2018 Louisiana State Fish Champion
Welcome to Gulf State Taxidermy and Wildlife Artistry, I appreciate your visit. I specialize in all game. Each mount receives my personal attention and I take pride in producing competition quality mounts in every specimen. My shop is perfectly situated in between North and Central Louisiana and is convenient to Monroe, Shreveport and Alexandria/Pineville. I use the highest quality materials and latest techniques available to ensure quality mounts that will last a lifetime. I look forward to serving you and appreciate the opportunity to bring your game back to life.
Bubba & Ashley Zettlemoyer
Brendan “Bubba” Botts is a Louisiana native and taxidermist since 1999. He was raised on a farm in Iberia Parish where his grandfather taught him not only the value of hard work but inspired a lifelong love of the outdoors. Taxidermy was a lifelong dream born in the marshes swamps of south Louisiana. His diverse experiences have allowed him to fish and pursue game on several continents. In 1999 Bubba began his career by tanning a small rabbit skin. This was soon followed by a whitetail harvested in Texas. An avid outdoorsman, before taking any work from customers he honed and perfected his technique on animals he personally harvested. He studied photographs from game cameras and of fish he personally caught to provide the intricate lifelike details incorporated into his mounts. Bubba’s portfolio includes African game, North and Central American game including Bison, Elk, Whitetail deer, Mule deer and Ram, Fresh and Salt water fish including replicas. His work has won several awards and has been published in multiple periodical publications. His work is of the utmost quality and animals are always returned in a reasonable amount of time. Gulf State Taxidermy is the premier choice for fish and game head taxidermy in Louisiana and around the world.
I’d like to thank ya’ll for visiting our website. I appreciate your business. As a fellow hunter and angler I am also very aware that these mounts are more than just an animal, they are your trophies and I will treat them as if they were my own. See ya’ll in the shop! Happy Hunting
Ashley Zettlemoyer is a taxidermist from the mountain state of West Virginia. Her outdoorsman nature was instilled in her by her father at a young age, learning to fish when she was just 4, sparked a lifelong passion. She learned to fish, hunt and trap with her father. She started working as a shop hand and slowly made her way up the ladder. Upon seeking further information in her field stumbled across Brendan Botts a Louisiana taxidermist. It was a match made in heaven. After a short while the pair decided to partner up. She packed her bags and left her home to pursue both her loves. Since then she has significantly advanced onto the competition scene in 2014 at the Louisiana taxidermy convention, Leaving with two first place ribbons and the prestigious Walnut Creek award for her custom built habitat. There is no mount too big or small for this little lady. She cares about each and every mount that comes through those shop doors. She has an eye for detail that ensures quality. Gulf State Taxidermy will serve all your taxidermy needs.
We are a full time full service shop with over 20 years combined experience in wildlife artistry.
2012 Whitetail Deer first place
2013 Whitetail Deer first place
2013 LM Bass with water habitat first place
2013 Redfish first place
2013 Bluegill first place
2014 Whitetail Deer first place
2014 Sacalait first place
2014 Bluegill with water habitat first place
2014 Best in show reproduction
2014 Best in category Fish
2014 LA travelers cup award for best in show
2014 Starfish award for best reproduction in show
2014 Open Mouth Coyote with rock habitat, first place
2014 Walnut Creek Award for best habitat.
2015 Best of category fish masters division
2015 Best in show fish
2015 Starfish award
2015 Best reproduction
2015 Mckenzie peoples choice award fish
2015 Polytranspar award
2016 Best of category fish masters division
2016 Best reproduction
2016 Mckenzie people's choice award fish
2016 Van Dykes award for most original presentation
2016 Polytranspar award
2016 Best reproduction
2016 Best in show
2017 Best of category reproduction fish ( blue marlin)
2017 Louisiana State Award of excellence Fish
2017 Polytranspar award
2017 Best habitat award Masters division
2017 first place masters division fish.
2017 Louisiana fish champion
2017 best of category reproduction ( flying fish)
2018 Best of Masters reproduction fish
2018 Best of Masters skin mount fish
2018 Best of professional skin mount fish
2018 McKenzie people's choice award for best in show fish
2018 Polytranspar award
2018 SK award for best in show
2013-2018 Louisiana State Fish ChampioN
2019 Louisiana State Fish Champion Ice Fishing Scene
McKenzie Peoples Choice Award for Best Fish
First Place Masters Division
Louisiana Best Habitat Award.
Best of Category Fish
2019 Peoples Choice Award MSTA
2019 Van Dykes Most Creative Award MSTA
Artisan Award for Crawish Platter MSTA
Best of Category Professional Shellfish MSTA
Best Fish MSTA