406 Processing & Taxidermy in Great Falls is run by a father and son duo. Brad Lencioni has been running the service for more than 30 years. For the past four years, his son Dylan has been at the helm, exceeding his father’s workload.
“We have people coming here every day to praise him and that makes me really proud,” Brad said.
His son Dylan is 27 years old. At a young age, he is well over the curve in his ability to preserve the efforts of hunters across the Treasure State.
“It’s nice to be around people who have just harvested an animal and are very proud of it. So you have a lot of happy people, it’s very rewarding,” said Dylan Lencioni.
“We take the animal they harvested and put it in packages that will feed their family for the rest of the year. And maybe even a European mount or a shoulder mount that they will probably have on their wall for the rest of their lives.”
Dylan is the main character, but as you enter his facility there are 10 other faces that make up the appeal.
Chad Gibney is one of those faces. He spent four years in federal prison. After his release, employment was few and far between. A man who has served his time and is paying the price for what society calls a “criminal.”
Gibney doesn’t look any different from everyone else, just worried about feeding his family and grateful for the opportunity.
“A lot of people aren’t willing to take chances with people like me. He was willing to take that chance…For me as an individual, for him to take this big step to help me, I go beyond words to express my gratitude to him,” Gibney shared.
People are the backbone of 406 Processing & Taxidermy. Seeing the smile on the faces of someone who has killed their trophy animal or educating the youth about the sport of hunting.
Caleb is a boy who came in with his younger brother and father. They put in many hours when I managed to get guys a buck this year, “If you hunt and put in the work and you can have the prize at the end.”
“That’s the reward,” said Lencioni. “And to be able to support his family, put the meat in service to feed the family all year round and we will build a European mound on top of that. So he can watch it or have it and show it to all his friends for a while.”
Dylan’s father, Brad, has watched his son grow over the past four years that he’s taken over the trade.
“In the first year he basically outgrew my taxidermy part, which was absolutely way beyond anything we anticipated. I had to move back to my shop and luckily again to do the prep work. So, I mean, we have people coming in here every day and giving praise, and that makes me really proud.” Told the family’s patriarch.
406 Processing & Taxidermy was named a finalist for Best Meat/Game Processing and a winner for Best Taxidermy by Distinctly Montana Magazine.
One of Montana’s oldest pastimes, bringing out the good in others.