Derby wildlife artist John Parsons continues to excel

John Parsons, who got into taxidermy after a hunting accident left him with a broken spine, continues to place bronze sculptures in high-profile places.

Over the weekend Parsons, of Derby, announced a larger than life monument of a fly fisherman landing a trout at a new Cabela’s in Union Gap, Washington.

This larger than life sculpture is one of John Parsons' most reent works. It sits at A Cabela's in Washington.

Parsons has placed numerous wildlife sculptures at Gander Mountain and Cabela’s stores around the country. A statue of several whitetail bucks sits directly across from the Gander Mountain store in downtown Wichita.

In addition to life-sized works, Parsons has done smaller projects, including some he donated to the Wichita-based Pass It On-Outdoors Mentors program. Auctioned at Pheasants Forever banquets, those bronzes have annually raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the groups for several years.