What began as a hobby for Minden resident Jeremy Eckhardt eventually became his career.
Eckhardt owns Cottonwood Creek Taxidermy, located one and a half miles north of Holstein, and he makes a living off of recreating the prized game of area hunters and fishermen.
A lifelong hunter himself, Eckhardt first began trying to preserve animals at the age of twelve, working on squirrels and pheasants. Then, when he decided to pursue taxidermy after high school, he and his parents researched potential schools. They decided on the Second Nature School of Taxidermy out of Missoula, Montana.
However, even after several years of practicing the art, he found that the courses provided a lot of new insight.
“I knew a little bit when I went up there, but I didn’t know very much, as it turned out,” Eckhardt explained.
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