Testimonials and Newsworthy Notes



Rick working with Bill Winke on a recent project
More details on it can be viewed on Midwestwhitetail.com


Rick's son Lane shot this buck on the opening day of youth season. Notice the strand of dried velvet hanging.


Bill Winke with his 2005 bowkill , you can see this hunt on "Realtree Monster Bucks XIV."


Bill Jordan and Rick with the mount Rick did of Jordan's Montana Whitetail as seen on Realtree's Monster Bucks XIII

2005 Family Success


Ricks oldest son Lane, age 10, shot his first turkey this spring.


Rick with his November bowkill.


Lovstuen Buck


Rick was honored with the opportunity to do the taxidermy work on the new World Record Lovstuen buck for the cover photos in North American Whitetail, Iowa Game and Fish and the newly released book about the deer.



Larry Zach - 2004



Larry Zach has had a great season so far with a 200" muley and a 170" whitetail. Watch for upcoming photos of the finished mounts.

Outdoor Writer Bill Winke with a blind eye whitetail



"Iíve used a number of taxidermists through the years - many of
them award winners. The best so far has been Rick Whitaker.
His mounts have a special touch of realism that makes them prized
additions to my trophy room. He does a first-class job on every
mount for every customer. Itís the best Iíve seen."

-Bill Winke


Chris Lane - Iowa Whitetail.com



"If your looking for a high quality taxidermist to mount your trophy buck this year look no further than Rick Whitaker. Rick has provided me with personalized service, an outstandingly high quality mount within a very reasonable time frame . . . take it from me, your trophy deserves the best so use one of the best like Rick or you might be sorry."
-Chris Lane

The Mathes Buck - IowaWhitetail.com Logo


Rick also mounted this 200+ Iowa Deer taken by Boyd Mathes. The profile of this buck was chosen to be the official logo for IowaWhitetail.com
This deer can be seen at Boyd's shop - Buck Hollow Sports - check out his website for more info at BuckHollowSports.com


Wildlife Artist Larry Zach with his 2003 Whitetail Archery Trophy

"As a wildlife artist specializing in whitetail deer I am extremely particular about the quality of the taxidermy I have done.
There are only a select few taxidermists to whom I take my work. Rick Whitaker is one of those.
He has the eye of an artist and is dedicated to doing a top quality job. I think you will be as pleased as I have been with his work."
-Larry Zach

Bill Jordan



Rick meets up with Bill Jordon of Team Realtree to check in Bill's 2003 Iowa archery trophy whitetail for Rick to mount.
Watch Bill harvest this fine specimen on the new Monster Bucks XII Volume 2 (Available on VHS or DVD).




John Anderson - Knight Rifles Invitational Hunt


This 160 class buck was shot by John Anderson, country singer and avid deer hunter, while in Iowa on a Knight Rifles hunt in December 2003. It is his largest deer to date with quite a story to match.



Locked Horns Mounted Together


These locked bucks were found in the Centerville city park. At the time the upper deer was dead and the lower was still alive, but had no chance of survival. They are now on display for the public to see at Sharons Bluff State Park in Appanoose county.