Van Dyke’s Taxidermy Supply hit with layoffs


October 16th 2016 – Aaron Stehling ,Taxidermy Talk News

TTN – Van Dyke’s Taxidermy supply has announced layoffs at it’s South Dakota manufacturing location. According to the Daily Republic, about 15 employees have been let go. It is not known how many others will be let go and how long the location will remain open.

Van Dyke’s has been a fixture in the Taxidermy Industry for decades. It was bought by Cabela’s in the late 90’s, and then sold to McKenzie Taxidermy Supply in 2009. According to McKenzie, sales have dropped off by 50% over the last 7 years . McKenzie has invested millions into Van Dyke’s since acquiring it .

It looks like much of the operation will be moved to McKenzie’s facilities in North Carolina.


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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