Trophies Are Here, Happy and Sad

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These are from my first ever African hunt, last July with KMG Safaris in the Eastern Cape; they were mounted by Hunters & Collectors in Port Elizabeth. The taxidermy work was completed a month or two earlier than expected, so I had to hustle a bit to get arrangements made for the import...but Coppersmith did a great job for me. My crate arrived yesterday, and after unpacking and airing out a bit, I got them hung today.

Once I was finished, I found myself feeling a little sad...the final chapter in my first African safari was done. There is nothing left to do except admire the trophies and remember...and start planning my next African adventure.

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Airing out the zebra in the driveway after unpacking.

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The tear in the ear of the bushbuck was put there by my PH's dog, sent in after I wounded the ram. The dog took a horn in the hip before I could put the ram down; it was quite the scrap. (The dog is fine.)

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This springbok is my first ever African animal, taken (finally) after I whiffed on two previous opportunities.

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The impala was my last hunt of the safari. I had intended to do a European mount, but my PH counseled against it. After seeing the size of the ram, he said, "That is a freaking gold medal impala. I don't want to tell you what to do with your trophy, but I think you'll regret it if you don't do a shoulder mount." He was right.
 

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Very nice trophies and thanks for sharing that with us!
 

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Congratulations on the repose phase of your first hunt.
Great stories to be relived.
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I don’t ever want that feeling of emptiness knowing that I don’t owe my taxidermist a kidney! Lol
Congrats
 

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Congrats! I have a few coming from them in a month or so as well! Those look great on your walls. Time to start planning your next trip
 

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Yep it’s time to admire and enjoy your trophies. Planning the next trip is always fun.
 

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Very nice. The torn ear adds character. And the story behind it adds to the experience. Plus you know you got the right skin! Congrats and enjoy!
 

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Congratulations! I love that they didn't "fix" the ear on the bushbuck.
 

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Congrats on getting them home and on the wall!! Now onto planning the next adventure!
 

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Looking good! Agree on the ear - adds a unique flavor to the mount
 

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Great stuff! Awesome memories and stories to tell! Congrats!
 

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Congratulations on your animals. I’m here right now hunting with KMG so maybe a few days after I get back I’ll get the report together.

Tell everyone hello...and if you see Martin, tell him he was right about the impala! (He said it was a gold medal, and by my measurements it makes gold by 2.75")
 

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Excellent. Glad your happy with everything. Marius runs a great operation and I look forward to hunting with him again.
 

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Outstanding trophies, congrats! BTW, when I read the title of your post, I had flashbacks of when I received my damaged goods. Glad everything was good for you! Congrats again!
 

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Outstanding trophies, it is great to see the trophies finished after having had the opportunity to see you again at the lodge, hopefully our paths will cross again!
 

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