I don't know a great deal of african history, but my understanding is that most of the conflicts like in the congo are the after shocks of colonization/decolonization.
The african people of countries like the congo fought colonization, then when they achieved independence were not able to form a stable government, leaving a vaccum of government in which a despot can step into control by killing (literally) off decent. A despot eventually gains control, but the memory of those killed inspires rebels who want justice and the whole cycle is repeated, miring the countries in grinding poverty and short life spans.
I like to poke fun at the government as much as the next guy, but when you look at the hell some of these countries are in; it makes me thankful that we have a stable government which the people by and large support and are willing to defend.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...