In 1977 at the age of 12, Bill caught a trophy six-pound
largemouth bass. When he discovered that it was going to
cost $3.00 per linear inch to have the trophy fish mounted,
he decided to learn the art of taxidermy himself. Like many
other taxidermists, he sent for the mail order course from
Northwestern School of Taxidermy. Within just a short time,
Bill realized that taxidermy was the ultimate way to express
both his artistic ability and love for wildlife.
At the age of 15, he went to work for Jim Pope, an accomplished
fish and mammal taxidermist in his hometown of Haines City,
FL. After four years of knowledgeable training with Jim,
Bill started his own taxidermy business in Winter Haven,
Florida. Along with his full-service retail business, Bill
also provided a wholesale taxidermy service to several other
taxidermists in Polk County, FL., and became well known
for his unique ability in fleshing and mounting Wild Boar.
At the age of 23, a major change took place in Bill's life
as he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. With
the same passion that he'd found in taxidermy, Bill also
discovered a love for studying and teaching God's Word-the
Bible. Transitioning in taxidermy from full-time to part-time,
Bill returned to college to earn Associate's, Bachelor's,
and Master's degrees in Tennessee and Michigan Universities.
During the course of his studies Bill provided wholesale
taxidermy service for over a dozen taxidermy studios throughout
Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Michigan.
This vast experience with so many different taxidermists
gave Bill a wealth of knowledge in both the art and business
Upon graduation from Seminary in 1997, Bill served as an
associate and senior pastor in Orlando, FL for seven years
and was formally ordained in August of 2001. In August of
2004, Bill started a not-for-profit ministry resource company
called Spirit and Truth, Inc. as a means to develop Bible
Study, Leadership, and Christian Counseling resources for
churches and individuals. This move also provided Bill the
opportunity to return to serving sportsmen and women through
the art of taxidermy.
From 2005 to 2013, Bill provided taxidermy service in the Central Florida area through
Back to Life Taxidermy, a full service taxidermy studio located
in Orlando, Florida. His wildlife art has been displayed in Bass Pro Shop's Outdoor World (Orlando, FL),
Dick's Sporting Goods (Waterford Lakes, FL), and Bitters Bait & Tackle (Longwood,FL).
You may also have seen his displays at the various Hunting and Fishing
Classics at Bass Pro Shop (Orlando, FL), Safari Club International's
annual Orlando chapter fundraiser, Southern Outdoors' Whitetail
"Big Buck" Expo (Lakeland, FL), Stillwater Christian
Center Annual Game Dinner (Haines City, FL) and Starlight
Baptist Game Dinner (Winter Springs, FL).
In January 2014, Bill and his family relocated to Libby, Montana
for advanced training in lifesize mammal taxidermy under world reknowned mammal
taxidermist Philip Soucy.
Bill is committed to providing clients of Back to Life Taxidermy
with quality trophies at optimum turn-around time.