Frank Entsminger
ALASKA WILDLIFE ARTIST
     
Alaska w
ildlife bronze art available for sale

 

Miniature Bronze Antler and Horn Art Series

 

Snag River Moose

 

"Snag River Moose Kill"
LIMITED EDITION OF 150
(OVER 100 SOLD)

During a 1980 trip in the Snag River area of Alaska, Frank and Sue came across this large and unusual set of moose antlers.  The bull quite apparently had met its fate the previous fall or early winter.  Wolves appeared to have been the most likely cause of its death.  However, a grizzly or even a fierce battle during the rut may have killed it.  Judging from its antlers, the moose appeared to be just past its prime it had very large bases and several abnormal points.  Pine squirrels and porcupines had already eaten away a substantial portion of its antler material but even so 32 points still remained and it measured 67 inches at the greatest spread.  In this miniature bronze, Entsminger tried to duplicate the appearance of this magnificent creature's antlers during its last days.  The "Snag River Moose Kill" miniature bronze is the first of a the Alaska horn and antler series.

 

Delta Bull Caribou

 

"Delta Bull Caribou"
LIMITED EDITION OF 150
(OVER 90 SOLD)

This caribou antler is the second miniature bronze in a series of Alaska horn & antlers by Frank Entsminger. The piece represents the antler potential of bull caribou in the Delta Herd. The Delta Herd grew rapidly after each of the two effective wolf control programs and each timer grew beautiful trophy bulls. In 1954, wolves were numerous and caribou scarce when the US Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a predator control program. The result was an increase in numbers of Delta Caribou. In 1960, wolf control ceased. Increased hunting pressure and increased wolf predation caused the herd to dwindle. Hunting was closed in 1973, but the herd continued to decline until 1976 when the state of Alaska began the second predator control program. The herd rapidly increased, and in 1980, hunting was reopened by bull permit only. This sculpture depicts the bull taken by Frank in 1982 and is representative of the large number of trophy bulls taken after the population increase and the seven year closure. Unfortunately, trophies did not last. In 1983, the public requested maximum use of the caribou herd. Since that time, majestic trophy bulls have become scarce. However, the Delta Caribou Herd remains very healthy with many young bulls. This sculpture not only represents the bull itself but the end of an era when large numbers of Delta Caribou trophy class bulls roamed the hills. Frank Entsminger is a sculptor taxidermist who has roamed Alaska's wild places and studied her creations since 1962. Entsminger has worked in bronze media since 1976. Entsminger has several sold out editions of Alaska's big game animals! Other big game animals are available. "Delta Bull Caribou" was finished summer '88. For more information on Frank's limited edition bronzes call (907) 883-2833.

 

Tok Management Area Ram

 

"TMA Ram"
LIMITED EDITION OF 150
(OVER 96 SOLD)

The first special use area for trophy management of Dall sheep was adopted by the Alaska State Game Board in the spring of 1974. This was the first attempt by the state of Alaska at such an endeavor so implementing what is now referred to as the Tok Management Area (TMA), was initiated with a certain degree of uncertainty; however, with positive goals in mind, the majority of the people who would be impacted by the change supported the concept. As hoped, the program has been a big success over the years, annually producing some outstanding trophy quality animals. The only draw back of the program, as you may have guessed, is the difficulty in drawing a permit in which to hunt these sheep. The state of a Alaska holds a permit drawing each year with hopeful hunters chances one in ten at being drawn. Once successful, one must wait four years to apply again. My home is nestled in the Eastern Alaskan Range just outside the TMA boundary. My wife and I feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful location. We see a good many of the TMA rams while they cope with the day to day elements of survival. Observing and photographing these sheep has become a part of our lives. Late one fall, we noticed this one particular ram that sported a unique set of heart shaped horns. Unlike members of the deer family that shed their antlers each year, sheep retain their horns for life. After each complete growing season, another section of horn growth or annual ring is added to their horn mass.This ram was big and beautiful when we first saw him. Four years later, after finally acquiring a permit for hunting, he had grown to outstanding. The hunt or, I should say, hunts that followed to track down and nail this magnificent ram produced unforgettable stories in themselves. Life threatening experiences with my wife and step-son stopped the first attempt. Finally with a good friend, we accomplished the quest of the unique old ram. He was fourteen years old, the oldest I have ever taken in my 27 years of sheep hunting and doubtful that he would have survived another winter. His spectacular curl measured 42" plus. His beauty and difficulty in obtaining make him one of my most prized possessions. This "TMA Ram" skull depicts a miniature of the old boy, the third in a series of seven miniature bronze horns and antlers of Alaskan Wildlife that I have been sculpting.

 

Old Joe Delta Bison

 

"Old Joe"
Delta Bison
LIMITED EDITION OF 150
(OVER 50 SOLD)

In 1928, 23 plains bison were transplanted from the National Boson Range in Moiese, Montana to the Delta River south of Delta Junction, Alaska.  The area supported abundant native forage affording the small herd to steadily increase.  By 1950, the first hunting season was established to limit the herd growth. 
The herd is presently managed at 350 animals pre calving due to limited range plus the impacts to the agricultural business north of the bison range.  Approximately 100 animals are taken each year.  For the opportunity to hunt one of these unique big game animals, interested hunters must first apply to Alaska Department of Fish and Game's drawing permit applications issued each spring.  Successful applicants are notified early July.  Each successful applicant is given a block of hunt time October through March.  My good friend, Bob Wiese from Cordova, Alaska, became a lucky hunter when he drew a permit for an October hunt.  I accompanied him on the hunt which resulted in taking an extremely large bull which qualified for the Boone and Crockett Club.  The massive beast was huge, the largest animal I've ever personally witnessed in assisting to skin and butcher.  Bull moose are big but there is no comparison to mature bison bull.  Bob's bison weighed right at 2000 pounds, a genuine "Old Joe".   I sculpted this bison skull in the image of Bob's "Old Joe".  A limited edition of 150, this piece is the fourth miniature of Alaska horns and antlers I have completed.  The skull represents these unique animals.

 

Alaska Outdoor Council Belt Buckle

 

Bronze Belt Buckle
BY FRANK ENTSMINGER FOR THE ALASKA OUTDOOR COUNCIL
ARTIST PROOF LIMITED EDITION OF 150
(OVER 110 SOLD)

Frank worked up the Alaska Outdoor Council logo of a goose flying over a mountain for the Alaska Statewide hunting and outdoor organization.  Frank's natural rendition of a modern art logo comes forth in this buckle.  Frank is selling 150 AP and AOC is selling serial numbered buckles.  

 

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Frank Entsminger
Alaska Wildlife Bronze Artist
HC 72 Box 800
Tok, Alaska 99780

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