About the Taxidermist
Hello, I'm Wyatt Iles. I grew up hunting and fishing all the local bays and marshes of Rockport,Tx, and I love the incredible great outdoors and wildlife that God created at the beginning of time. I hunt Birds Regularly, especially Ducks and Geese. From hunting Divers(Buffleheads, Bluebills, Redheads, Red Breasted Mergansers, and Common Goldeneyes) in a boat blind, to hunting Puddlers (Teal, Shovelers, Gadwall, Widgeon, Mottled Ducks, and Pintail) in the marshes, and hunting Geese (Specklebellies, Snows, Blues, and Ross Geese) over flooded rice, I do it all. I also fish alot, from sight casting redfish to gigging Flounder, Sheepshead and Drum in the salt flats. I first got interested in Taxidermy when I was 12 years old and started wanting to mount my own birds. I shot my first duck when I was five years old, and my dad got it mounted for me.
I didn't do taxidermy seriously until several years ago when a hunting buddy of mine brought up the idea. I picked up an interest and bought a video online and ordered a duck mounting kit from Lone Star Taxidermy supply. When I ordered the mounting kit I saw on the lone Star Taxidermy supply website that they also offered taxidermy lessons. After I did a few birds, I went up and took Taxidermy lessons from Lone Star Taxidermy supply. From there, I went and took several more lessons and soon started taking lessons 4 to 5 times a year. I learned very quickly, under the phenomenal teaching of National Judge and Master Competitor Randy Turner.
I love the art of Taxidermy, and my goals are to offer excellent quality, solid long-lasting work that will last for years and years and to keep a short turn around time. I do what ever I possibly can to maintain a short turn around time. I am constantly trying to improve and perfect my taxidermy skills because I believe that taxidermy is an art, not just a process, and each wildlife requires a certain amount of time, attention, detail, and technique to re-create it to be just like it was when it was in the wild.
Each species and each individual wildlife has its own set of "Signatures" that make that wildlife what it is and distinguish it from other species. For instance, a Northern Pintail's biggest signatures are its long black pin shaped feathers in its tail, a long skinny neck, and a very graceful, streamlined look when it's in the air. Each species of bird has its own shape and way of flying, standing, and moving about. I specialize in finding these signatures, and re-creating them in the wildlife.
I use all the same techniques that I would use if I was to take it to a taxidermy competition, and my commercial work does not vary much at all from my competition work. I do all the work myself, because I want to ensure that the mount will last for a long time, and that it will look as detailed and real as it needs to be. I truly enjoy taxidermy, and I enjoy making God's creation last to behold its beauty and creativity for years to come.
Thanks for visiting my website, and I hope to mount some of your trophies someday.