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Facebook Live: Mounting a Blue Wing Teal with Cory Caruthers

LIVE: Mounting a Blue Wing Teal with Cory Caruthers

WHEN: October 11, 2018 @ 4:30 PM CT

New Product Alert

Matuska Taxidermy Supply Company is now carrying Stop-Rot.


  • Stop-Rot was developed as an aid in preventing hair and epidermal slip. Not only has it been stopping epidermal and hair slips, it has also been improving efficiency of acids in the acid/saline solution (pickle). It keeps the slimy membrane from “sliming-up”, making it easier to shave off, and allowing faster and deeper penetration of acids.
  • Stop-Rotextends the work time of a fresh hide by slowing down or stopping decompositions. In essence, it is a short term preservative.
  • Apply as soon as possible after the animal has been skinned. If it is a frozen skin or cape, apply as quickly as possibly after the thawing process and even during the thawing if possible. Stop-Rot helps soften and rehydrate freezer burned skin.
  • ApplyStop-Rot with a paint brush to a cape that has had chunks of meat and fat removed. Three to five ounces will be sufficient for whitetail size capes. Application on other mammals will be proportionate, depending on size. Brush on, DO NOT apply with a mister.
  • Cover flesh side thoroughly and liberally; it is not necessary to have it pooling on the skin. Stop-Rot can also be brushed on the hair side of un-turned ears for easier opening of freezer burned or overly dry ears. It can also be injected under the ear skin with a hypodermic needle, which will speed up the softening process.
  • Stop-Rotmakes fleshing and turning much simpler, faster and efficient. You can now remove muscle tissue from the nose pad, lips and eyebrows. Just dab a small amount of Stop-Roton the areas from which muscle tissue is to be removed and let sit for a while before fleshing.
  • Stop-Rot will “float-up” coagulated blood from around bullet holes allowing easy clean up with the wipe of a paper towel.
  • If salt drying is desired,Stop-Rot will speed up the salt drying process after the cape has been fleshed.
  • Once the cape has been in the acid pickle solution a sufficient length of time, it can be removed and shaved without having to be returned to the pickle before proceeding with neutralization and finishing.
*User should work with gloves when using this product or any other chemical compounds on animal skins, and don’t forget your eye protection!

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Vikings Loving Family Finds Hope In The Minneapolis Miracle

To many, it was a game-winning touchdown, but to this Viking’s loving family who lost their husband andfather a week before – it was a “Hey, I’m Ok” from above.

Justin Stahly, a fun-loving family man, who was always smiling and loving life, passed away from a snowmobile accident a week before the amazing Vikings win. It was requested at Justins funeral that people wear purple and gold. The house was packed with purple that even the born and raised, Milwaukee Green Bay Packer Pastor put his green aside and pulled out his purple lent attire.

The Stahly family is an amazing loving family who have had everyones worst nightmare happen to them 2 weeks ago when they lost their father and husband. The Miracle in Minnesota wasnt just a miracle for Vikings fans, but a miracle for his wife Christine, Jake (8), Hayden (7) and all his friends and family that got left behind. He isnt able to come down and tell us he is okay, but instead did it on the big screen like a boss! #stahlyeffect

It would be amazing if we could get everyone to like and share this blog and get it to someone with connections to bring them to the Super Bowl LII or even to meet the Vikings and give them something to be excited about and smile at life again. Help us help them! Please share this blog post to social medias and use the hashtags: #stahlyeffect, @minnesotavikings, #minneapolismiracle, @stefondiggs, @mnsuperbowl2018! SKOL!



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Introducing… Early Season Mule Deer Forms!

Introducing our NEW Sage Brush Series Mule Deer,

Early Season Mule Deer!

These forms were specifically sculpted for Early Season Mule Deer.

This line is for Mule Deer harvested during archery and muzzleloader season (mid-August through early October).

They have thinner mid-necks and slightly narrower shoulders.

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