Monday, August 12, 2013

Product Review: Wildlife Tags

As a young boy, I would stare in awe at my dad's whitetail racks mounted on the wall and wonder what the story was behind each one. My dad certainly knew each an every one, but he began to amass quite a trophy wall of antlers and I couldn't keep up! How great would it be to have some of the history of each hunt right on the mount? What about my own mounts and trophies? That's where the craftsmanship and skill behind the folks at Wildlife Tag come in.

We are a small company that creates quality leather tags to help remind you of your best days in the woods.

Wildlife Tag is owned by leather craftsman Andrew Becker. You tell him what you want on your leather tag and he crafts it to your needs.  In return, you get a custom, leather tag created with the details you want to preserve. All of the material and craftsmanship is from right here in the U.S.A.

Like my dad's trophy wall, I realized my trophy wall has been growing over the years and while I can remember most of them, there are one or two I can't quite place. It would be helpful to have something on each one to tell the story. With the ones that I do remember, it will be great to include a history of the hunt like when it took place, where, and how.

The art of leather crafting has been around for centuries and we plan to carry on the tradition. While we use some modern techniques to etch our designs, we still hand pick our leather from a local leather shop, hand stain every tag and work one-on-one with our customers to ensure we meet their needs.

With my 2012 Colorado Bull Elk mount hanging on my wall, I wanted to capture the main details of the hunt on a Wildlife Tag. Not only would it help me remember, but if anyone came over to visit they could read it for themselves. I contacted Andrew and he said he could definitely help me out. He also mentioned that not only does he create a tag look, but can also cut the leather in the shape of the state I wanted, so I opted for Colorado.

My Wildlife Tags arrived a couple weeks after I ordered them and Andrew went above and beyond what I expected! As I opened the box, the warm aroma of leather drifted out. Inside were three examples of what Wildlife Tag can create. The first was a 3"x2" tag, the second a 4"x3" tag, and the third a tag in the shape of Colorado. All three are extremely well crafted and shipped with the utmost care. I tried all three on my elk mount and I have to say that I really like all of them! I think the 4"x3" looks the best because of the size of the rack and it adds to the beauty of the mount.

Andrew included some wire hanger in case I didn't like the leather straps to hang the tag. I found that the wire slipped down the antlers far too often and didn't look as nice. The leather straps anchored easily, looked great and look classy and rugged.

The prices for each Wildlife Tag are very reasonable. The 3"x2" retails for $9.99, and both the 4"x3" and custom tag for $14.99. Wildlife Tag donates one dollar ($1) of each tag purchase to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry in support. What a great way to give back to the community! For a beautiful way to remember the hunt for each of your trophies, Wildlife Tag is a great way to do it. I will be using Wildlife Tag in the future for sure.

Follow Wildlife Tag on Facebook and Twitter to keep informed on updates and new items. 

1 comment:

  1. These are a great idea, and they look great.