I like euros — I like the simplicity of it - I like that I dont need to deal with their hide or hair getting dust and cobwebs in it. But this’d past weekend— my neighbors came over and we’d were looking at the whitetail I have taken on this ranch (all euros) and all four of them said— a 161 needs to be shoulder mounted on a low fence ranch in the hill country- thats a trophy— kill another buck with a good cape and make it happen. ‘’I was floored” I love my euros— I dont like waiting 1-2 years for a mount to come home —and I guess I am probabaly leery of when my Dad passed — he had many mounts and they were a PITA to deal with in fact— I didnt deal with them— I had no money and no space to deal with them then and he didnt leave me any to help with CHORE.
Euros mounts in my oppinion as much easier to deal with , smaller, take less space, still offer the memories of the hunt. I dont care about scores— I hunt what I like. Am I alone ? Do I do an animal a disservice if I dont shoulder or pedestal mount it? On the upcoming hunt— I will shoulder the kudus, the buff may be shoulder maybe pedestal and the the sable will def be a pedestal — the eland will be euro, warthog - euro, zebra-skin and others will be euro— nyala— undecided — bush buck as well — impala— euro — gemsbok euro — i will have the skins tanned and the meat will be used— Am I missing something — do you feel like one animal is deserving of a shoulder over another? Plains game mostly — I guess I hold the big 5/6 in different regard. But that being said — I’d euro a buffalo if I liked the plaque or the buff was a second or other reasons ... — I surely would— others outside of Leopard— I have no interest in— I think cats deserve a full body — they are special— but I dont want any of them currently . Am I out of my mind? Sorry about run on sentences and punctuation — I are an Aggie.
I like Euros as well. I have a piece of the hide from each animal on the wood behind the skull that shows the differences in color and the wood is cut into the shape of Namibia minus the Caprivi stem.
Like many, I mix them. Sometimes Euros not only save space, but they also work better with antiques and certain design ideas for a trophy room or any other space. If one hunts enough, eventually Fiscal or Newtonian laws begin to influence trophy collection. I have a friend who found Africa a life changing experience, daydreams about returning, but will not because he has no more room for trophy taxidermy. That is, to my mind at least, a definition of insanity. I actually bring relatively few physical trophies back any longer. But I am an avid photographer, and I memorialize every animal and hunt in large format photo-journals that I create about our every adventure. Unlike dead things on the wall, they actually may be of interest to a grandchild. We also love art. Every shoulder mount, or even a Euro, can take away a place that would be perfect for a painting.
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Thanks much. The previous owners had run their business from the carriage house. We gutted it and turned it into the Trophy Room, guest house, and gentlemen / ladies' bar. It is a good place to spend time over a single malt.