My hair is wet but I’m clean and it feels so good. I was absolutely caked in mud today and I spent a good hour or so poking through carcasses to see what I could harvest and what still needed time (I have neither the stomach, room, or tools for decomposing specimens). One of the scalped deer skulls is almost ready, so I tied it to a branch with my jawbone and it’s stewing in the creek closest to the cabin until I come back after finals.
That’s one piece I refuse to let go. I’m so disgusted that we lost two bucks to poachers on our land and had their remains dumped into our other creek. I want the animal to know that it won’t be wasted, that one part will at least be cared for and enjoyed. I don’t care that the antlers were chopped off or that the crown has a gaping hole in it. Skulls are rare for me (this will be my fourth one, the second that wasn’t a gift) and it is no less valuable than my own bucks. I might use it to hold supplies like some kind of bowl. Organic material, what was once alive, is the best anchor for servitors in the world. Nothing can beat it. Out of all organic material, the skull and/or head is prime. Hence why my bone servitors all use skulls as anchors.
The coyote skulls should be almost ready by then, as well. There’s still tissue on the bodies holding them together, so I won’t even touch it. I can’t stand touching dead things that aren’t mostly bone or freshly dead. The smell is terrible, though that’s to be expected of scavengers. I’ve never made a servitor with bones from a carnivore. Im excited to see the differences.
There were signs that something had been turning over the earth and leaves in an unnatural pattern. Fresh. It could be coincidence, but there’s no longer the excuse of rutting. I’m keeping an eye on it because I’m going to be furious if we lose more animals to poachers. This summer we’re upping security more. More fence posts near the gates, more trail cameras, closer looks at the trails themselves. A new one is going to be opened up, so that’s exciting. One of the older ones was blocked by a fallen Beech so that should be reopened in a few weeks.
The creek near the cabin is still muddy and the earth is still obviously scarred from where an electric company came in and cut down trees with complete disregard to anything but putting up a pole. I saw that they had even torn up a hillside recently. Terrible.