Poncha Springs, Colorado. Hunting is a prevalent activity in the west, and many hunters turn to taxidermists to display the ultimate evidence of their favorite pastime. Of course, as most people know, the animal is dead and stuffed.
I realize Real Wilderness Taxidermy’s sign uses quotes for “real,” but this still just doesn’t seem like the best word choice. In fact, they could substitute “lifelike” for real. That would even create some parallelism with “lifetime.” As a geeky English teacher, this makes perfect sense to me.
The other interesting choice of words is “wildlife viewing” (on the sign below.) Although it would be one of the best examples of irony ever, I want to assume there is not an animal refuge out behind this building. So, I’m guessing “viewing” means you are watching the animal get skinned and stuffed?? Indeed, the process is a serious science, but it still seems a bit unsettling to watch, especially when it involves terms like “body cavity.”