About Us

John Elpers

Licensed European Mount Taxidermist

From the age of 5 my parents were not been able to keep me out of the woods. I collected frogs, lizards, bugs, and walked miles to lakes just to fish. As I got older, and deer were introduced, I got addicted to the great pursuit. There is nothing better than hunting on a cold winters day, coming home and eating a bowl of deer chili, then heading back out to chase the always illusive mature bucks. During the spring and summer months I spend most of my time fishing, chasing large crappie and bass; while kicking back a cold beer after a long days work.

Some of my family has asked, "Why Taxidermy?" I answered: "Taxidermy just fits with me. It is individual work that I get to do with my hands. I am a hands on person. I enjoy how much focus it takes to get it right the first time. You only get one time to get it right. I enjoy the processes, and the meticulousness of making the mounts just right, perfect, and the result is true art!" Currently I only enjoy the art of European Mounting animals. I am not sure if I will ever try my hand at the other side of taxidermy. I enjoy European mounting too much; but you never know. One of the most fascinating parts of my work is working with my kind of people. We are a group of people that grows deep in heritage and share the thrill of the great pursuit. Another thing I enjoy is taking care of my hungry little beetle friends, feeding them, watching the numbers rise every few days, and keeping the colony healthy and free of mites and parasites. It is crazy and yet satisfying how fast they can clean a skull.


I want thank everyone that have influenced me or helped me through to this point in my life. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers!

Thanks,

John Elpers


Taxidermy License Number: 12064

Born: Dale, IN

Preferred Hunting Style: Compound Bow, Treestand/Climber in White Oak thickets between food plots and bedding areas.

Favorite Hunting Brands:

    • Hoyt Bows
    • Victory Archery
    • Fuse Archery
    • Sword Sights
    • QAD
    • SEVR Broadheads
    • SEVR Bow Targets
    • Cabela's
    • Trophy Ridge

Largest Whitetail Buck: 153 1/8 inches (50 yards 1/4 away)

Largest Bass: 8lbs 11oz

Largest Crappie: 4lbs 3oz (Lake Nockamixon, PA)

Veteran Owned and Operated

  • I served 8 years in the United States Army.
  • I did one tour in Iraq in 2004-2005.
  • Army Corporal Recruiter in 2005-2006
  • My final year in and my final tour overseas was in Afghanistan in 2008-2009.
  • I left the Army January 2010