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July 22, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

CEARFOSS - It's not the time of year most people think about hunting, but you wouldn't know that at Fairview Wildlife Studio at Eby's Lawn & Garden. The taxidermy shop is swamped with work.

We're not just talking about whitetail deer and black bears. There are boxes of African antelope hides from wildebeests, steinboks, waterbucks, impalas, red hartebeests and kudus with large twisted horns. Taxidermist Wayne Smith expects Fairview, west of Cearfoss, to mount 150 to 200 pieces this year.

As a representative for Outdoor Connections, Fairview books hunting and fishing trips for people across the country and often ends up with the resulting hides and horns to mount, said Smith, of Maugansville.

So in addition to deer, black bears, turkeys, coyotes and foxes from local hunters, Fairview has lots of hides from African safaris to mount.

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They have so much business, they tell customers to expect at least a one-year wait, a delay that is fairly normal in the industry, Smith said.

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