I received my crates from last year’s hunt a couple weeks ago so have had time to reflect on the entire process and it is a mixed review. I hunted in South Africa and on the advice of my PH and from many other past hunters I chose to use Universal Trophy Services. I decided on a pedestal mount for my Sable, flat skin for the Zebra, and skull on shield for all the others. Rupert Dedekind was the gentleman’s name I worked with at UTS and he was highly professional and timely in all communications which gave me confidence in the process. I was nervous entrusting all of the trophy work being done in SA while I was back here in the States but at each step I felt better and better as Rupert kept me informed and worked closely with Coppersmith to handle the paperwork. When the crates arrived it looked like all the packing had been done well and no damage from shipment. The skins came back in good condition and the zebra was fine. My impala skull mount was cracked and had fallen off the shield due to poor screw placement...something I was able to fix on my own but should have been noticed prior to shipment (was not a shipment issue). The biggest issue was the Sable...not sure if there was excessive shrinking of the hide (never seen it in any other trophy I have), poor initial skinning, bad workmanship or a combination of all the above but it looks like Frankenstein. Obvious stitching along the neckline. I’m definitely not happy with how it was skinned but I’ve seen worse be hidden by great taxidermists. I cannot display the Sable in its current condition so will be looking to have it repaired. I notified Rupert of the issue and he agreed to pay for any repairs. All in all a mixed review but my conclusion is I will be having future work done in the US to allow for easier resolution on any issues as I would never have taken delivery of a trophy in this condition.