Stuffing the Evidence (Sep, 1947)
Stuffing the Evidence
Thore’s no need for a tall talc when you’ve got proof nailed on the wall.
FISHERMEN and hunters have in all ages enjoyed a justifiable pride in their accomplishments. Around this human weakness has grown the art of taxidermy. Among sportsmen, one of the best known of these craftsmen is Fred C. N. Parke, of Bangor, Maine.
Originally, he worked exclusively with game, but in recent years his volume has swung from animals to fish owing to the decrease of animal shooting and the upsurge in the popularity of fishing.
With sportsmen active somewhere in the world in all seasons, stuffing the evidence is an all year ’round occupation. The length of time required to stuff and mount a prize fish depends on many factors, Parke says, but chiefly on the amount of oil in the skin and the time it takes for it to dry out.