Kleer Taxidermy is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, not far from the Pittsburgh International Airport. Owner and taxidermist Joe Kleer has over 10 years experience, is a lifetime member of the Pennsylvania Taxidermy Association and is also state and federally licensed. Joe is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys making hunting and fishing memories last a lifetime. Specializing in whitetail deer, Kleer Taxidermy also provides additional services including game head mounts, life sized mounts, fish mounts and rugs. Give us a call or drop us a line for current pricing and more information.
I've been hunting and fishing since I was a young boy. Being in the great outdoors has always been a relaxing place for me, and I'm a huge fan of preserving nature. One of my fondest memories was when I caught a 32 pound, 44 inch king salmon and was able to have it preserved by a taxidermist. Every time I looked at that fish hanging on my wall it reminded me of the fun I had reeling it in. I had hoped that one day I would be able to preserve animals for myself. When I was 19, to test my skills, I mounted a couple of deer feet into a gun rack and an antler mount. I have to admit I was pretty impressed with the results, not to mention how much I enjoyed the projects. I soon put the mounting tools away to get a job and start a family, but the dream of becoming a taxidermist was always there. In 1997 I bagged my first gobbler, a 17 pounder with a 9 inch beard. Of course I had it preserved and my dream resurfaced. A few years later I approached the taxidermist who preserved that turkey and asked to assist him in his shop. He graciously agreed and mentored me until I received my license to do taxidermy. In 2006 I became a Pennsylvania state and federally licensed taxidermist whose specialty is whitetail deer. Feel free to browse the site and send any questions or comments. I am looking forward to doing business with you.
Happy Hunting and Fishing,Joe Kleer
455 Crescent Blvd ExtCrescent, PA 15046
Caring for your harvest
Important to Know
If you are unable to get the animal or cape to us in a timely manner, freeze it as soon as possible to prevent damage to the skin. Failing to freeze the animal may cause the hair or feathers to fall out. Wipe blood or debris from skin and double bag the animal or cape, then freeze. Do not salt capes as this does not allow the skin to freeze.
Do not gut or skin the animal if you want a life-size mount. To ensure the best results, bring in the whole animal so we can skin it as needed.
If you're taking the animal to a game processor, let them know you are getting a shoulder mount done so they can cape it.
If you're processing the deer at home, follow these steps:
Skin the deer hanging upside down by the back legs, making the cuts on the back legs
Skin down the carcass
Cut all the way around just before the knee on the front legs
Cut up along the back side of each leg where the white and brown hair pattern meet, stopping at the elbow of the deer
Continue to pull the skin down over the brisket; Be careful not to cut holes in the cape as you go
Tube skin as far down the neck as possible
Leave the cape whole and do not cut down the back of the neck
When you get as far as you can to the base of the neck, saw the head off the animal, as this should give you a enough skin for a shoulder or wall pedestal mount