Craig, Colorado can be considered the hub of hunting, with a large migrating elk herd and home to a variety of wildlife. Taxidermists there share plenty of work from hunters. Two taxidermists, Scott Moore and Leland Reinier from Craig collaborated on "Can't Kill the King." Leland Reiner owns Big Cat Taxidermy, and Scott Moore owns Mountain Man Taxidermy. Reiner took over the business from his father, and says his father was one of the best, that in his father's time taxidermist didn't want to share any of their trade secrets, and his father wouldn't enter work into competitions. But Reiner thinks the business has changed, that by collaborating and doing competitions everyone comes out a better taxidermist, and in this case friends. Moore started taxidermy work at 15 when he worked under Bob Barton at Mountain Man Taxidermy, he says he was lucky and caught a break with Barton taking him in and teaching him everything. Now the industry has changed and there are seminars for taxidermists.
Can't Kill the King is a project that took over 80 hours and $4,000, a full sized African Lion. Moore contacted Reiner for help on the project. They won first place in the collective artist division at the Colorado State Taxidermy Competition. From Craig Daily Press .