September Taxidermy Exam

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission will conduct a taxidermy examination for permit applicants on Sept. 9, 10 and 11, at the agency's Southcentral Region Office in Huntingdon, Huntingdon County. All persons performing taxidermy work for others must have a permit issued by the Game Commission.

Completed applications and appropriate fees must be submitted to a district wildlife conservation officer for approval by Aug. 15. After an application is received by the Game Commission, individuals will be sent a letter scheduling the date and time to report for the exam. Applications are available at the agency's Harrisburg and regional offices.

The examination consists of three parts, including the presentation of five specimens prepared by the applicant within the past three years. Required specimens for the general category permit include: an antlered white-tailed deer head; a small mammal; an adult ring-necked pheasant, ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail or wild turkey; a duck or other waterfowl; and a fish. Birds must be mounted with feet and legs visible. All specimens must be representative of wildlife found in Pennsylvania.

The second phase of the testing process is a written examination on taxidermy methods and procedures. The third portion requires applicants to actually perform some part of the taxidermy process on a selected specimen. Passing scores must be attained on all three parts of the examination.