America’s Pest Problem: It’s Time to Cull the Herd

 

From Time Magazine (of all places!)

Excerpt:

Faced with an outbreak of lyme disease and rising deer-related car accidents, the city council of Durham, N.C., authorized bow hunting inside city limits in November. Authorities in San Jose, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, voted to allow hunting wild pigs within that city in October. Rock Island, Ill., one of the five Quad Cities on the Mississippi River, recently approved bow hunting in town, provided that it occurs in green spaces — golf courses, parks, cemeteries — or on private land.

Across the country, hunting is poised for a comeback, and not just because the folks on Duck Dynasty make it look like so much fun. We have too many wild animals — from swine to swans. Whether you’re a Walmart employee in Florida wondering what to do with the alligator at your door, a New Yorker with a hawk nesting on your high-rise or an Ohio golfer scattering a flock of Canada geese, you now live, work and play in closer proximity to untamed fauna than any other generation of Americans in more than a century.

Too many deer, wild pigs, raccoons and beavers can be almost as bad for the animals as too few. This is why communities across the country find themselves forced to grapple with a conundrum. The same environmental sensitivity that brought Bambi back from the brink over the last century now makes it painfully controversial to do what experts say must be done: a bunch of these critters need to be killed. …read more

Shotgun: obtaining lead on a moving target

Goose Hunting

Looking forward to goose hunting with friends this winter.

My European Mount – How I did it

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Last season (2012-2013) I created a European Mount from a buck I took that December. After some research on the web and a discussion with my deer processor, I jumped in with both feet.  I did not bleach the skull, but used Elmer’s glue as a protective coat – a tip I learned from reading multiple opinions online. There are different methods for creating an attractive European Mount, and I decided to go with a more natural look.

Here was the process for me:

Tools: grill, large pot, knife, small wire brush, long needle-nose pliers, Elmer’s glue, small paint brush
Step 1: Ask processor to save full skull with antlers
Step 2: Skin the head (keep in frig in a bag until you are ready)
Step 3: Simmer head in pot on grill outdoors for 4 hours with some dish soap in the water; cut, pick and brush skull
Repeat Step 3 about 3 times or as needed
Watch for nose bone detaching, save for later
Make sure to get meat out of nose cavity and skull
When cutting and picking is finished, let skull dry for 24 hours minimum
Brush off any remaining meat or cartilage
Use Elmer’s glue to reattach nose bones if they became detached
With small paint brush, coat surface with Elmer’s glue to protect skull
Mount on plaque, use one long screw through back of plaque and into the underside bone of skull’s brain cavity
Photos:

Photos: Mike Robinson

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