Caught in between Republican and Democratic national conventions during this presidential election cycle, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few picks this weekend to help you unplug from the political skirmishes across the nation. 

Robert Butler

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With several weeks remaining in the archery season, Missouri hunters this year have already killed more deer than either of the past two seasons. According to the state Department of Conservation's website, hunters have so far bagged more than 267,000 deer. 

What is the environmental impact of hunting? Two hunters share their views on hunting and conservation — and encourage people to interact with nature, even if it's just with a camera.


David Chancellor - kiosk

Cecil the Lion’s death at the hands of a trophy hunter made headlines around the world a few months ago but that type of hunting is common in Africa. Photographer David Chancellor documented the people who participate in the sport, along with the big game targets they kill in his documentary series, Hunters.

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In recent years, taxidermy has bust out of hunter's dens and natural history museums to become a new trend in home decor, as well as a way to remember pets.


  • Anthony Eddy, owner, Eddy's Wildlife Studio
  • Maxwell Ryan, founder and CEO, Apartment Therapy
  • Cindy Cunningham, taxidermist, Second Creation Taxidermy
  • Jane Almirall, artist and shop owner, Oracle
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

A new shop in the Crossroads District in downtown Kansas City, Mo., looks like a naturalist’s cabinet filled with bones, feathers, insects and skins.

“We had a guy come in and said it looked like if a witch doctor and an interior designer kind of got together and started a shop,” says Jane Almirall, co-owner of Oracle, which opened about a year ago.

Among the animals on display are a white stag, a tiny black-and-white piglet, and above the doorway, a 100-year-old Canadian lynx, originally stuffed with newspaper and sawdust. 

Missouri Department of Conservation

April 1st marks the start of spring turkey season in Kansas for archers, youth and disabled hunters.

In the early 1960s, wild turkeys were reintroduced to the state, and almost every county now has a huntable population.

Mike Miller with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, says turkeys are anything but easy prey.

“When everything works out right it can be a really easy exciting hunt, for any hunter, especially a young hunter, just because of what you see and what you hear, and the whole build up as you get into shotgun range,” says Miller.

If you've ever hunted for your food in the Oregon Trail video game, you know it's no easy task. Now, imagine stepping into the game yourself.