Thursday, January 18th

Some hunts are just special, which is why many people in the area turn to a taxidermist like Jon Beck of Hixton Ridge Taxidermy in Hixton to commemorate the hunt...and maybe so they can brag a little.

Beck is currently preparing for bear season, which will usually bring in about 30 bears every year for his shop.

“Bear season starts [Wednesday] so I’ll for sure be skinning bears tomorrow night,” Beck said.

The numbers always differ year to year and depend on when the season actually opens, but it’s rarely slow for Beck.

While the bear numbers are nice, it’s nothing compared to the deer season for Beck.

“I usually do about 100 buck heads a year,” Beck said.