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6 tips to get your turkey ready for the taxidermist
Field & Stream
It's the last day of the season and you've got a gobbler worthy of the wall in your sights. But before you pull the trigger — and especially before you drop the $300 to $600 it'll cost for a quality turkey mount—heed the advice of Jeff McHugh. An award-winning taxidermist, McHugh seems to make dead gobblers spring back to life. But he's not a miracle worker. "When a hunter brings me a beat-up tom, there's only so much I can do," he says. "I may tell him to find another bird…or another taxidermist." In this article, McHugh offers six tips that will help you give your taxidermist the best possible raw material to work with.
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Taxidermists' craft on display at Maine Sportsman's Show
Portland Press Herald
Paul Reynolds worked a heavy-duty needle through the thick gnarled hide of a wild boar from Texas, sewing shut gashes and cuts in the leather. Wearing an apron, he periodically turned the hide to inspect his work hidden under the animal's brown-and-white-specked hair. "The hardest thing about taxidermy is making it look alive again," Reynolds said. "When a customer tells you, 'Gee, it looks alive,' that's the best compliment you can get."
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Mill Run taxidermist honored at North American Taxidermy Championship
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Mill Run taxidermist Michelle Burkholder was honored recently before a record crowd at the 2015 North American Taxidermy Championship, hosted by Big Rock Sports LLC at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Burkholder received Dealer's Choice, second place for a mount featuring wild piglets, voted on by Big Rock Sports customers and fellow taxidermists.
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Hamilton taxidermist makes 'cute forever friends' with dead rats
CBC
Ankixa Risk is an affable and enthusiastic Hamilton business owner who just happens to enjoy skinning rats. You know, for art's sake. She's a Toronto transplant now living in Hamilton who started practicing taxidermy about a decade ago. Now, she's bringing it to the masses with one-day lessons in "casual taxidermy" where you too can learn to gussy up a rat and turn it into art.
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Range safety: 4 important rules to follow
By Ken Jolly
As an NRA-certified range safety officer, I take range safety seriously. Guns are dangerous, and people can be dumb or careless. Whenever I shoot, I am always refreshing and practicing safety rules in addition to my drills. As I explain to my students, the quickest way to fail my course is to shoot the instructor. Here are four simple, but important shooting rules to follow.
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Colorado: Hunting bill looks to place more hunters in the field
AmmoLand.com
Senate Bill 226 was recently introduced by state Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Colorado. Senate Bill 226 would strengthen Colorado's rich hunting heritage by opening up an apprentice program for minors in the field. Senate Bill 226 would give minors who are at least 10 years of age the ability to go into the field to hunt, as long as they are accompanied by someone at least 18 years of age or older who has successfully completed hunter education training.
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