[TAE] 31 Days of Vulture Culture – Day 4

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A front view of Veteran, the way he sat while I meditated with him, eyes to eye sockets.

31 Days of Vulture Culture – Day 4

4) What sort of collection do you have? is it mostly skulls? or do you have pelts, wet specimen, or taxidermy pieces?

My collection is kind of all over the place. Where it started with a deerskin journal and a couple of rabbit pelts, it’s now grown significantly. Of the suggested possibilities, the only thing I’m missing are wet specimens. Honestly, I’m really not interested in those – we have cats. Too much of a chance for things to be smashed and that would just get messy AND depressing.

I have several skulls – two coyote, one bobcat, one domestic cat, one black bear, and a kit fox. I would like to one day own a skunk and an opossum skull as well, but I’m not holding my breath. 

As for pelts, I have one full coyote that has legs and feet, and two partial coyotes – one red, that are complete except for their legs and feet. I have two grey foxes, one of which is complete and mountable. I hope to one day make a soft mount out of him, but I haven’t had the funds for the supplies I’m missing and the courage to soak and begin the process with him yet. And of course, I have my bobcat pelt that’s complete, as well as a large scrap of mule deer hide and a couple of small pieces of bison and black bear hides.

The majority of my collection, though, are tails. Very few are pictured, but I have everything from a genet cat to many different color variations of red fox, to kit fox, to timberwolf. 

And of course, I have random little bits and bobs – a european style antler mount that was a gift, a bag of antler coins from whitetails that I haven’t decided what to do with, yet, knuckle bones from cougar, wolf, and black bear, rib bones from a rattlesnake – just quite a bit of randomness.

And that’s it for day 4!