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March 9, 2013

OUTDOORS COLUMN: The Power of Taxidermy

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     There is much more of it around today than back in the late 70s/early 80s but it still has the power to make people appreciate nature or at least take notice.

    For hunters and fishermen it can be easy to forget we were all children once. I pride myself on essentially being a 39-year-old kid actually and never having lost that spirit of wonder but with all of the cares of life, it can be a challenge.

    If you have a place of business and have some taxidermy on display, use it as an opportunity to engage in conversation with children who come in about your wild adventures.

    They will ask questions, make interesting and hilarious comments but that is all part of the important process of learning.

    When Nick Wingate hung those big sharks in his meat market, he had no idea the interest it would stir in me and perhaps many other children in the community.

    It is the little things that make a big difference and when it comes to inspiring children, even a stuffed fish can make a difference.

(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI and watch his F.L.E.X. Fishing TV episodes at www.Godsoutdoors.com.)

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