Hill Country Deer Processing & Taxidermy (HCDP) is Gillespie County’s oldest and largest custom deer and exotic animal processor. We provide hunters with a “one-stop-shop” wherein they can get their deer professionally processed and mounted by an in-house taxidermist with years of experience. We are conveniently located one mile North of the Fredericksburg Post Office at 2162 US Highway 87 (Mason Hwy).
Hill Country Deer Processing offers fine quality Hide Tanning and Taxidermy services.
We specialize in European and Shoulder Mounts mounted on rough-out, finished Mesquite or Aromatic Cedar wood finished hardwood plaques. We are also the local distributors for a new product called “Buck Stumps”. Buck Stumps are a “desk” mount that attaches your trophy to a 10 pound marble base with an inscription.
Gillespie County has the highest per capita deer population in the US with six deer for every person. The overpopulation of deer and the land management issues facing the hill country have become factors in determining how we at HCDP perceive industry changes. Therefore, we offer a diverse array of services to facilitate not only hunting but growing healthy stock, habitat management, tax exemption counseling, custom meat processing (Sausage/Jerky), hide tanning and taxidermy. We are available year round for your custom processing needs and suggest that you call for an appointment before your harvest so that we can staff accordingly.
White tail deer are considered to be the property of the State and all harvests are controlled, regulated and encouraged by State officials who are aware of the over-population problem with this indigeous spieces.
Some may best know the Hill Country as the Deer Factory of Texas as it supports the largest white-tailed deer population in the state. Although deer hunting is a major industry in this region, the area where Mason, Gillespie, Kerr and Llano counties converge supports the highest deer density in the nation, with one deer for every 2 to 3 acres. Several species of exotic deer and antelope, such as Axis and Black Buck, also range freely throughout much of the central and western plateau and are very prolific.
Deer densities of this magnitude are denuding rangelands. A single-species approach to wildlife management also has led to largescale landscape changes in the Hill Country. The expansion of Ashe juniper has has a tremendous impact on the ecosystem, causing decrease in plant species diversity and an increase in soil erosion. Cedar breaks lose significant amount of precipitation through transpiration and overland flow, leaving much less water for aquifer recharge.
While overgrazing and fire suppression have contributed to the invasion of upland sites, subsequent protection of Ashe juniper (for endangered wildlife) has compounded the problem. As the groundwater resources are being depleted, associated fauna is threatened.