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As 2011 comes to a close, NTA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals Merry Christmas and 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 most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

National Taxidermist Association: In Memoriam
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From Sept. 28: The hardest part of any friendship is saying goodbye. The world of taxidermy is ultimately small and, like a family, we are all deeply affected when we are faced with a loss. This past weekend, our circle of taxidermy friends and acquaintances experienced the loss of two faithful friends of taxidermy, John Cook Jr. of Biloxi, Miss., and Steve Favour of Flagstaff, Ariz. More

The world's most legendary museum taxidermist
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From Aug. 3: On July 28, 2011 NTA Vice President John Janelli received an incredible gift from the iconic Henry Wichers Inchumuk — the head and bust of the sabre tooth tiger of which the original sculpture now rests in the Denver Museum of Natural History, where Inchumuk served as chief taxidermist for 33 years. Inchumuk, protege of the late Coleman Jonas, is not only perhaps one of our oldest working taxidermists at 90 years young, but he still is captivating the NTA competition rooms with his amazing life mirrored taxidermy skills. More

NTA Taxi Gram
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From Sept. 21: The increase in the senseless seizures and forfeitures of hunting trophies over the past two to three years has been perplexing. We have been on a search to understand if the apparent problem is real. If it is real, then what exactly is the change? What caused the change? Can we do anything about it? This information is the result of our investigation that every hunter in the entire conservation community needs to know and understand. More

Deadly snow goose hunting technique
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From Sept. 14: Biologists want snow goose numbers reduced and there are hunters who have come up with a deadly technique for hammering late season birds by the truckload. Bob McNally wrote in Grand View Outdoors, "It was Valentine's Day, the date of an annual post duck season goose hunt among a group of hard charging waterfowlers in east central Arkansas. Taxidermist and outfitter Pat Pitt, his two sons Stephen and Patrick and six other hunters were up at first light looking for white geese as the birds flew off roosting ponds." More

WASCO has joined the McKenzie family of companies
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From July 28: 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. More

NTA's William Lee Birch
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From Aug. 17: NTA's William Lee Birch, or Lee, as he was known, passed away. Lee was a board member and executive director of the NTA for several years. Lee was a genuine World War II hero. He served as a bomber pilot and was shot down over Germany. Although injured, he escaped, only to be caught. He escaped again, only to be caught again. The third time he escaped, he made it to Switzerland and eventually returned to service. More

Moore, Okla., hunter bags whitetail with velvet antlers intact
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From Nov. 9: Steve Prime of Moore, Okla., didn't know when he pulled the trigger on the opening weekend of black powder season that the 8-point buck in his gun sights still had its antlers in velvet. Only when he went to retrieve the animal did he discover that he would be mounting a unique trophy. "It was the first one I have seen like that," Prime said, who was hunting in Roger Mills County in western Oklahoma. More

4 elk for 3 hunters called a rare hunt
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From Nov. 3: San Diegan Dave Wilder, his son, Tim, and friend, Don Kinley, returned from one of their "do-it-yourself" elk hunts in Colorado with a wild tale of four elk for three hunters. "Do-it-yourself" means no guide, no outfitter, no frills and lots of hiking, packing and camping in the wilderness. Wilder said his son, Tim, went off to use the "outdoor facilities" early one morning, but took his gun with him, "just in case." A minute after he left, his dad heard a shot. The Wilders had their first cow elk. More

The follow-up shot
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From Oct. 19: Craig Boddington is pretty sure he's made just about every field-shooting mistake you can think of. "I've misread wind, angles and even range. I've pulled the stupid trick of looking through the scope and forgetting the barrel was a bit lower. I launched a bullet into a berm ten feet in front of me, which didn't in the least impress the animal I was shooting at. And sometimes I've just plain missed." The biggest mistake Boddington's made is what African professional hunters call "admiring the shot." More

Salisbury, Md., bow hunter bagged a trophy whitetail deer
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From Oct. 12: A Salisbury, Md., bow hunter bagged a trophy whitetail deer recently while hunting in southern Ohio on the first day of bow season. Jeff Beaver, 46, took the buck from a tree stand from 25 yards. The buck featured a non-typical rack with a rough Boone & Crockett score of 208. "It's unbelievable," said Beaver. "It's the buck of a lifetime for anybody that hunts, no doubt. And I never thought I'd put my hands on one like that." The buck had a rack that was in full velvet when he approached Beaver's tree stand with several doe. More

Archer takes potential Connecticut state record buck
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From Oct. 12: While the hunter remains nameless and details are sketchy at this point, this much seems to be true: the buck in this picture will likely shatter the Connecticut state record for a bow-killed non-typical whitetail. This massive buck was shot near Haddam, Conn. It was allegedly green-scored by a taxidermist/measurer who came up with a net score of 226 7/8 inches. More

The changing face of the African safari
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From Oct. 12: Over many years, the word "safari" — that magical word which brings to mind high adventure in the wilds of Africa, immortalized by Theodore Roosevelt, Martin and Osa Johnson, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Ruark — has become synonymous with a hunting/photographic expedition involving sportsmen and women from across the world. A safari in the earliest days of East Africa, prior to the outbreak of World War I, was known as a "foot safari." More

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