Several hunters have asked me how much they should pay for shoulder mount…$400, $700, $1,000? Prices have definitely gone up, and they vary across the country. $400 seems on the low side, and 1K is high, though I have paid that much for some of my best Canadian bucks. What is the going rate for a GOOD taxidermy job in your area?
The best hunting in the VA Piedmont and Mountains occurs during the muzzleloader season the first 2 weeks of November. Many bucks are bonkers, either chasing or trailing does. Wayne Mills is an accomplished hunter who takes full advantage. Awhile back we profiled Wayne’s 2008 drop-tine giant. Here’s the story of the monster he killed on the same lease on Election Day last fall: Mike: Two hunt club members saw this buck chasing does on 11/03, opening day of Virginia muzzleloader season. I took a doe on Saturday, so I had earned a buck according to club rules. I couldn't hunt on 11/5, but took off Tuesday morning, planning to vote around noon. I took along my decoy "Bucky" [...]
This from the Wind River Outdoor World FB page: awful difficult to take a wolf with a bow! Boy I'll say, first picture I've ever seen of a bowhunter w/wolf. Don't know who or where, but hell of an accomplishment. Beautiful animal too.
“The Harrisburg (PA) Show” has long been quite the event, with tens of thousands of hunters, shooters, fishermen, boaters, etc. coming from up and down the East Coast (and across America) to buy stuff, book hunting trips and vacations, gawk at the giant buck mounts, attend seminars, meet celebrities, enjoy cooking displays and just have a jolly good time for a week in early February. I have attended the show as both a seminar speaker and a consumer, and I always enjoyed it. But things are not so jolly this year, and I won't be going. On the eve of the 2013 show, the event’s organizer, Reed Exhibitions, decided to ban the display and sale of Modern Sporting Rifles and [...]
Mike, I got over 30 trail cam pictures of this buck throughout the summer, but those pics were all at night. So after not seeing him feeding on our family farm during the first week of bow season, I decided to change things up. Fortunately I had permission to hunt a property across the road. My hope was that I could catch him crossing that property during shooting light on his way to my land. I took my climber and set up about 15 yards off a lane that connected two corn fields. The wind was perfect, and I figured the element of surprise would be in my favor. Sure enough, on October 10, he walked down the lane at [...]