LAKE LINDEN - Brent Fortin has a lot of trophies hanging on his shop wall.
White tail bucks, fish, small game - you name it, he's got it.
Brent is the owner of Fortin's Fins & Furs Taxidermy located on the Bootjack Road in Lake Linden. He offers full service taxidermy including fish, game heads, birds and small game, and, judging from the life-like display of mounts in his showroom, he's obviously good at what he does.
Brent Fortin, professional taxidermist and owner of Fortin’s Fins & Furs of Lake Linden, stands by his business sign on the Bootjack Road.
"I've always been interested in it," he said. "It's always fun to see what people are bringing in."
Brent prides himself in delivering professional, life-like mounts no matter what a customer may bring into the shop. He specializes in whitetail shoulder mounts and offers more than 18 different head positions for customers to choose from. For bear mounts, Brent said he can do life size down to shoulder mounts. He also specializes in bear skin rugs.
"The rugs are commercially sewn for the same price of glued or stapled rugs and there's a variety of felt colors to choose from," he said. "We have installed hangers for wall or floor use."
All of the rugs are commercially tanned using only the best tannery in the business, Brent said.
"For any small game, the mounting options are the same as bear," he added.
As far as fish, Brent offers skin mounts and reproductions for both warm and cold water fish.
"There's no minimum cost for any fish mount," he said, adding he can do both wall and 360 mounts. "Driftwood, custom bases and slabs are available."
Bird mounting is available as well, he said.
Skulls and antlers are another aspect of the business.
Brent said he offers skull cleaning for any type of skulls and they can be glossed or flat.
"Antler mounting is available and there's a variety of plaques and color options with both antler and skull mounts," he said. "Antler restoration and repair is also offered."
Brent, who is an avid hunter and fisherman himself, said it was because of his love of the outdoors that he decided to get into taxidermy.
"I caught a fish seven years ago and had it mounted. I thought I could enjoy doing it for myself," he said. "I just really like it. I get to see a lot of big bucks and big fish."
Brent is licensed and certified by the American Institute of Taxidermy, which he attended in Boulder Junction, Wis., and has more than four years of experience in the business. In November of 2007, he built a new shop on the Bootjack Road, just past the Rice Lake Road.
"I have all new tools to accommodate for any mount and to achieve great detail," Brent said. "I use all top-of-the-line products in all my works for an extremely detailed, life-like mount."
At Fortin's Fins & Furs customers will find that Brent offers competitive pricing and payment options are available.
"I aim for a six-month turnaround," he added. "I try to get it back to them as soon as I can."
Fortin's Fins & Furs is located at 52110 Bootjack Road (just past the Rice Lake Road) in Lake Linden. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Flexible hours are available, along with appointments. For more information, call 296-9975.
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