How Watching A Video Unlocked A 42-Year-Old Man's Hidden Talent

Jim Brown taxidermistBy Adam Kaufman and Ryan Simmons

HURLEY, N.Y. – Many people spend a lifetime toiling away at a job they tolerate, never finding one that impassions them. Jim Brown might have been one of those people had it not been for a video he watched.

From an early age, Brown, 61, had been a lover of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. But he made his living as a masonry contractor and tended bar during the slow winter months. Then nearly two decades ago, a friend successfully mounted his own deer and suggested Brown give it a try, too. Brown bought a how-to video and tried out the method on a deer he had just hunted. "And, surprisingly, it came out pretty good, so I just pursued it," he told AOL Jobs.

Walking into the showroom of Jim Brown's taxidermy shop, Wildlife Encounters, is one of the more exotic experiences you'll experience. Located just 100 miles north of New York City, the store feels a little like stepping inside Disney's "Jungle Book." Grizzly bears, whitetail deer, grey foxes, mountain lions, and wild boars are just a few of the species on display. All of them have been mounted by Brown, an award-winning taxidermist and a master at his craft after 19 years in the taxidermy business.

Business, he says, has grown steadily even through the recent economic downturn. "I think when a guy shoots a big deer, one way or another, they're going to figure out a way to get it done," he explained.

Watch the video above to take a look inside Jim Brown's exotic shop and the story behind the biggest deer he mounted this year.

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Hello !! Idiot,,did you actually see the clip?? People don't bring the animals alive ....

May 19 2012 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if you want to bitch about killing defensless animals take a look at what you buy at the store. the meat that is mass produced chickens turkey eggs beef pork. those animals suffer and it is inhuman what they go threw. the deer I kill that I feed my family with was a quick clean kill far more human that the factory farms that everyone buys. so unless you are 100% vegan shut your mouth you are ignorent! you are far more cruel to animals for buying meat at the store.

May 15 2012 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jim has been our Taxidermist for several years now, creative artist, awesome expression. He has created Black Bear, Black Squirrel, Bucks Coyotes our Living Room is full of Jim's life like re-creations. Quite the Talent here. I suppose most of the commenter are Vegetarians & do NOT have leather seats in their cars or handbags & shoes & belts? Oh well..I guess if wildlife was never properly harvested they could all end up as hood ornaments on your cars. I suppose you tree hugers would prefer that?

May 14 2012 at 11:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

WHile they bitch and complain we eat like kings some of the finest food in the world all natural and "organic" if you will and a heck of a lot cheaper too. Because of bambi I spend less that 200 bucks a year on beef , taxidermy is a art and some of the work they do is breathtaking and beautiful. Almost a shrine to thank the lord and let his memory live on for the food he provided and the entertainment, friendships made and on and on. Sport you better believe it , give it a try a day in the field with me you will be wore out worse than the hardest work out you ever endured. The fun the memories made and more the delicious meal. If you haven't tried don't speak that my friends is total ignorance.

May 14 2012 at 11:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Lol, some of these comments... Wow.

People are seriously uneducated =\ You people need to learn more about animals, and conservation. Hunters play an extremely vital role in the conservation of different species. Not to mention disease control is a direct result of animal population control as well.

There's a hundred benefits for having active hunters. You people seriously need to get a life.

Besides, where do you think that steak comes from? Hamburger? Hot dog? ANY meat you eat, from ANYWHERE, where do you think that comes from? It just fell from the sky or something? Lol....

May 14 2012 at 10:39 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

He should stuff New Jersey's governor.

Oh, sorry, he's already stuffed...

May 14 2012 at 10:35 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Priscilla Pittington

did we learn nothing from brother bear or finding memo or even bambi? ..

May 14 2012 at 9:25 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Priscilla Pittington's comment

I just couldn't get any pleasure killing a defenseless animal. I wonder how they would feel if the animals also had guns?

May 14 2012 at 8:58 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to akseserizdotcom's comment

If animals had guns and had the intellect to use them do you really think they'd hesitate to use them?

May 14 2012 at 9:24 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Survival of the fittest.

May 14 2012 at 10:27 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Log Cabin

I can tell a gay guy just by looking into their eyes.

May 14 2012 at 8:08 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Log Cabin's comment

How close did you look?

May 14 2012 at 8:56 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Garry Carlson

Can he do "people"? Is it even allowed?

May 14 2012 at 7:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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