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Kurt Hergenrother
3785 N. Hergenrother Rd
Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

Phone 217-801-2848

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Creative Whitetails Testimonials

We were first introduced to Kurt from Creative Whitetails by our son, Kaleb. We decided to have Kurt mount our biggest deer from 2011, Flyer ,Booner 9x8, and Kaleb's 190". Kalebs recommendation was spot on when we received the final product. This guy is a world class whitetail taxidermist. His turnaround was exceptionally fast and high quality work. Kaleb's buck had to have two tines repaired and Kurt did a spectacular job at that too. Would highly recommend Creative Whitetails to anyone wanting a high quality mount. Thank you Kurt for everything!

Don and Kandi Kisky
Whitetail Freaks TV



I brought Kurt at Creative Whitetails a deer to be remounted that was literally butchered by another taxidermist. Kurt managed to salvage this deer and through his creativeness and artistry, made the deer come alive with the mount! Thanks Kurt!

Jon and Gina Brunson
Addicted To The Outdoors TV



Kurt Hergenrother of Creative Whitetails Taxidermy recently completed two trophy deer mounts for my collection. I was very impressed with his professionalism and craftsmanship. Kurt was quite helpful in selecting the right poses for each deer and kept me appraised of the progress of my order. I have been extremely pleased with the final results. They look like they just stepped out of the woods and are striking and life-like. I highly recommend Kurt's work as a taxidermist.

Terry Wunderle
Outdoor Writer &
Professional Archery Coach



I just wanted to express my appreciation for the incredible job you did on the buck I harvested this past fall in Illinois! I've been blessed to be able to travel all over the country hunting & one of the toughest challenges after harvesting an animal is the decision whether to pay the added expense of getting the trophy home or trusting it to a taxidermist who you may not be familiar with... needless to say I've found my new taxidermist for the Midwest! Awesome work, Great price & Quick turnaround.
Thanks Again!

Chris Ramsey
Pro Staff



Kurt does great work. I can�t say enough good things about the quality workmanship. He�s also a great guy, remembers you every time you call or walk in the door.

Joe Phillips



Anything I shoot will go to Kurt and that's a promise he does awesome work i took a picture of my deer the day I killed it and the day I received my mount I looked at both side by side and you can not tell a bit of difference. He is the best around and one of the nicest guys you will meet.

Skyler Bacon



Kurt does amazing work. You are not just a customer to Kurt when you bring your trophy to him. You become friends for life. Great person all around.

Michael Sweet



Kurt has done all my bucks they are amazing the only place for me.

Rick Sherren



Amazing job and I can't wait to take more trophies to him.

Mat Siebert



All I can say is WOW!!! The attention to detail is amazing! Kurt took a truly wide and tall typical deer and made it look even wider and taller! I have had other taxidermists do mounts for me,, but there is truly no comparison.... Creative Whitetails is the best!

Thanks Kurt!
Lifelong customer,
Steve Kuntzman
Mt. Auburn, IL



Thanks Kurt for mounting my Iowa buck. I've seen alot of taxidermy work through out the Midwest and I must say your work is the best I've seen. I look forward to being in your shop with another big whitetail.

Kaleb Kisky
Whitetail Freaks



You are the man!!! I took the biggest deer of my life this past October and took it straight to Creative Whitetails Taxidermy. The mounts in Kurts display room were phenomenal and I knew he was going to get my business. Kurt sent me pics throughout the process of mounting my deer and had it back to me in record time. It is amazing what this man can do with a whitetail deer. I live in Alabama and when the deer arrived, I was thrilled and a very satisfied customer. I get compliments every day on my mount and hope to be in Kurts shop again this fall!!!

Thanks again,
Mark Shoemaker
Montgomery, Alabama



In 2008 I traveled by truck from New Jersey to hunt in Illinois and scored on the first day of my hunt with a great 140" 8-pointer. The buck was loaded up for the 900 mile drive home, but when it was delivered to a local taxidermist, the cape was spoiled. I spent weeks and $170 extra to locate another cape large enough to match my Illinois buck's size. In 2009, not only did I connect again, but 3 of the other 4 guys in my group also took great bucks. We did not want to make the same mistake as before, so our local guide referred Kurt at Creative Whitetails Taxidermy. Kurt spent time with each of us individually, and after looking over his work, we all felt very comfortable and selected several different mounting styles. We received our deer shipped in sturdy wood-framed boxes, and Kurt's work was excellent! With Kurt's quality and attention to detail we have no reason to ever truck our Illinois deer home again.

Dave Hemple
Bridgeton, NJ



As always this year's Illinois buck looks phenominal. Once again I say you've outdone yourself. When friends or family walk into my game room, they always gravitate toward the work you've done for me. Whether it's the Wyoming elk or the three Illinois whitetails, certain comments are consistant throughout, "awesome, they look alive, attention to details is remarkable." Hopefully this year will be as rewarding in the timber as years past, and I'll be bringing more business your way.
Thanks again!

Brad Cummings
Paint Lick, KY
Eldred, PA



I have used several�good taxidermists in the last few years in the hopes of finding a great one.� My search is now over, I will be taking all my mounts to Kurt, his work is truly exceptional.� My whitetail is a work of art, the eyes are phenominal and he looks like he is still trying to find that doe!

Thanks Kurt - hope to see you in the fall.

Jerry Westfall
Rochester, Illinois



Call Creative Whitetails Taxidermy at 217-801-2848.

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