1995 I began studying taxidermy under the supervision of two national certified
taxidermist with one of them being a master taxidermist. In 1996 I entered
my first two mounts (two lifesize raccoons in a snowscene) at the Texas
state competiton. The mounts won a first place ribbon as well as a second
place. In 1997 I entered a boar shoulder mount and took a second place
became a national certified taxidermist in 1997 and opened my own studio,
Billington Ranch Taxidermy. Since then I have entered mounts and won awards
in many more state competitions as well as national competitions.
took a first place with a shoulder mount boar at the National competition
in 2000 and a second place with a lifesize coyote. The following year I
was awarded the Award of Excellence from the National Taxidermy Association.
2004 I entered a uromastyx lizard and took top score with it giving me
the title of National Champion for reptiles. I also taught a beginners
whitetail deer fleshing seminar at the 2004 National competition.
Ranch Taxidermy is an active member of the Texas State Taxidermy Association
(TTAI) as well as the National Taxidermy Association (NTA).
the last year Billington Ranch Taxidermy has been writing articles on taxidermy
for the www.hidetanning.net website.
The articles range from complete skull cleaning instructions to reptile
taxidermy and specimen field care. If you plan to have us mount your trophies,
we suggest you visit the field care article at www.
hidetanning.net for information on how to take care of your trophy
in the field prior to bringing it to us. We are also continuously
educating ourselves about new taxidermy techniques and products by attending
as many seminars and conventions as possible.
at Billington Ranch Taxidermy we strive to create the best mounts possible.
Utmost attention is being paid to fine details and accurate anatomy of
the animal as it occurs in nature. Our displays and habitats are very pleasing
and natural looking. Our turnaround time ranges from approximately six
months to eight months with a few exceptions taking longer.
believe the building foundation of a great looking mount is proper tanning.
That's why we send all of our capes and large mammal skins to Advantage
Fur Dressing in Houston which does a fantastic job on tanning them. Our
small mammal skins (up to the size of a coyote) are being tanned in shop,
as we found this to be the best way for those types of animals due to their
thin skins. Unlike many other taxidermists we even tan all of our reptiles
skins, whether they are for wallhanging purposes or lifesize mounts.
of our bases and habitats are being build in shop by Mike Billington. He
brings with him over 30 years of experience as a sculptur and artist. His
bases are one of a kind and no two will look exactly the same.