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In second grade I met a girl named Jen. She quickly came to dislike me, most likely because of the time I pulled her hair at recess. But as elementary school led to middle and then high school, we eventually became great friends. And a few more years down the road, she married another friend of mine, Bob Polanic. Now the two of them live an adventurous outdoor life together in Northern Michigan, made even better by the fact that Jen has taken up...
Upland hunters are an interesting bunch. We pay close attention to the whisper numbers for game bird counts, and often plan our days afield based on how many roosters are supposed to be on the landscape. During the last decade, those numbers have crept north almost across the board, but that doesn’t keep folks from longing for the “good ol’ days” of upland hunting.
Admittedly, we aren’t back to the boom years of the ‘90s, but is it as doomy and...
Taxidermists are like referees. When they do their job well, you hardly notice them. But when the job is done poorly, it commands attention in a bad way.
In many cases, exceptional taxidermy contains details that the average person won’t pick up on. I reached out to some taxidermists to ask what they look for when judging a peer’s work, and here’s what they said customers should be keen to.
Eye shape and placement is critical, and it’s often...