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Beauty in death: The men who've turned taxidermy into strangely beguiling art
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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Taxidermists affected by slow hunting season
With another rifle deer hunting season in the books. Hunters in both Minnesota and Wisconsin experienced one of the lowest harvested seasons in recent years.
In Minnesota 31,000 less deer were taken this year. A bucks only season would contribute to the less numbers but across the border in Wisconsin 21,000 less hunting licenses were sold from last year to this season.
Hunters aren't the only ones affected by a slower hunting season.
Randy, who owns and operates Bowe's Taxidermy in Lakeside, Minnesota, has been feeling the slower season as well.
The art of the mount: East Texas taxidermists preserve beauty of nature
If there really is more than one way to skin a cat — a bobcat, that is — Billy Marburger surely knows how to do it.
In fact, it is hard to imagine an animal Marburger couldn't skin other than a unicorn — but more about that later.
Skinning isn't art, though, merely the first workmanlike task necessary in the process of taxidermy.
Tips for cold-weather muzzleloader hunting
By John McAdams
Hunting big game with a muzzleloader can be an extremely fulfilling experience. As a result, muzzleloader hunting is becoming more and more popular among hunters these days. However, hunting with a muzzleloader can also be extremely challenging and frustrating. This is especially true with late-season muzzleloader hunting, where hunters may have to deal with extremely cold and/or wet conditions. For those who are planning on taking the old front-stuffer out into the woods this year, here are a few tips that I've learned the hard way.
Taxidermy's sale of deer hides benefits wildlife rehab center
The deer harvested now by some local hunters actually can help return injured birds of prey and other animals into the wild.
Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Ridge Road Taxidermy of Meadville have had beneficial partnership for more than two decades.
Vast New York taxidermy collection donated to Virginia Museum of Natural History
A donation to a Martinsville museum is one of the largest and most bizarre.
Gregory Speck recently donated about 230 animal mounts to the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
All of the animals ranging from Caribou to Buffalo came from his Manhattan home in New York. He's now making a move to Harrisonburg, Virginia.
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