Many sportsmen consider President Theodore Roosevelt the father of our modern conservation movement.
Grandfather Jones displayed his Roosevelt-inspired wildlife art in the attic of their two-bedroom home in Lafayette, IN (photo circa 1937). As a youngster, I was in awe of his artistry.
Much of my early wall art consisted of framed needlepoints lovingly and masterfully crafted by my wife, Lyda. The memories each evoke bring a lump to my throat when I recall the hours she dedicated to her craft. The Drake Canvasback decoy is the first I carved in Jack Teegarden’s class.
At the top of almost everyone’s list of artistic mediums is photographic art. Today, with the advent of digital photography, the presentation formats are endless. Canvas-based photographic prints allow you to create a memory of your days afield with your shotguns. Your friends won’t know the outdoor legacy was inspired, in some measure, by Theodore Roosevelt, but you can tell them our story.
Reminiscent of President Roosevelt, Grandfather Rufus integrated his game mounts into an unusual array of artistic presentations. Here he used the hooves of a deer he shot as the support arms for his custom shotgun rack.
Theodore Roosevelt is considered by most as the Father of the Modern Conservation Movement. In contrast, we also know him as a big-game hunter. He set aside the first Federal Bird Reserves and studied taxidermy with an associate of John James Audubon. Grandfather Jones’ leather-bound collection of “Messages and Papers of the Presidents” was bookmarked at the President’s Federal proclamations concerning conservation.
The vast majority of competition shooters are, well, old. By old, I mean 40 or older, and this is important because one of the problems that occurs at this time in our lives is that our vision starts to fade.