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The Granite State.
Oct 21, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
Is that a mink?

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Oct 21, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
Ron...Do you know how to stuff a chicken..?
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Oct 21, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
Exemplary work Ron A., your passion shows well. The birds are amazing!!! Where's your shop/studio? I'll pay you a visit one of these days, thanks for sharing.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Oct 30, 2013 - 02:54am PT
Help me understand why anyone would shoot a couple of beautiful birds like that? Just to eat them, just to stuff them? WTF?

Full disclosure here, I've been duck hunting once with my dad (who grew up on wild meat as they were dirt poor and needed to) when I was a kid. I shot two ducks and felt like sh#t for doing it, I thought it was something I was suppose to do.

Still have the shotgun which I dig and use on occasion to shoot clay pigeons but I don't get the animal killing thing.

Looking at the excellent work Ron has done on those just makes me wonder how and why a person would do that. Such wonderful life to see winging through the world now just stuffed soulless objects...
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Oct 30, 2013 - 05:13am PT
Thanks for the reply Ron. Still don't get it but I appreciate the artistic work you do.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Oct 30, 2013 - 05:51am PT
Damn, I can't think of the rail station (Mullingar?) that has a stray dog that became part to of the "station" family. When it died it was taxidermisted (is that a word?) and in a case/cabinet on the platform. Weird, but yet, touching.

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Oct 30, 2013 - 09:31am PT
Reasons people eat meat are perhaps a philosophical choice beyond this thread. For myself though, I tend to believe the biologists are doing their jobs managing herds at gealthy levels in an environment that we,ve polluted with non-native species and foriegn plants. For example, I took an elk last year that we,re still eating- it was cheaper than buying a cow, better meat, and better for the environment.

I try not to waste, try tmake a clean kill, and figure when i cant stand the idea that something died to feed me, then its time to give up bacon and go full veggie. So i suppose it keeps me honest about what im eating, which is more than i can say for posting to the forum.

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 30, 2013 - 11:30am PT
If you go visit Ron, just look for this right before the turn to his shop. Can't miss it.
Credit: dirt claud

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 30, 2013 - 11:39am PT
The mergansers are beauteous, Ron!

I wish I could convince the wife to have you do a similar flying mount of the condor I found
last month. The wife says our living room is too small. I'll keep it in the cooler until I can
win her over.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Oct 30, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
jonnyrig-thanks for the response.

What I don't get, is whacking a couple of mergansers. Are they really that popular of a game bird...just 'another' duck so to speak?

And, I wasn't asking about eating meat. Someone who kills their own, and butchers it, and eats it certainly to me is an honest to god carnivore.
I don't, but that's my choice and has nothing to do with it I'm thinking.

Anyway I love seeing those birds do their flybys headed upstream or down.
The original punks they are.

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Oct 30, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
Well, we all do serve a purpose in this old world, even the mosquitos. Maybe humans have evolved a little more, or maybe we,re devolving. I dont hunt for sport, but it is satisfying to make a quick clean kill.

Some of the animals are indeed beautiful, and if i had time i,d take more shots with a camera than a rifle. But i have to make a living, and i have to eat, and i like meat. If its not edible, i dont hunt it. If its a bug, snake, spider etc and its not in my house i dont kill it.

You guys who are veggie or vegan, congrats on keeping that conviction to your principles. Thanks for, at least, trying to understand the rest of us, and letting it be.

Times have changed- people screwed things up in the past, now its going more toward responsible use and management, and trying to restore a natural ecosystem. How effective thats going to be- we,ll see. Meanwhile, lets have some faith that things are managed well and let eachother do our thing.

Thanks Ron, for the nice work.

Sport climber
Oct 30, 2013 - 04:50pm PT

You're a master of your art. TFPU!

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 8, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
Those Common Mergansers look awesome! A Mouse from Merced in the house, what an honor. Life is such an adventure. Keep it real, bros! And don't do anything Batso wouldn't do, eh?

edit: "look awesome" - so does the gobbler (WOW)!! I'm gonna have'ta start keeping an eye out for some fresh road kill to bring up to ya. lol

An Uncommon Mouse from Merced, that is!!! ;)

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 8, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Beautiful work as usual, Ron!

It's so nice seeing that Mouse get out and about.

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Nov 8, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
Taxidermy isn't REALLY an art. It is simply a (poor) reconstruction of the reality that once existed. I will never understand someone who wants to display a stuffed animal full of chemicals with pride. But I do like deer and elk meat.

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
I don't give a sh#t about how you guys judge each other's stuffed animals... it ain't art. At best it is a poor reconstruction.

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Good taxidermy (and even some terrible taxidermy) is definitely an art. Hell, even just putting up museum skins is an art. But it also has incredible utility. My organization participates in a great variety of festivals and public events, and having Ron's masterfully lifelike specimens at our booth pulls people in like a tractor beam. They're incredible educational tools. We also use these in many in-school education programs, and they're waaaaay easier to care for than a live bird.

Never mind my goofy face, but here's a shot from Truckee River Day a few weeks back. Lots of people approached cautiously, and several asked if the birds were alive. Horned owls get hit by cars all the time around here, which is a major bummer, so it's fantastic to be able to resurrect one for purposes like this. We at TINS are very grateful for Ron's art.

Credit: Willoughby

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:20pm PT
Yep its art. Amazing the difference between good and poor taxidermy.

So is the below item someone posted.

Been wondering where the spiderbug went.


Gym climber
South of Heaven
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
hahahaaaa.... your stuffed animals fooled some kids Rong? You must be very proud.

Still ain't art... just a poor reconstruction of what was once reality.

A trade at best. Don't get me wrong, I know plenty of tradesmen who do beautiful work... but it ain't art.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
Got a set of those J.W. Elwood Northwestern School of Taxidermy lessons when I was in 8th grade and went out on the local highways and byways looking for road kill to mount.

Boy! Those were the days! How about ordering some preserved frogs for my first lesson? Mom didn't approve of the smell around the house. If I recollect correctly, that's what put an end to my career as a neophyte taxidermist. What do they say about kids who take up morbid hobbies?
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