for 4 years Louw from Trophäendienste has been my preferred Taxidermist. All my clients he treats as a priority! After each Safari we load the hunted trophies and deliver to him. There his team has the chance to ask for special requests and needs of my clients.
Till today I've had no issues working together with Louw.
Together with Rainer Sentefold from African Shipping Services they have delivered our hunting trophies into the whole world- the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden & Australia.
In my opinion they are a winning team. "Patience is the key word"
myself am a Trophy hunter and have hunted Romania, France, Germany, Cameroon and in January I am in the states for my Mountain Lion. I am very aware that the quality of the work must be first class for the Safari to be complete.
Skinning of a trophy plays a very important role, therefore we drive our Land Cruisers into the deepest gorge, thickest bush and highest mountain and we go onto the material to load the Trophy then skin, disinfect and salt properly at home.
The major enemies of a trophy are- Blood, Moisture, Dirt and gut fluid.
Of cause it also happens to us, for example that a Steinbok is not shoot to far rearward and the cape is damaged. Then Louw will contact me and say I can't use the skin to make my work perfect. Then I know I must save a cape for my client and will hand it over to Louw at the next best opportunity. This does not work if my client decides to mount them in a different country.
Unfortunately it is not possible anymore to take the hunted trophies in your suitcase after a good hunt.
Therefore there are only few options left-
1. Dip & Pack "shipping agent" Directly to your preferred taxidermy or your home.
2. Wet- Tan your skins here in Namibia and send them to your preferred taxidermy. Saves shipping costs. The wet- tanning of skins is inexpensive. "lowest shipping costs"
3. Mount your trophies in Namibia and send them directly to your agent or home.
For the future guests to Namibia, we as Professional hunters and Outfitters take highest care of your trophies in the field and the intention of our Taxidermist in our country is to produce a high quality product made in Namibia.
Best regards from NAM
Hi Philip, you are correct, improper field care is the most common cause of lost capes in the tanning process. As a Taxidermist myself I see this first hand.
However if you read through this thread you'll see that this instance had absolutely zero to do with poor field care or processing, and everything to do with poor quality control by Trophaendienste.