Hunters Improving the Economy

You have to love seeing this story in the Wall Street Journal.

Roughly 7,000 hunters turned out [for NJ’s bear hunt] this year, killing 469 bears. Last year, when the state also had a six-day hunt, 592 were shot.

The furry haul has unleashed a bull market for mounted bears, turning New Jersey’s taxidermists into unlikely job creators.

Mr. Clark brought on two extra seasonal workers to help process the trophies and is looking to hire a full-time taxidermist immediately. One of the workers, when not skinning mammals, makes a living as a cookie deliveryman. Bill and Ken’s Taxidermy in Morganville, N.J., also hired more help.

Apparently, the most important question a taxidermist will ask is whether the mouth should be left open or closed. I wouldn’t even know how to decide; there are just way too many cute mounts for black bears. I knew a guy who had three different bear mounts that all looked so different. And then there’s the choice of a rug.

Ultimately, the hunt is important for maintaining healthy population numbers. However, any help to the economy is surely appreciated, too.

5 Responses to “Hunters Improving the Economy”

  1. Weer'd Beard says:

    Mouth Open! Their teeth look cool!

  2. Sage Thrasher says:

    Mount the head on the wall wearing a ranger hat & put in an electric eye that makes it say “Only YOU can prevent forest fires” whenever anyone walks by.

  3. Chas says:

    Hmmm. Thought that was Jon Corzine there for a moment. No such luck.

  4. Matthew Carberry says:

    With no disrespect to folks who have one, I can’t help but think of Gary Larsen when it comes to most bear mounts.