Business-owners Jamie Hicks and Dennis Jaggers were all smiles at the grand opening of their new venture, Twin Lakes Taxidermy.
The business, which is located on Highway 54 about three miles west of Public Square, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 4, to mark their opening.
The two welcomed friends, family, public officials, and anyone interested in stopping by with donuts and a hearty handshake, and were pleased to show off some excellent work they had done.
“Look at this one,” Jaggers said, switching off the lights in the office, and flipping the switch positioned below a mounted coyote. The coyote’s eyes lit up, casting an eerie and realistic yellowish glow. The crowd was thoroughly impressed with the specimen.
The display of the pairs’ work continues across the walls of the office as a testament to their skill, honed during 25 years of experience with the art of taxidermy.
Both men are experienced, licensed taxidermists, but Jaggers offers some extra options along with his federal certification. Anyone who is able to obtain the special permits to do so can have migratory game birds, such as hawks, owls, or eagles mounted if they have died of natural causes.
Typically, these types of permits are allowed only for mounts which will be placed in locations such as schools or museums.
Hicks and Jaggers explained that while the most common animals mounted here are fish, deer and turkey, they offer a huge variety of options, and will work with everything from bears and boars to beavers and bobcats. Even snakes are welcome.
Both shoulder mounts and full body mounts are offered, and the pair specializes in scenery mounts. They can offer tanned rugs with head mounts, and even have a selection of game calls and other items.
For the upcoming turkey hunting season, which begins on April 13, Twin Lakes Taxidermy is offering a contest for the biggest turkey. The largest bird to be brought in will get mounted for half of the regular price.