July 14, 2012
Mark Zimmerman inspects a shoulder-mount antelope he made and plans to bring to the upcoming National Taxidermist Association competition. Zimmerman, owner of Bullseye Taxidermy, has won awards for his work in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Idaho.
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In taxidermy, making the animal look real and putting it in a pose is usually enough to satisfy a customer. But local taxidermists go above and beyond the basic design, and they are winning the awards to show for it. Bullseye Taxidermy owner Mark Zimmerman has won a Best in Category (selected as the best work of its type) award at both the New Mexico and Colorado Taxidermist Association competitions with an antelope, in March and May, respectively. He also had his work on mule deer win first prize at both shows. Zimmerman has been among the best in Colorado in the master's division with his antelope and mule deer for the past few years, having won the best mule deer award more than anyone else at the Colorado show.