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Turn Your Kills into Decor with the Mouse Taxidermy Kit

If you really miss high school biology or simply want to make everyone you know nervous, now's a great time to start doing taxidermy. Like any new pursuit, it helps to take baby steps, and there are few steps smaller than a mouse's, making the Mouse Taxidermy Kit the perfect introduction to everyone's least favorite "art form."

Using the dead mice you catch in your spring-loaded Victors, you can transform their lifeless bodies into something eternal. With scant opportunities to get out into the bush to take down something impressive, there's no reason not to celebrate a kill of any size. But besides flaunting your victory with a trophy, mouse taxidermy also allows you to pay tribute to the animal you've snuffed out, since you're assigning it value and attention.

The process is relatively simple, with 70 illustrated steps in the colorful guide. The basic steps are to skin, prep, preserve, mount, and position the mouse, and the book takes into account all 38 species you may encounter on the hunt. All the tools, chemicals, and other supplies are provided, except for the traps to catch the mouse. That's your job. There's no trophy without the win, son.

Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor of Supercompressor. Taxidermy makes him uncomfortable. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.