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September 28, 2013

Taxidermist turns love of wildlife into career

Borow’s Taxidermy is more than a workshop full of North American animals mounted in life-like poses; it is an education.

Bob Borow has been in the taxidermy business most of his life, either as a part-time interest or as a full-time career.

“I guess I was about 13 when I started doing this,” Borow said. “My daddy used to hunt small game and we would eat what he brought home, but he would always throw out the pelt, and I thought it was such a waste. I got a book and learned how to mount small animals. It just grew from there.”

Borow, a Delhi native, graduated with a biology degree and has a keen interest in the animal kingdom. In addition to mounting animals for customers, he often goes on hunting trips throughout North America and mounts what he kills. If the animal is edible, he will harvest the meat.

Borow is always learning about animal behavior. While hunting in Alaska in May, he came face-to-face with a big brown bear.

“We were tracking a pretty large boar that had gone around a point,” Borow said. “We were making our way around the point when two brown bear came around the corner headed straight toward us.”

Both bears turned at a creek that separated the men from the bears. Borow and his guide elected not to follow them, opting instead to continue looking for the bear they had been tracking.

Those who wish to hunt in Alaska must employ a certified guide to ensure hunting regulations are followed as well as for the hunter’s safety.

“When we got around the corner, the bear was right there and started coming toward us,” Borow said. “I got a clean shot right behind the shoulder and he rolled, but then he got up. I got another clean shot and rolled him again, but he got up again and ran off to the wood line.”

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