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Happy New Year from NTA! As a continuation of last week's top 10 most accessed articles in 2014, here's the next 10 for your reading pleasure. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.
How to pull of the most complex taxidermy of all time
From Sept. 25: The American Museum of Natural History recently took the wraps off its newest main attraction: Lonesome George. Lonesome George is the world-famous giant tortoise native to the Galapagos. He passed on in 2012 of natural causes. This set in motion the process to preserve George through the most complex and intricate taxidermy ever attempted — from a species of one.
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Whitetail deer field care: New video educates customers
From Oct. 1: One of the biggest problems caused by taxidermy clients is mishandling of specimens in the field, including sportsmen who make improper cuts on antlered game. For decades, taxidermists have tried to educate their customers on the importance of proper field care. But even with all of this information readily available, each year at least one hunter inevitably will bring in a trophy with the skin cut too short to produce a quality mount. McKenzie this year is releasing an educational video for taxidermists to continue the push to educate clients.
Shooting tips: 8 keys to hit more coyotes
From Jan. 8: Coyotes can be one of the toughest challenges for a rifleman. They are relatively small targets, they're constantly on the move, and their keen eyesight usually keeps them at a long range from the gun. But, with these eight tips, you'll hit more coyotes this winter.
Taxidermy bill would eliminate interstate game tags, affidavits
From March 5: Before drying out a hide or staining antlers, taxidermist Scott Guenther makes hunters sign an affidavit. In it, they promise that they've truthfully described the animal, any markings it may have, the date and location of the kill, the date it was taken to the taxidermist's shop, and the hunter's name and address. The paperwork is expensive and full of duplication, said Guenther, who owns Gunner's Taxidermy outside of Casper, Wyo.
Exotic wildlife ranch caught with illegal taxidermy in stolen ATV probe
An investigation into a Hughes County exotic wildlife ranch for stolen all-terrain vehicles allegedly turned up a zoo of state and federal violations, including illegal taxidermy and controlled narcotics.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry in a news release stated that Triple S Wildlife Ranch and Resort in Calvin may face a number of state and federal charges after investigators combed the 3,000-acre property, uncovering several stolen ATVs, two stolen tractors, controlled narcotics and mounted animals illegal to have or sell in the state.
Guess what they found in record-setting Stokes Gator's stomach; taxidermist reveals all
From Sept. 4: Ken Owens has skinned and mounted an untold number of wild animals at his Autaugaville taxidermy shop. Recently, he put his knife to what is believed to be a world-record alligator killed on the Alabama River during this year's state gator hunt.
New exhibit explores taxidermy, animal bodies in fine art
From June 13: Using stuffed animals in art isn't a new technique — 19th century ornithology expert John James Audubon was also an accomplished taxidermist, and he drew many of his iconic birds of America from his own models posed in the field. But the artists in Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft's new exhibit "Second Life" are taking the repurposing of bio-materials to a new level.
Record gator taxidermist talks about the big catch
From Aug. 20: A huge 15-foot gator was caught in the Alabama River in Wilcox County recently.
Now the taxidermist who is about to perform the taxidermy is speaking out about it.
Designer's tips on ethical taxidermy
From Nov. 28: Road kill designer Jess Eaton is revealing her secrets to the public for the first time in a unique workshop.
The Brighton-based conceptual artist is famous for her Roadkill Couture collection, which used parts of animals that have died of natural causes or killed for food or as pests, including headpieces worn by Kate Moss and Lady Gaga.
Beauty in death: The men who've turned taxidermy into strangely beguiling art
From Dec. 11: Ferry van Tongeren believes that there are two types of people in the world: those who like dead animals, and those who don't.
Being a professional fine-art taxidermist, it's obvious what category he places himself.
"I know it's hard to believe, but the presence of death has nothing to do with it for me," says the Dutch artist.
"It's about shapes, color and construction, not death. But if you think it's gross, I can't even start to explain the beauty to you."
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