If you find yourself in need of a coonskin cap (or a gun case or antler lamp or most anything else that might be fashioned from pelts and horns), visit the Elkhorn Trading Company in the John Justin Arena’s exhibits area.
Owner Larry Fanning’s booth is filled with all sorts of items handcrafted from with the hides of foxes, coyotes and bears, among other wildlife.
Among the more eye-catching items is a shotgun case with external loops for holding shells.
“I designed these with a strap that goes over your shoulder or over a saddle,” said Fanning, who makes his home in Aledo. “I make everything you see here.”
Many of the items in the booth are expensive because of the materials involved. But he does offer a coonskin cap for kids that goes for $18, because it is the one of the few items he sells that is not entirely natural.
“But the tail is real,” he pointed out. – Punch Shaw