Trophies Are Here, Happy and Sad

Aegis

AH senior member
Joined
Jul 7, 2014
Messages
87
Reaction score
143
Media
20
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
NRA, 2nd Amendment Foundation
Hunted
USA, South Africa
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.

upload_2018-4-27_20-16-41.png


Airing out the zebra in the driveway after unpacking.

upload_2018-4-27_20-17-43.png


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.)

upload_2018-4-27_20-20-16.png


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

upload_2018-4-27_20-21-35.png


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.
 

Pheroze

AH legend
Joined
Jul 6, 2013
Messages
3,755
Reaction score
4,045
Location
Ontario
Media
70
Articles
17
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
1
Member of
OFAH, DSC
Hunted
South Africa, Canada, USA
Very nice trophies and thanks for sharing that with us!
 

BRICKBURN

Super moderator
Contributor
Lifetime titanium benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 5, 2010
Messages
22,726
Reaction score
16,606
Location
Canada
Media
412
Articles
23
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Europe
1
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England
Congratulations on the repose phase of your first hunt.
Great stories to be relived.
Thanks
 

Bullthrower338

AH legend
Joined
Sep 20, 2014
Messages
4,410
Reaction score
10,002
Location
Houston, Texas and Alder, MT
Media
176
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Australia/NZ
2
Member of
Life Member Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, Huntin' Fool, DSC and Pope and Young Club
Hunted
USA, Mexico, Canada, RSA, Australia NT, Zimbabwe
I don’t ever want that feeling of emptiness knowing that I don’t owe my taxidermist a kidney! Lol
Congrats
 

K-man

AH elite
Joined
Apr 14, 2013
Messages
1,713
Reaction score
2,903
Media
51
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
3
Hunted
Spain, Alaska, RSA, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, British Columbia, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming
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
 

CAustin

Bronze supporter
AH ambassador
Joined
May 7, 2013
Messages
14,184
Reaction score
11,279
Media
252
Hunting reports
Africa
7
Member of
Courtney Hunting Club, NRA Life Member, SCI Kansas City Chapter
Hunted
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Kalahari, Northwest, Limpopo, Gauteng, APNR Kruger Area. USA Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas
Yep it’s time to admire and enjoy your trophies. Planning the next trip is always fun.
 

Lee M

AH fanatic
Joined
Jan 3, 2014
Messages
797
Reaction score
989
Media
75
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
South Africa, USA, Canada
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!
 

PHOENIX PHIL

AH ambassador
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
9,106
Reaction score
7,406
Media
53
Articles
2
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Member of
SCI
Hunted
USA, S. Africa
Congratulations! I love that they didn't "fix" the ear on the bushbuck.
 

cpr0312

AH ambassador
Joined
Jul 21, 2011
Messages
9,566
Reaction score
10,608
Location
North Carolina
Media
346
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
6
USA/Canada
1
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
NRA Life Member
Hunted
US (All over), New Zealand, South Africa(Northern Cape, Northwest), Zimbabwe, Zambia
Congrats on getting them home and on the wall!! Now onto planning the next adventure!
 

cagkt3

AH legend
Joined
Apr 10, 2017
Messages
2,927
Reaction score
2,025
Location
Texas
Media
87
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Member of
DSC, SCI - West Texas Chapter, HSC, NRA Life Member, Ducks Unlimited
Hunted
South Africa, Zimbabwe, OK, TX, UT, KS
Looking good! Agree on the ear - adds a unique flavor to the mount
 

slam8031

AH fanatic
Joined
Apr 6, 2013
Messages
613
Reaction score
527
Location
sc, usa
Media
27
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
NRA, SCI
Hunted
rsa
Great stuff! Awesome memories and stories to tell! Congrats!
 

Aegis

AH senior member
Joined
Jul 7, 2014
Messages
87
Reaction score
143
Media
20
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
NRA, 2nd Amendment Foundation
Hunted
USA, South Africa
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")
 

johnnyblues

AH ambassador
Joined
Jun 13, 2013
Messages
6,832
Reaction score
7,194
Location
Georgia
Media
193
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
10
Mex/S.Amer
1
Hunted
USA, ALASKA Canada, New Zealand, Mexico Africa.
Excellent. Glad your happy with everything. Marius runs a great operation and I look forward to hunting with him again.
 

PARA45

AH elite
Joined
Jun 15, 2010
Messages
1,647
Reaction score
2,354
Media
47
Articles
3
Hunting reports
Africa
1
USA/Canada
2
Member of
NRA LIFE MEMBER
Hunted
South Africa, Nicaragua, FL, CA, SD, GA, SC, CO
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!
 

adgunner

AH fanatic
Joined
Mar 3, 2012
Messages
812
Reaction score
669
Media
57
Hunting reports
Africa
6
Mex/S.Amer
1
Hunted
Canada (AB,SK,ON,QC,NB,NS) USA (TX,ME) South Africa (6) Argentina
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!
 

Forum statistics

Threads
35,530
Messages
662,881
Members
60,070
Latest member
mcd
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

Mule deer and Colorado elk seasons almost done! Hunters driving farm roads, looking for racks, their PH driving them along, I ask that you not pull into my drive. The buck behind me, on the boundary line of the GMU somehow knows. The hunter laughs, I would invite you in to see my Searcy rifles but social distancing prevails, darkness arrives and the buck slides away into secret tree grove...
Boyd Brooks wrote on Skinnersblade's profile.
Ellwood Epps has 1 box of 25-20 in stock. Look them up on the web. They are located in Orilla Ontario.
Lkhntr wrote on Warpig602's profile.
On the vx6 2-12 what does the zl2 stand for?

Thanks, Oliver
bowjijohn wrote on AfricaHunting.com's profile.
Many thanks for re formatting my article for the forum

I served my time in both the bush and during the bush war

I hope it did it justice

Education is where it is at - without it the wild places are history

You - sir - are well placed to make a difference

J
Good morning friends

i‘ve taken to heart a suggestion to tell my story about a lion hunt 37 years ago. ‘I don’t know, but am thinking there are site rules as to posting and file type. Three of the four posts (chapters?) are done, I took time away from here to write up the story. I have a couple of photos too.

also, I’m going to dissemble the rifles and see if Butch may have signed them. I’ll let you know.
 
Top