wanted to do," said Myers when asked about getting his start in the trade. "I picked it up and learned along the way."

Fair enough. The animals displayed at Doug's booth were proof enough that he's learned quite a lot. But even for an accomplished taxidermist like Myers, it can't be all that easy. Can it?

Taxidermist Dave Myers at the NRA Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show

"No it's not easy because it's not all the same," Myers chuckled. "It varies from person to person. The most difficult subjects for me are the African animals because of their thin hair. Then there are the fish which are tough because of their thin skin. You have to get creative when figuring out where to hide the seams."

It takes a special kind of dedication to be a professional taxidermist and they are definitely appreciated by the hunter looking to get their trophy preserved just right. I asked Doug to tell me his favorite part of the job and his answer is the same as others, regardless of industry, who truly enjoy what they do.

"I love that every day is something new," Myers said. "You don't get tired of this because one day it's a deer and the next it's a turkey. There's so much variety you can't get bored."

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