Early June found the taxidermists at the Matuska Taxidermy Studio hard at work on a celebrity project.
Cisco, the original horse ridden by actor Kevin Costner in the movie “Dances With Wolves” succumbed to old age at the age of 33. As a fitting tribute to this noble creature, Cisco’s owners hired Marty Hansen from Hansen’s Taxidermy in Phillip, South Dakota, as the taxidermist to complete the mount. Marty wasted little time in enlisting the help of the Matuska Taxidermy Studio and the extra hands of Tom Matuska and Amber Gonnerman to help with this monumental task. The manikin underwent major alterations to both pose and size until the perfect attitude and fit was achieved. Cisco’s final journey will be to the original 1880 Town in South Dakota.
AFTER I GRADUATED FROM TAXIDERMY SCHOOL, I FOUND MATUSKA AND THE FRIENDLY FOLK'S ON THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE, TO BE MY SUPPLIER OF CHOICE ! I ORDER EVERYTHING THRU THEM, AND EVEN PLACE ORDER'S WHEN AN ITEM IS'NT IN STOCK ! THEY PROMPTLY NOTIFY THAT THE ITEM HAS ARRIVED AND IS NOW HEADING IN MY DIRECTION ! I HAVE EVEN BEEN ALLOWED TO CHAT WITH ONE OF THEIR TAXIDERMIST, WHO GAVE ME SOLID ADVICE THAT I HAD NOT PICKED UP FROM THE SCHOOL THAT I ATTENDED ! I'LL PURCHASE FROM THEM FOREVER ! AND I LOVE DIGGING FOR THAT TREAT, STASHED IN THE BOX OF SUPPLIES ! GREAT JOB, MATUSKA !!!
James Moore 6/09/2017
Very quick shipping at reasonable cost and great products!
Dakotah Gould 11/18/2016
Love ordering from Matuskas. Great products, service, and they give back to the industry
Michelle Dewildt 3/21/2018
Top notch service. Always friendly and willing to go the extra mile to help you out.
Dan Williams 4/07/2018
Matuska themselves is fine but whoever they deal with an thru for the reproduction antlers is unsat 1. He kept changing times on completion 2. Called on a Monday to say they have been shipped and would receive by end of last week 3. Called this morning an was told that they talked to him an they were told he didn’t ship them till Friday. So in all this I needed these for a taxidermy class that I paid over $2000 for an now don’t have crap so whoever they deal with needs to pull his head out of his ass an they need to drop him as a supplier
David Farley 4/23/2018
Speedy delivery to Australia and great products. Thank you!
Samantha Cervinski 5/03/2018
Great company to buy from meet them at world show one year very friendly and helpful
Rick Dunlap 4/06/2018
I always enjoy stopping by to see what's new.
Beth Miller 6/26/2014
Have talked to Tom at the South Dakota Taxidermy Convention. He is a very nice down the earth guy willing to help anyone. Shipping charges have always been very fair. Always arrives on time and with great service.
Tony Donelan 7/16/2018
Great products, great service, and awesome people.