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Needed: 1 Head, 2 Hands, Strong Gut

I learned there are about as many ways to preserve a deer skull and antlers in the European mount style as there are ways to hunt deer. But like hunting itself, all of the methods are pretty similar and follow a basic pattern: Remove the hair, fat and sinew from the skull, boil it clean and bleach it bone white. A European mount, also known as a museum mount, is nothing more than a skull and a set of antlers. It's a bare-bones form of taxidermy with a classic look that can be done by do-it-yourselfers with relatively little investment in time or equipment. You just need to be willing to fiddle with some gross stuff like brains and eyeballs, not mind spending an afternoon toiling over a simmering pot of deer-head stew and be unafraid to work with some semi-astringent chemicals/Eric Barker, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Have you ever preserved a deer skull and antlers in the European mount style — or anything similar?

Blog: Huckleberries Still Small, Green

I took a drive to the Blue Mountains Sunday to check on the status of one of my huckleberry patches. The quick report there is the berries are still small and green and likely several weeks away from being pickable. There were decent numbers of berries on some plants but not tons. Since it was too early to pick, I drove around and went for a short hike up to Diamond Peak on the edge of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness Area. The hike yielded some good views of the Wallowa and Seven Devils mountain ranges and plenty of wildflowers/Eric Barker, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Anyone have a report on the State of the Huckleberries in North Idaho this summer?

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