Alaska…A Great Place for the Outdoorsman

Jeff Ryle is living my Alaskan dream. While many of us spend the better part of our lives thinking about, saving for and maybe (if we are lucky) getting a smalljeff moose (2) taste of life in the Alaskan Wilderness, Jeff  lives it to its fullest. A true Citizen Sportsman, he has given most of his adult life serving our Nation, dedicating his experience and expertise…critical skills that he learned, lived and later trained both in the Army and as a contractor supporting the war effort in Afghanistan and Iraq. Still, with all of that to his credit, it only begins to scratch the surface of who this mountain of a man really is.  It is his keen skills of survival and a relentless respect for his environment that truly defines him, whether it be in the streets of Kabul or on America’s last frontier. Continue reading

Alabama Youth Dove Hunt Schedule Announced

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announces that Alabama’s 14th Annual Youth Dove Hunts are scheduled for the following counties in 2014: Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Calhoun, Chilton, Clay, Colbert, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, DeKalb, Escambia, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Talladega, Tallapoosa and Walker. Continue reading

Taxidermy Quality

Carl Akeley

Taxidermy is often misunderstood, yet, it has long been the principle storyteller of our natural history. In Zoological and Natural History museums throughout the world from Copenhagen and London to the Smithsonian National Museum  in Washington, DC, taxidermists are among the most valued and respected of tradesmen in the curators staff.  Over the course of the last few centuries, taxidermy has evolved considerably from its crude beginnings where preserved skins were literally “stuffed” with cotton, straw or sawdust to achieve nothing more than a vague resemblance to their original form. Pioneers in the early 20th century such as Carl Akeley and Leon Pray established new standards in Taxidermy effectively merging art and science. Continue Reading >