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From the field to the wall: The art of taxidermy
With the recent cold snap, hunter success is expected to pick up in the coming days and weeks, and that means taxidermists are gearing up to receive the bulk of their yearly workload. But just how do they take skin and antlers or horns and make it look alive?
It starts in the field, said Jeff Welch, owner of Trails West Taxidermy in Helena, as many hunters are learning to make the proper cuts on an animal to allow a taxidermist to use the skin called a "cape" for a mount. Two decades ago, 80 percent of hunters made cuts that rendered capes useless, and that meant having to buy another cape to make a mount, he said.
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Combat veterans find solace in hunting
The Des Moines Register via USA Today
They cleared roads for troops in Afghanistan until a year ago. Head on a swivel. Inspect every groove in the dirt road. Study every rock.
Bomb hunters, they called themselves.
Animal artisans to face off at alt-taxidermy competition
Many people may think taxidermy peaked with stuffed-bird hats worn by some women in 19th-century Victorian women.
But the craft is very much alive in 21st-century Philly.
"It's experiencing a renaissance," said couture taxidermist Beth Beverly, 36, who sells taxidermic animals through her company, Diamond Tooth Taxidermy.
On Nov. 15, Beverly's hosting the second annual Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy competition at the Keystone Mini-golf and Arcade in Kensington.
Research sheds light on buck movements related to hunting
Outdoor News Daily
A recently completed cooperative study between the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Auburn University and Brosnan Forest will help researchers and hunters better understand buck movements and behavior around food plots and deer stands. According to Charles Ruth, deer and turkey program coordinator for the DNR, this is one in a series of cooperative studies conducted in South Carolina made possible by revenue associated with deer hunter's participation in antlerless deer tag programs offered by the DNR.
Taxidermy and cryptozoology merge in unusual hobby
Christian is a trained taxidermist with a fascination and talent for creating unusual creatures.
"I like my cryptozoology, I like these so-called mythical animals," he said.
Cryptozoology deals with animals which may or may not exist.
Hybrids like the Fiji mermaid (half monkey, half fish), the fur-bearing trout and the Swedish rabbit-bird are examples of such beasts; deftly fashioned by skilled taxidermists to appear as if they were real.
"I've always been creative, I've always had a soft spot for animals, I've always grown up with pets," Christian said.
7 things you need to know before hunting on public land
Toledo Chronicle via Tama News-Herald
Hunting public land this year? Read these tips first. Before you head out this fall in the hopes of harvesting a duck, goose, pheasant, rabbit, deer or other game, there are a number of things to be aware of when hunting on public land.
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Iowa: Changes in deer hunting regulations for the 2014-2015 seasons
Outdoor News Daily
If you haven't been out deer hunting yet this fall, it's a good time to take note of the changes in hunting regulations this year.
No January antlerless season this year, and antlerless deer quotas were reduced.
10-year mule deer restoration project kicks off
Wyoming mule deer are getting a much-needed boost from state wildlife officials.
The Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office and Wyoming Game and Fish Department have completed the first portion of one of the most extensive mule deer restoration projects the state has ever seen.
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