trophies are on the wall!
Well, I have intentionally stayed away from the site for several months because hanging out here just makes me want to go back to Africa immediately. However, my trophies from my May 2012 hunt with Nico Smith at Amakulu Lodge arrived this week, and I now have them on the wall. While I am no professional taxidermy contest judge, all in all I am pleased with how they turned out. I especially like how the hartebeest and gemsbok were done with the skin on the plaques. I have included some pics of the mounts, and as soon as my skins flatten out, I will post those. I have put all of the mounts in my current home office/study.
However, we are in the process of working on plans for a new home on our farm/homeplace, and those include a walk-in gun/trophy/hunting room. It will be accessible from a large mudroom that connects off of the garage, as well as accessible via a hidden door from inside the house. Both doors will be walk-in safe doors, and the room will be constructed to be fire-rated for 2 hours at a minimum. I can't wait to see how these will look in that room!
Enjoy, and please give me your feedback!