It began when a friend looked at my new checkbook cover and asked, “I wonder how many ‘naugas’ have to give up their lives for those?” By that she meant, how many naugas’ hides had to be collected to satisfy the warped tastes of people who want their checkbook covers, car seat covers, and sofa covers made of them. (Some purists insist on spelling the word “naugahyde”).
She proceeded to insult naugas by explaining that when she reached into her rather large purse, she could locate certain objects by their size or shape but she could always find her check book by the smell. Clearly the process of tanning those hides needs to be improved.
Her series of comments jolted me because I have never given much thought to naugas or where they came from or how they were hunted. I realize that doesn’t say much for what distinguishes humans from other animals—our supposed high degree of intellectual curiosity.
And I have to confess I’m a little disappointed in outdoor magazines. I’ve read them for over four decades and not once, not a single time, have I read an article with tips about how to find or how to shoot or how to cure the skin of the nauga. I really feel that editors should not be holding back on their readers and keeping hunting secrets to themselves.
So, to make up for this omission, intentional or not, I have conducted some original research and offer it on these pages so that hunters can harvest a new game animal. Herewith, the now unclassified info on pursuing the very elusive nauga.
Caliber of Choice
Such is the story of the nauga. I trust that future outdoor-magazine editors will be more willing to share with their readers reports on the nauga, including the taking of trophy specimens and how to prepare its meat for culinary enjoyment.
Meanwhile, I’d like to suggest a name for the .25-55. Other calibers rely on brand-associated nomenclature—Remington, Savage, Weatherby and Winchester, for example. How about the .25-55 Naugahype?