Thompson Taxidermy Preserves Memories


April 20, 2024

Arctic Grizzly by Rick Thompson Taxidermy

by Laurel Latham

Located on Springsteel Island, Thompson Taxidermy is where many fishermen and hunters take their prized trophies to be preserved by full-time taxidermist Rick Thompson. Rick specializes in preserving hunting and fishing memories through creative, skillful, and professional taxidermy. His shop is in a tin building that he has covered in cedar to match the home he and his wife, Sara Jeanne, built on the lake shore, with the help of buddies Dan Carpenter and Tracy Wahl.

"My uncle, Kent Hanson, and I went halves on a small cabin in 1988," explained Rick. "I was working for Marvin,...

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