First I Was Just Kidding, But Now
I saw a beautiful fox on the road the other day. I took a picture of it, because it was probably the only opportunity I would have to see one up close. As I drove away from the carcass, I started to muse about what you could use a dead animal for.
The first thing that came to mind was fly tying. Then, to make even more oil on my mental fire, I went to Little Log Village in Hastings, where I found a book called The Complete Book of Tackle Making. That was my sign, I'm sure. The book cost me five dollars, and the seller said that it could very well become a small business.
Well. I miss a lot of opportunities like that fox, since, once I thought about it, I drove back, and the carcass was gone. I'm assuming that some eagle came and took it away. Nobody else would think of picking it up for some random Fur and Feather type establishment, now would they?
The other animal that is plentiful as road kill are is raccoon. Every day, on the way to work, I see glowing eyeballs in the ditches and many times, I have to swerve to miss crowds of raccoon. I did happen to hit one with my car one morning and it tore my muffler loose from the underside of my car. Not to mention, it split the undercover under my motor.
Animals are pains when it comes to driving at night.
Earning a Few Cents Here and There
Now, there is no real income from these squirrel tails. Actually, from the sounds of things, you end up with a souvenir fishing lure for your efforts. I think that would be okay.
You can order a shirt for twenty dollars so you can advertise for them. Again, they benefit. The shirt seems nice, but I have enough other shirts to think about.
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Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on August 30, 2019:
There is a woman in Connecticut who picks up roadkill and turns them into hats, muff and collars. She taught herself how to tan hides. She is trying to bridge the gap between people wanting to wear fur and those against killing animals for fur. I have read articles about her, but I don't know how she determines the animals were not rabid. A lot of raccoons in CT are.
Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on August 24, 2019:
Jeremy Richmond, thank you for your comment. If I ever create some lures with road kill, you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll post the images here...
Jeremy Richmond from Hubbard on August 23, 2019:
Good Hub, quick and to the point, but please we would love to see images of the lures if you ever got to make some yourself!