Taxidermists & Hunters fight to stop new rules in TN



TTN-Taxidermists and hunters are fighting to stop a new rule in Tennessee that prohibits the movement of legally taken animals from out of state into TN. The rule was put in place to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease. The implications for taxidermists are obvious and devastating . Taxidermists and hunters are working together to try to get this ban lifted.

As chronic wasting disease spreads, states often take a reactionary approach to dealing with the problem. Here in Wisconsin, much was done to try to stop the spread of the disease when it was discovered here in 2002 . Efforts to stop the spread were not successful. It appears the disease is not making a significant impact on the deer population in WI.

Common sense precautions should be used when handling any dead animal as a taxidermist. Wear latex gloves and an apron, work in a well ventilated room , and keep a clean operation.


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Aaron Stehling is a second-generation full time taxidermist from Jefferson, WI. He is co-owner, with his brother Austin, of Stehling’s Taxidermy, LLC, a studio that specializes in wholesale/sub contract work that has been in operation for over 40 years. Stehling’s Taxidermy also offers a turkey head freeze dry service. You can learn more about his services at or check out their online video training web site, Aaron is also the administrator on forums. He is a regular contributing author for Taxidermy Today Magazine.You can contact him at 920.674.3724 or email