Taxidermy 'Super Bowl' in South Dakota
If you went to the 40th annual National Taxidermists Association Convention recently in Sioux Falls, S.D., you had
a chance to see what might be the most realistic looking replicas of animals in the United States. "This is our
Super Bowl," Steve Wolk said recently. Wolk is the president of the 1,400 member National Taxidermists Association.
Louisiana has record waterfowl season
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's most recent Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest report revealed that
waterfowl hunters in the state of Louisiana harvested 2.7 million ducks in the 2010-2011 season. Louisiana's
waterfowl numbers topped every other state in the country. The state alone accounts for 18 percent of the nation's
WASCO has joined the McKenzie family
McKenzie Taxidermy Supply
McKenzie Taxidermy Supply is pleased to announce that WASCO — Wildlife Artist Supply Company — has
become part of the McKenzie family of companies. Formerly headquartered in Monroe, Ga., WASCO was founded in 1982 with the Polytranspar Paint System and has become an industry leader in the manufacturing of paints, mannequins, videos, books and instructional supplies.
Taxidermy studio helps hunters relive memories
There's a store in Affton, Mo., whose clientele has included big names from politics and business over the last
century, such as former Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan and several
generations of the Bush family. It's
been around for 129 years and, in fact, lays claim to being the oldest operation of its kind in the United States.
Its founder was also one of the founding members of the Saint Louis Zoo. The mystery business is Schwarz Studio
Taxidermy, started by a German immigrant named Frank Schwarz in 1882.
California: Bill would ban most rifle ammunition
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via Firearms Today
latest legislation working its way through the California
would effectively ban rifle shooting and hunting in California by
making the ammunition illegal. A careful reading of SB 124, authored by
the vehemently anti-gun Kevin De Leon, is it would ban the sale of most
rifle ammunition in California under clever loopholes written into the
bill. The legislation says it's trying to update and redefine handgun
ammunition that can penetrate bulletproof vests worn by law enforcement so bad
guys can't legally possess this ammunition.
Hunters make plans for dove, teal seasons
Longview News Journal
The wing shooter has some important dates approaching and plans are already being made for many. The upcoming dove
season is always a great time to get out with family and friends. Of course, the early Teal season is also a great
way to spend a September morning. Watching the sunrise over a set of Blue Wing decoys is just a taste of the
seasons ahead and all the great times spent outdoors. Although we still have several weeks
of blazing days, hunting
season will be here soon.
Animal rights activists in Nepal demand end to legal hunting
Monsters and Critics
Animal rights activists in Nepal demonstrated recently against a government decision to encourage trophy hunting in wildlife reserves. Animal Welfare Network, a group of seven organizations working for animal welfare in Nepal, protested in front of the Forestry Department in the Nepalese capital demanding a reversal of the decision. "Trophy hunting is not something Nepal should promote and be proud of," the group said on its
Virginia man wild about taxidermy
Ron Sprouse doesn't simply practice the art of taxidermy. He lives it. "I like being in the wilderness with
wildlife," said Sprouse, who grew up fishing, trapping, hunting and spending his spare time stalking wildlife.
He takes mental snapshots of the movements of animals and uses them in his taxidermy work at a studio near this
Augusta County, Va., town. "I'll look at the bark on a tree, or a stump. Or how does the water run
over a rock? How
does bark peel off a white oak tree?" Sprouse said. He has worked as a taxidermist for 27 years, handling
everything from baboons to zebras. His studio and nearby camp resemble a wildlife museum, with mounted bobcats,
iguanas, coyotes and wild boar.
Panel to recommend moose hunt this year
Detroit Free Press
A panel will recommend a moose hunting season to thin the herd in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Moose
Hunting Advisory Council agreed recently to endorse a season in which 10 bull moose would
be killed. The group will
file a report with the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in the next few months. The hunt would be in late
October or early November. Licenses would cost $100 and be awarded by lottery.
North Carolina proposed hunting and fishing changes
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will hold statewide public hearings on 55 proposed changes to the
state's wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2012-2013 seasons. Proposed changes include lengthening
the bear hunting season in Greene, Halifax, Lenoir, Martin, Northampton and Pitt counties and opening a bear
hunting season in Edgecombe, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, Stokes, Vance, Warren, Wayne and
Wilson counties. Proposals
also include changing the bear season in Yadkin, Iredell, Alexander and Catawba counties and opening the portions
of Cleveland, Burke and Surry counties that are currently closed to bear hunting.