Water Buffalo Mount 40yrs In The Mounting!

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So 40+ years later, I'm helping my Taxidermist get it together, after a couple of days fleshing the cape filling almost two 20lt buckets (could of saved big time on excess baggage costs) it is getting close, horns on the form & slight turn added today, be a few more weeks as he is off chasing monster trout tomorrow .

So I will add more as it goes (I hope) .
Fleshing My Buff Cape.JPG

My Buffalo Stage One .JPG
 

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That form is going to make one excellent looking mount! Love how it looks!
 

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Ok, I'll bite, how does the 40 years come into play??
 

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Maybe a bad shot and it took 40 years to die... :A Stirring:
 

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lol well no, I was a kid & read a book about Buffalo in the NT of Australia, left home flew to Aussie, landed in Sydney, bought a EH Holden station wagon , drove to Darwin (a lot more to that story) then out to the place mentioned in the book, found a Buffalo Meat shooting operation & got a job, on a little break I snuck out & shot this Buffalo with my .270 Win (.270 was a illegal caliber in the NT back in those days) now the .270 is a lot of things but none of them is a Buffalo rifle & it took a bit of shooting & running, mostly around the head, (the shooting, the running was after it) then he finally went down.

The horns have been with me since in my car boot, shed, roof & on the floor & I got a cape about 5yrs ago just to be putting it together now, I'm a little excited to see it come together, most likely no one else is lol !
 

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I thought you meant it took 40 years to get it back from your taxidermist.

:A Outta:
 

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I thought you meant it took 40 years to get it back from your taxidermist.

:A Outta:
Looks like a nice one--what did it score. Thanks
 

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Thanks @smokepole, I think it was 123DS from memory but I might check that when I'm done .
 

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Sarg, that's an absolute monster.
Reminds me of the shape you'd see out on the floodplains of what is now Kakadu.

I notice you have no skull-plate, what did you use as cores to hold the horns on with ?

Nice buff.
 

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Thanks Paul & you have seen a few !

I was working on Wild Boar St next to Point Stuart back then, we had some massive floodplains we shot, a grader made roads all over as the shot animals had to get back to the abattoir real quick .

I got this guy on higher ground that had a small Billabong in the center .

Oh it has a very (too small) small skull plate, I'm always too heavy when flying so just keep cutting bone off till I get things light enough, my buddy put a few steel rods into what bone we had but tells me horns will not be re moveable, not great when moving or even getting the bugger up on the wall !
 
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Thanks Sarg.
I've spent a bit of time at the lodge there at Point Stuart.
Very nice place but recently become void of that "wilderness" feel. Too many people.
I've hunted on Swim Ck a couple of times whilst helping Glenn with a couple of his hunts.

Again, stunning buff, way bigger than anything i've ever seen in the wild.

I took a 114 with a client up in the Arafura and saw another couple that may have pushed that by a couple of inches but not much more.
120+ buff is what dreams are made of.

I shudder to think of how many were left behind in the wash of the rotor blades of the BTEC days.
 

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lol Point Stuart wasn't a pretty place in 1979, but all that area was very wild, heart breaking now that I only took a few pictures of what is now history, with a crappy camera & that melted after I left it on the dash of the car.

Here is a bad pic of the head when I got back to QLD .

My Buffalo on the EH back in the day .jpg
 

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Back from a week culling & my Taxidermist finished working on the cape & fitted it while I was away, I called around to drop some meat off to him & have a peek at the work so far, he told me on the phone there was a bit of bug damage to the dermis .

Well I think that might be a under statement as it looks bad but I have seen lots of capes from Africa the same or worse & they looked great when finished so I have high hopes still !

My Buffalo Stage Two.jpg

My Buffalo Stage Two=.jpg
 

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