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A trophy, like any organic matter, can come accompanied by some unwelcome guests. "I have bought a few pieces of taxidermy and they destroyed my life," author Rachel Poliquin tells us. "They came into my house with skin beetles and destroyed a thousand dollars worth of sweaters."

How do you avoid the same fate? It's not that hard. "Really feel the taxidermy before you buy it," Poliquin says. "The beetle larvae munch along the skin at the base of the hair. If you feel the taxidermy and large clumps of hair are coming off, run for the hills."