By Diane DeHamer
Troy Smith, owner of Authentic Taxidermy at 3575 N. Highway 89, in Chino Valley is one of the most talented taxidermists in the Tri-City area.
"I have been in taxidermy since 1985," Troy said.
Troy has many impressive mounts in his shop and always thinks of unique ways to make the animals appear like they are still part of nature.
"I have mounted everything from a small gray squirrel to a life-size New Zealand Red Stag. I love the aspect that I can be creative in this work," said Troy.
Troy stays very busy in his taxidermy business and during hunting season is available seven days a week. His normal hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 636-2225.