Taxidermy - For over 60 years, Lyons and O'Haver Taxidermy maintains a reputation of excellence among taxidermists and offers a full range of taxidermy services, specializing in Fish Mounts, Bird Mounts, and Big Game Taxidermy.

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ABOUT OUR TAXIDERMY

fish-mount-bigeye-tunaIn Southern California, visit our taxidermy and fish mounts showroom and see the finest quality taxidermy available. If you prefer, you may ship your raw, unprocessed animals, fish, or birds to us. We service clients from all over the world, including Mexico, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America as well as from virtually every state in the U.S.A. We are also hunting and fishing consultants and can assist you in planning a trip anywhere in the world – from Alaska to Zimbabwe. Additionally, if your big game trophies or fish mounts are in need of cleaning or repair, we provide the services of trophy cleaning, trophy repair, and trophy restoration.

 

Our Clients
Lyon’s and O’Haver provides taxidermy services for thousands of sportsmen and the following businesses, agencies, organizations and institutions:

United States Navy, Bureau of Fisheries, Sea World, The San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, The California Department of Fish and Game, Anza Borrego State Park, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Mesa College, Mission Trails Regional Park, Torrey Pines State Park, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Tecolote Nature Center, Felicita Regional Park, Friends of Rose Canyon, Moro Bay State Park, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex, San Dieguito County Park, Cabela’s Sporting Goods, Seal Beach Wildlife Refuge, Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research, Dos Picos County Park, Turner’s Sporting Goods, Fish Market, Chula Vista Nature Center, Ocotillo Wells Desert District, Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Sycamore Canyon Preserve, Rias Shark Museum in Miyagi, Japan, and our work displayed in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and San Diego International Airport.

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WORLD RENOWNED TAXIDERMY

We service clients from all over the world including Mexico, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America

Services

We combine traditional taxidermy methods with the latest technology to produce the most lifelike trophies imaginable. We are also hunting and fishing consultants and can assist you in planning a trip anywhere in the world - from Alaska to Zimbabwe.

FISH MOUNTS

Whether you catch and release your fish or eat it, you can still enjoy the lasting memory of your catch by having a fish mount made from one of our hundreds of existing fish molds. With measurements and photos of your fish, we can furnish you with a beautiful fish mount. By using one of our molds, you eliminate the casting process and save money. To order a fish replica, measure the overall length of your fish from tip to tip. Also measure the girth or half girth at the biggest part of the belly. If a scale is available, weigh your fish and, if possible, take close-up photos of your fish. Your taxidermy fish mount will last a lifetime.

BIRD MOUNTS

In addition to big game taxidermy and fish mounts, we are experts in bird mounting. Lyons and O’Haver was chosen to do bird mounts for many of California’s state parks, including Anza Borrego, Torrey Pines, Cuyamaca Rancho, Mission Trails, etc. We have also done work for various colleges, and museums. Lyons and O’Haver has done bird mounts for the San Diego Natural History Museum, Sea World and the United States Navy. If your bird mounts are in need of cleaning or repair, we are able to provide the services of bird mount cleaning, bird mount repair, and bird mount restoration.

BIG GAME

The creation of an outstanding big game trophy requires careful handling from the beginning. Your freshly killed trophy should be kept out of the sun and it should be skinned immediately. The skin should then be frozen or salt dried. Let us know if you need instructions on how to skin an animal, especially if you need help with the more detailed areas such as the ears, nose, lips and eyes.

PREPARATION

Your freshly killed trophy should be kept out of the sun and it should be skinned immediately. The skin should then be frozen or salt dried. Let us know if you need instructions on how to skin an animal, especially if you need help with the more detailed areas such as the ears, nose, lips and eyes. After the skin is dried, it is professionally tanned to a high quality soft leather. We relax the skin, stretch it and then measure it to determine how big to make the mannequin. The mannequins or forms are made from high density polyurethane foam and are individually sculpted to fit the skin. We also alter the mannequin to create the pose that you request.

WE ARE FISH MOUNT EXPERTS

Our master craftsmen have produced over 15,000 fish mounts

Our Work

For over 50 years, Lyons and O'Haver Taxidermy has enjoyed a reputation of excellence among taxidermists. We offer a full range of taxidermy services, specializing in Fish Mounts, Bird Mounts, and Big Game Taxidermy. At Lyons and O'Haver Taxidermy, we combine traditional taxidermy methods with the latest technology to produce the most lifelike trophies imaginable. Take a look for yourself, browse our work below:

Lyons and O’Haver has clients throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Many of Lyons and O’Haver’s fish mounts are displayed in fine museums and sporting goods businesses, including Cabela’s and Turner’s. Be sure to check out the photo, in the gallery below, of the giant great white shark and whale sharks we mounted for the Rias Shark Museum in Miyagi, Japan. For over half a century, Lyons & O’Haver Taxidermy has been a pioneer in the field of fish taxidermy. In the 1950’s and 60’s, Lyons & O’Haver was chosen by the U.S. government to reproduce sharks and porpoises for the Bureau of Fisheries and the United States Navy. These exact replicas were used for scientific research. This was the begining of modern marine life reproduction. The creation of an exceptional fish mount can be achieved only through excellent craftsmanship, experience and artistic ability. As a family business with a second generation of artisans, we are committed to maintaining our high standard of excellence and guaranteed quality. Additionally, if your fish mounts are in need of cleaning or repair, we are able to provide the services of fish mount cleaning, fish mount repair, and fish mount restoration. We have all types of fish mounts for sale.

In addition to big game taxidermy and fish mounts, we are experts in bird mounting. Lyons and O’Haver was chosen to do bird mounts for many of California’s state parks, including Anza Borrego, Torrey Pines, Cuyamaca Rancho, Mission Trails, etc. We have also done work for various colleges, and museums. Lyons and O’Haver has done bird mounts for the San Diego Natural History Museum, Sea World and the United States Navy. If your bird mounts are in need of cleaning or repair, we are able to provide the services of bird mount cleaning, bird mount repair, and bird mount restoration. Be sure to see the quality of our bird taxidermy in the gallery below.

The creation of an outstanding big game trophy requires careful handling from the beginning. Your freshly killed trophy should be kept out of the sun and it should be skinned immediately. The skin should then be frozen or salt dried. Let us know if you need instructions on how to skin an animal, especially if you need help with the more detailed areas such as the ears, nose, lips and eyes.

The creation of an outstanding big game trophy requires careful handling from the beginning. Your freshly killed trophy should be kept out of the sun and it should be skinned immediately. The skin should then be frozen or salt dried. Let us know if you need instructions on how to skin an animal, especially if you need help with the more detailed areas such as the ears, nose, lips and eyes.

Lyons and O’Haver has clients throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Many of Lyons and O’Haver’s fish mounts are displayed in fine museums and sporting goods businesses, including Cabela’s and Turner’s. Be sure to check out the photos, in the gallery below:

The creation of an outstanding big game trophy requires careful handling from the beginning. Your freshly killed trophy should be kept out of the sun and it should be skinned immediately. The skin should then be frozen or salt dried. Let us know if you need instructions on how to skin an animal, especially if you need help with the more detailed areas such as the ears, nose, lips and eyes.

Hughie Lyons began painting at the age of six. His uncle, a prominent artist at the time, recognized his talent and gave him his first set of oil paints. At the age of nine, Hughie and his older brother, Charles, a fine watercolor artist, began trapping and hunting. This led Hughie into a career as a taxidermist. He began his apprenticeship at the age of fourteen. Later, while still an apprentice at the Huff Studios, he met the soon to be famous wildlife artist, David Hagerbaumer. He was inspired by him to pursue an art career. After struggling for several years, Hughie gave up painting and traveled the world as an acrobat

 

In the early 1970’s, Hughie took up the brushes again and has been painting ever since. His years as a taxidermist and his many hunting adventures throughout the world, including trips to Alaska, Mexico, and Africa, have given him in-depth knowledge of game and its habitat.

 

Hughie Lyons’ paintings capture the anatomical detail of each animal portrayed, while displaying them in an accurate recreation of their natural environment. His paintings have raised thousands of dollars for charitable organizations, including the Elks Foundation, the California Wildlife Association, Ducks Unlimited, and Safari Club International.

 

Hughie has collectors throughout the United States and Mexico. Galleries most recently representing Hughie’s work were, Journeys West Gallery in Solana Beach, California, and The Safari Gallery in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many of his original oils and acrylics, as well as Giclee prints on canvas, are available for sale through this website or Lyons and O’Haver’s showroom at 8180 Parkway Drive, La Mesa California.

LOCATED IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

A Reputation of Excellence Among Taxidermists

Contact

We service clients from all over the world, including Mexico, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America as well as from virtually every state in the U.S.A. We are also hunting and fishing consultants and can assist you in planning a trip anywhere in the world - from Alaska to Zimbabwe.


Contact Information

Phone: (619)697-3217
Fax: (619)463-1053
E-mail: lyonsandohaver@sbcglobal.net

 

Lyons and O’Haver Taxidermy
8180 Parkway Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942

 

 

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Shipping Information

At Lyons & O’Haver, we regularly receive raw trophies from all parts of the world. Most frequently they come from North & South America, Mexico, Africa & Asia. Contact us for shipping instructions prior to your hunting trip. We will provide you with copies of our permits which may be necessary to facilitate shipment. We are able to clear your trophies through U.S. Customs and U.S. Fish and Wildlife. We are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to receive game birds and waterfowl from anywhere in the world.To help you avoid losing any part of your shipment, we will furnish you with free plastic laminated waterproof shipping tags with your name on them for each individual trophy.

 

Skins for mounting should not be tanned before shipping them to us. Send all skins salted and dried with the fat and flesh removed. Skins should not be dried in the sun.

 

Import Instructions
Send copies of documents to Lyons and O’Haver via registered mail at our address below.

 

Necessary Documents:
1. Trophy List
2. Veterinary Certificate
3. Export Permit
4. Export or import CITIES Permit (if applicable)
5. Airway bill or ocean bill of lading.
For air shipments, documents should be securely attached to Air weigh bill. If this is not done, trophies might arrive before the paperwork that is required for clearance by U.S. Customs, Fish and wildlife and the Department of Agriculture.

 

ADDRESS SHIPMENTS AS FOLLOWS:
[HUNTER’S NAME HERE] LYONS & O’HAVER TAXIDERMY
C/O VICTOR HAHN-CUSTOMS BROKER
HAHN INTERNATIONAL
10926 La Cienega Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90304

 
Phone: (310) 216-6691
Fax: (310) 216-1681
Email: victor.hahn@hahnintl.com

 

All warthogs and other swine must be packaged separately.