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As 2014 comes to a close, NTA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of NTA Cutting Edge a look at the top 20 most accessed articles from the year. Here is part one. Enjoy!
This is what 4 decades of taxidermy collecting looks like
The Bold Italic
From Feb. 12: A piece of taxidermy on the wall can be one of the most visually arresting ways to add character to a room; whereas 350 pieces can actually stop your guests at the door, mouth agape and eyebrows at their hairline. And here, in the doorway of Skip and Ricardo's olive green house in San Francisco's Portola neighborhood, we were expecting it. But one can only imagine the reaction of some unprepared Comcast service guy happening upon this exclamation point of a house on a routine Tuesday.
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Mistakes men make when hunting with women
Women's Outdoor News
From Sept. 19: Women often hunt with men, and let's face it, guys are human and sometimes make mistakes when they hunt with us. In fact, Stephanie Mallory and Barbara Baird listed 12 mistakes that men make when they're out there in the woods or fields with women.
This is where confiscated wildlife items go to die another death
The Huffington Post
From July 23: Don't be fooled by the building's unremarkable exterior; inside this staid warehouse northeast of Denver resides one of the world's largest concentrations of items from the illegal wildlife trade.
The 22,000-square-foot warehouse, officially called the "National Wildlife Property Repository," belongs to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and contains upward of a million items, ranging from ivory and furs to stuffed tiger fetuses. In a video, The Atlantic offered a revealing look inside the repository, in addition to the National Eagle Repository next door.
Whimsical taxidermy catches on in Baltimore
The Baltimore Sun
From March 12:
This is not your dad's stuffed deer head. After decades of being relegated to man caves and hunting lodges, taxidermy is hip. Three television shows delve into the art of preserving animals, and its practitioners, who are, as you might imagine, a quirky lot. There are national taxidermy competitions and conferences and even a Brooklyn museum devoted to the art.
The art of taxidermy
Zanesville Times Recorder
From April 30: Written by Don Pagat: "The other day I stopped by Greg Clossman's taxidermy shop to see how his deer season business went. Clossman said it was way down, but he still had about 20 nice bucks he mounted. He had a grin on his face and asked me to have a look in his other room."
Kansas taxidermist finding his niche
The Topeka Capital-Journal
From April 23: A monster buck resting peacefully in a meadow. A plump tom gobbling thunderously from its roost. A playful otter frolicking in a creek. For taxidermists like Joe Wayner, the complicated process is more than just a hobby or a job. It's an art form, and these are the moments he is trying to capture in time.
Mammal makeovers by Smithsonian taxidermists
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
From Jan. 15: Two years sculpting foam and clay. Weeks casting heads and hands, toes and tongues. Thousands upon thousands of tiny stitches. These tasks and many more transformed 274 mammal specimens into the inspiring display now on view in the new mammal hall on the first floor of the Museum.
The 10 most underrated guns of our time
From March 26: Some guns have earned a legion of loyal followers that are ready to come to blows if anyone badmouths their brand. This reputation is usually deserved, and many brand loyalists feel that nothing will ever be as good as the gun they hold close to their hearts. But for the more open-minded shooter, there are also a lot of firearms out there that haven’t gotten the press they deserve.
Where have all the whitetails gone?
From Jan. 29: There was an audible buzz at the recently concluded industry shows. In fact, it was more like a roar. The hottest topic wasn't the best bow or newest camo pattern, the buzz was all about whitetails or the lack thereof. It seems as if many industry veterans and influencers who make their living by selling whitetail deer-related products are seeing a precipitous decline in deer population numbers in various parts of the country and no one is happy about it. Keep in mind that the hunting industry is driven by whitetail deer (70 percent of hunters hunt whitetails) and declining deer numbers are a real threat to the industry.
Set of stuffed, boxing squirrels goes for $70,000
The Dallas Morning News
From June 25: When Goodyear Tire & Rubber decided to relocate its Akron, Ohio, headquarters last fall, it fell to Cleveland-based auctioneer Rachel Davis to sell all the decor the company didn't want to move. It was artwork, mostly: paintings, prints and an extensive map collection.
Then someone found the stuffed squirrels.
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