My name is Mike Burnett and I am 52 years old. Growing up and spending my entire life in the Southwest Louisiana area, I have always loved the outdoors. I have had the opportunity to work as a professional duck hunting guide as well as compete in many local bass fishing tournaments. I have been fortunate enough to have shot all of the waterfowl common to this area, shot geese in Canada, deer hunted in TX, LA, and AR, caught bass over 12 lbs and speckled trout over 7 lbs.; most of which now hang as trophies in my house. I first got interested in taxidermy as a teenager and shortly after Steve began his storied career over 35 years ago.
I first met Steve when he was working out of his home and Josh hadn’t even been thought about yet. We formed a lifelong friendship that has led me to become an employee of Steve German’s Taxidermy Art. I have been working with Steve and Josh for about 3 years now. My full time job is as a Top Operator with Sasol Chemical Company in Westlake, but on all of my days off, I can be found at the taxidermy shop. My duties there include dealing with customers’ incoming and completed mounts, skinning and prepping skins for the tannery, measuring animals to insure that the finished mount conforms exactly to what the customer brought in, assisting in putting the mounts and habitats together, and I am also skilled with carpentry, so I build all of the custom habitat bases and pedestals for those that prefer a mount that looks like “ a piece of furniture”.
Steve German’s Taxidermy Art is a place where memories are made, stories are told, and quality work is demanded on each and every mount that goes out the door and I am proud to be part of the team.