Requirements to Become a Licensed Taxidermist In Alaska

The Alaska Department of Fish And Game requires a license for all fish and game if the services of a taxidermist are to create a trophy, and if the services are performed for monetary gain. The US Fish And Wildlife Service has limited requirements for taxidermy licenses. This federal license only applies for migratory birds and their nests and eggs.

The Alaska license is $200 for residents and $500 for nonresidents, and it lasts 2 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a $100 fee, and their license is good for 5 years.

I didn’t see any education, testing, or organizational certification requirements for either the state or federal taxidermist licenses.

On the following page, there is a link to the Alaska taxidermy, fur dealer, and game farm application:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=prolicenses.taxidermy

The following is the Federal Migratory Bird Taxidermy Permit application form:

http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-8.pdf

According to the Alaska Department of Labor’s website, a 2014 count found 59 Alaska taxidermist licensees, and 35 with the federal migratory bird permit.

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