So You’ve Bagged A Deer… Now What?
Deer season is in full swing, and if you drive around rural Oklahoma before sundown, you'll hear the bounty of hunters trying their best to put that delicious protein down on the table. But after the shot rings out, what comes next? Pics.
Of course you're going to take pictures. That is the current social currency on the web. Snap a pic, text it, email it, share your excitement with those close to you... Some even put these pics on their facebook. Now, I'm not complaining, but it's not the most attractive thing to see online.
For example, I have a pic of my first deer. It's gruesome, but it's mine.
It's not something I'd want out on my facebook, because, while it was exciting, it's kinda gross. So instead, it's framed and hanging above my work bench.
Now, we've been over several different methods of saving your prey. Euro mounting skulls, hydro-dipping the ugly ones, but we haven't crossed that taxidermy line yet... but it's coming soon.
I spent a little time with local master-taxidermist Mickey Bowman. He was cool enough to let me swing by and get a few pictures on short notice. We talked about taxidermy, the science and artistry behind it, and how it is the perfect way to preserve a memory forever. Just take a look at the hyper-realistic stuff Mr. Bowman turns out.
Out of curiosity, I asked him how many projects a person can expect to make in learning his craft, and his answer was awesome. While you can watch videos online, study books on the subject, or even take a class on how-to, it simply comes down to whether you can make your hands create what your brain sees.
Taxidermy is neat. It's a mind-blowing process of science and art, and we've been working to film a project like this in the last few weeks. It's not done yet, but as the days roll on, we'll get it posted in the near future.