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