Black Bear 4-H Club families recently toured two homes to learn about taxidermy and exotic animal mounts.
In February, the club toured Trophy Time Taxidermy and Antler Reproductions LLC, owned by Tim Hidde. Hidde explained the process from start to finish of mounting various animals and fish. His collection of different molds used to create antler reproductions drew interest from those attending.
In April, Greg and Jessica Cheek hosted the club at their Breezy Point home that is filled with animal mounts. The Cheeks have traveled around the world and shared experiences of hunts in Africa, Alaska and other locations. Different kinds of deer and antelope and other exotic animals, along with animals we recognize from our area, cover the walls.
Young people asked many questions with the most unusual being, “Which animal tastes the best?”
Greg Cheek explained how the elephant mount in his collection was harvested due to overpopulation and the lion had been eating a villager’s donkeys.
If you have suggestions of interesting locations the Black Bear club could tour, contact club leader Cindy Terwilliger at 963-0309.