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Reference Study: Nilgai or Blue Bull

Reference Study: Nilgai or Blue Bull

Larry Blomquist

Photo Reference Study—Nilgai (or Blue Bull), by Larry Blomquist: "Nilgais are native to the Indian subcontinent. They are the largest of the Asian antelopes, with mature males weighing over 600 pounds. Nilgais, which are often referred to as blue bulls, were introduced to Texas during the 1920s and 1930s, and as of 2008, the feral population was nearly 37,000. 
My experience hunting nilgais is limited, but my son Aaron, who has been a Texas resident for 14 years, belongs to a low-fenced, 60,000-acre hunting club in south Texas, where blue bulls are prime targets. This club was a part of the original King Ranch where nilgais were first introduced in Texas. On my hunts with Aaron I was surprised at how spooky they are, running only seconds once they spot you, even 600 yards away. Without question, they were much more wary than the whitetail deer that abound in this ranch land." To renew or subscribe or to check your status, call us at 800-783-7266.
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I Love a Good Connection

I Love a Good Connection

Kurt Ainsworth

 I Love a Good Connection, by Kurt Ainsworth: "In this article I will explain a great way to securely attach a whitetail deer shoulder mount to a pedestal. A good solid connection to a base is paramount to quality taxidermy. Nuts and bolts are too cumbersome and metal rods and tubing are too loose and corrode in time. I’ve always thought there must be a better way! What I came up with are synthetic rods. By utilizing this system, you will not only get a perfect fit, but it will never corrode." To renew, subscribe, or check your status, call us at 800-783-7266.

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2017 WTC Interpretive Division

2017 WTC Interpretive Division

All Entries

Interpretive Division from the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships®: all entries
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Reference Study: Wild Turkey Heads

Reference Study: Wild Turkey Heads

Cary Cochran

Reference Study, Wild Turkey Heads, by Cary Cochran: "In the field of taxidermy wild turkeys have gained popularity. There is a growing effort by taxidermists to produce quality mounts. Several reasons have caused taxidermists to shy away from mounting wild turkeys. They are large and present a problem with stability. They are not the easiest birds to flesh, degrease, and preserve. The attitude and feather placement of a strutting turkey is hard to achieve. There is also a problem with reproducing the fleshy details and coloration of their heads." To subscribe, renew, or to check your status, call us at 800-783-7266.

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Appreciate Your Fixed Assets

Appreciate Your Fixed Assets

John Jennings

Why Taxidermists Should Appreciate Their Fixed Assets, by John Jennings: "The number-one reason to purchase fixed assets is to make money. Most taxidermists own fixed assets of one kind or another. You probably own a freezer or two, equipment like a fleshing machine or bandsaw, and maybe even a computer or a smartphone. These assets will wear out and lose value over time. You need to account for this wear and tear, and eventually replace them as needed. One way to gradually turn these fixed assets back into cash is through depreciation. Depreciating assets has a small positive effect on your cash flow. There are many ways to depreciate a fixed asset."
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