About Beth Beverly
I am a State and Federally licensed taxidermist who graduated from the Pocono Institute of Taxidermy in 2010 with high marks. I have a deep respect for this craft and those who strive to preserve it.
It is my pleasure to work on any trophy mount, be it a shoulder, life-size, rug, or fish.
I accept custom orders for fantasy mounts, wearables, and bridal hair pieces.
Sculptural mounts and hats are available for rental provided they are in stock at time of inquiry.
Contact me describing your wish and I will be delighted to make it so.
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That is a very tiny picture of me shooting a firearm for my first time. Another phase in the progression of me becoming a hunter, in small increments.
My friend Larry at The Firing Line in South Philadelphia was gracious enough to host myself and some friends the other evening for a shooting lesson. Some of us had handled guns before, some (me) had not. I think I did OK for my first time; it's much more difficult that I'd imagined. So many things to think about at once-I felt somewhat overwhelmed. I'm comforted by recalling how intimidated I was by driving a car a first though, with that same inundated-with-information feeling, and years later I am one of the best drivers I know. These things just take time.
That said, I think I did OK. We shot with a very simple handgun first; at least I hit the target. Then we moved onto a rifle, which I liked because the long barrel made aiming easier. It was also very unthreatening: quiet, no recoil, and a simple single bullet load. Plus it felt very marching bandy. We then moved onto revolvers, which was like throwing fire right out of my hands. A little more intense than I'd prefer but one had laser sights which made hitting the target a snap. I was trying not to "kill" my cartoon robber-guy, so I shot his shoulder and hand. I thought this was very thoughtful, but all I got was a couple chuckles from the peanut gallery.
While our group of noobs was in our little stall with Larry, there were guys coming and going, getting some shooting in after work-a sort of happy hour, I suppose. I was initially shocked at how loud the shots were. It took an hour or so to shake off the unnerving feeling of being surrounded by so much potential killing power. I mean, maybe this is just because I'm so new to this but it felt like walking into that place was the ultimate excercise in trust of the sanity of strangers. What if one of those guys just snapped and aimed his gun at someone else? What if one of us just ran out into the range? This wouldn't be the first time I've had morbid thoughts like this...sometimes I'm just astounded by the fact that society works. People just...behave. Driving on a highway, anyone could lose it and start a fifty car pile-up. But we all keep the wheel straight and go with the flow. And we trust that everyone else will do the same. When I was a child in class, I used to fantasize about what would happen if someone jumped out of their desk and ran up to the teacher and punched him. Or screamed an obscenity at the top of their lungs. Or jumped out the window. Perhaps I've got a touch of insanity bubbling just beneath the surface and I understand that I have to follow the rules to exist in this world, perhaps I was bored and yearning for something to break the monotony of my days. Or maybe we're all like this and have that ingrained sense of carnal, unpredictable self buried in our psyche but the knowledge that we all are connected and what's trouble for one is trouble for all.
And then there's always the few poor SOBs that actually do snap. Not me though: I love my life, I love my people, and I love the world too much.
So shooting. I enjoyed it. I want to do it again. But what I really need to focus on is practicing my bow. That's the next step. Soon enough...