Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More Ducks and Lessons in Taxidermy

I haven't had much to post on my blog since hunting season ended. Here are a couple more pictures from our last duck hunt that Lee took.

This was a picture of a Mallard pair that I took with Steph's new camera at the park in Sherman when we went to visit my parents a few weeks ago. Makes me wish I had a telephoto lens. Click on it to open it up full size.

Two weekends ago I attended a free taxidermy seminar that was being given at the Layland Museum in Cleburne, Texas. It was an all day event hosted by Jonathan Stanley of Harlequin Taxidermy. He went through the step-by-step process of mounting a bird, from skinning to finishing. He mounted this Cinnamon Teal as the example. These pictures I took don't do it justice - it looked really good. Check out some of his work at http://www.harlequintaxidermy.com/. I learned a lot and have ordered some supplies to try to give this a shot myself.
Last Saturday, my Dad, Katy and I drove out to the lease to fill the free-choice protein feeder. It was completely empty. I refilled it and hopefully will have some game camera pictures to post in the next few months. I checked my trail camera and it had a few pictures on it but nothing too interesting to look at. Katy had a blast and she got to see four tiny piglets while we were there. We were walking down the trail to my Dad's stand, Katy was on Paw-Paw's shoulders and I decided to veer off the trail to explore a little bit (with the hopes of finding a recently dropped antler) and I noticed something moving about 10 feet in front of me. At first I thought it was a rabbit, but then I noticed it was a piglet. Then I noticed three more and they were all scurrying in the direction of my Dad and Katy. The piglets couldn't have weighed more than 7 or 8 pounds each. There were a couple brown ones and a couple black and white spotted ones. They ended up running by my Dad and Katy at about 15 yards away so Katy got a good look at them. As soon as I saw that first one I figured the sow would be nearby but I never saw her. My Dad and I were wishing we would have been carrying a shotgun so we could have gotten one to cook whole. Yeah, that's right, I said it, I wanted to eat one of 'em. They looked mighty tasty! If you don't like it, get off my blog page you big dope!

1 comment:

Keelie said...

Hey Rob, Justin and I enjoyed looking at your blog tonight.Some great pictures! We miss you guys.
Take Care! Keelie