Our 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, has been labeled by many as the Father of Conservation. He helped create and establish the United States Forestry Service, which would later become the National Forest Service. Roosevelt created five national parks (doubling the previously existing number); signed the landmark Antiquities Act and used its special provisions to unilaterally create 18 national monuments, including the Grand Canyon; set aside 51 federal bird sanctuaries, four national game refuges, and more than 100 million acres’ worth of national forests. But he was a hunter too, right? He killed the same species that hunters now chase today under a mound of anti-hunting pressure. Yet, how can it be possible that someone can love the earth, and take from the Earth in the name of conservation? For some folks, they’ll never understand. For the rest of us…we were born that way. God Bless Teddy.~Kendall Jones


Deer hang in a freezer in line for the butcher’s block at Rome’s Meat and Deli in Butler, PA. Rome’s is one of a handful of processors across the state that are processing sites for the organization Hunters Sharing the Harvest, which delivers an average of 100,000 pounds of venison to Pennsylvania food banks, soup kitchens, and pantries to feed insecure people and families. Read more here.

I got to take some photos of the shop yesterday, so here they are.

1. This pelt had to be the darkest elk bull I’ve ever seen. Parts of him were almost black.
2. Some mounts waiting to be painted.
3. Interior of the workshop.
4. The break room// salting room// storage.
5. A few forms and an antelope mount. (Underneath all of that was a tanned elephant pelt for a client they work for)
6. A bunch of stretched bobcat skins hanging from the ceiling.