What to do when your walls are full of trophies?

375HH

New member
Joined
Oct 17, 2012
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Greetings,

New as a contributor to the the AfricaHunting forum but not new as a visitor.

So I have the problem that many people may say they want, but is it problem. After all these years of longing for "walls full of trophies," I now have them.

Now what?

When your walls are full of trophies, how to you address this? Do you change your hunting style, for example only going for local "meat" hunting? Dispose of beloved, old but now so fabulous early trophies? DOnate them or hang less fabulous ones in a local Cabela's or other retailer?

While I could squeeeeze in a just few more, after that it would start to look tacky and overdone, and I'm not looking for that, nor do I want to buy a new house or build on a trophy room addition.


Thoughts?
 

35bore

AH legend
Joined
Apr 17, 2009
Messages
2,402
Reaction score
877
Media
74
Member of
NRA,Missouri hunters ed, SCI, Owensville Gun Club, Quail Forever
Hunted
USA, South Africa, France
Welcome to the forum, not to be a wise ass here, but, you build another wall. Build a trophy room or two, whatever it takes. Do not dispose of trophies, if they were worth mounting then they mean something to you. Add on, or add on.
 

TOM

AH elite
Joined
May 14, 2009
Messages
1,738
Reaction score
317
Location
Kansas City Metro
Media
41
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
6
Member of
SCI,DSC, QDMA, QU
Hunted
Africa, Europe, Asia, North America
Do more fun hunts and take a videographer along. Pictures and video have taken the place of dip and pack for me.
 

bluey

AH legend
Joined
May 21, 2012
Messages
4,764
Reaction score
2,046
Location
australia/zambia
Media
52
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Australia/NZ
5
Member of
ssaa, aba ,bairnsdale field archers SFP
Hunted
australia south africa (limpopo, north west,eastcape) canada (b.c)zambia
welcome to the forum 375HH
youve got a problem that i one day hope to have , a room chockablock full of fantastic memories this same room full of more than worhty opponents
and the only thing better than one room like this is at least one more just like it .
i would love to see some pictures of your trophies
enjoy the site
 

375HH

New member
Joined
Oct 17, 2012
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
I don't want to make it sound like I have an 8000 sq ft house or anything! I do have a couple of walls that are about 20 feet high and those are pretty full - to my tastes. I've seen some trophy room photos in the Trophy Room book series - some look nice and some, well, I'm not looking for that look! Perhaps I should ask Craig Boddington at the next SCI convention what he does. I have one small wall that could take some skulls, but I can see the slippery slope from here!

I think the video and photo idea above is interesting and there's some cost savings without the pack/dip/crate/taxidermy bill (sorry taxidermists!).
 

Nyati

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 15, 2011
Messages
7,954
Reaction score
3,426
Location
Madrid, Spain
Media
117
Hunting reports
Africa
6
Europe
1
Member of
RFEC, RFETO
Hunted
Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
Welcome to the forum, 375HH.

I m getting close to having the problem as I live in a flat, 140m2, but no way to expand.

First thing is to have only european mounts, they take less space, and the rooms look less "cluttered".

Next suggestion is to have all the small trophies (duiker, steenbok, etc) off the walls and mount them on small pedestals so thay can be placed in a bookshelf.
 

Upton O. Good

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 27, 2010
Messages
349
Reaction score
249
Website
www.beingkarl.wordpress.com
Media
39
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
NRA Life member, Nature Conservancy, Dallas Safari Club
Hunted
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, United States, Louisiana
It doesn't sound like you are getting excitement about adding another trophy to the wall. You didn't provide much information so I'm wondering if you've burnt out on big game hunting or maybe just the shooting. Why not figure out what you want for your next adventure? Sounds like you've had many exciting times and you aren't sure where to go for new memories. But, I could be wrong, apologies if I am.
 

James.Grage

AH legend
Joined
Feb 8, 2010
Messages
3,590
Reaction score
716
Media
75
Articles
10
Hunting reports
Africa
8
Member of
NRA, ATA, PITA, NAHC, NAFC, DU, TU, DSC, SCI, RMEF
Hunted
USA - Canada -Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Start with Pedestals to be places around your house...

A group of mounts in a small area when bunched together...
 

harden

AH elite
Joined
Aug 17, 2011
Messages
1,609
Reaction score
3,471
Media
2,695
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Europe
1
Asia/M.East
1
Just condense things, current ones and future mounts like this.....

Great space savers in a room.

Multi-Pedestal

Hearns__4.jpg


Hearns__5.jpg


Hearns__1.jpg


Hearns_9.jpg


Hearns_8.jpg


Hearns__99.jpg


Hearns__9.jpg


Hearns__7.jpg
 

Attachments

  • Hearns_8.jpeg
    Hearns_8.jpeg
    300.6 KB · Views: 106
  • Hearns_9.jpeg
    Hearns_9.jpeg
    288.4 KB · Views: 94
  • Hearns__1.jpeg
    Hearns__1.jpeg
    344.7 KB · Views: 107
  • Hearns__4.jpeg
    Hearns__4.jpeg
    448 KB · Views: 108
  • Hearns__5.jpeg
    Hearns__5.jpeg
    305.2 KB · Views: 121
  • Hearns__7.jpeg
    Hearns__7.jpeg
    228.3 KB · Views: 117
  • Hearns__9.jpeg
    Hearns__9.jpeg
    300.8 KB · Views: 119
  • Hearns__99.jpeg
    Hearns__99.jpeg
    330.6 KB · Views: 111

James.Grage

AH legend
Joined
Feb 8, 2010
Messages
3,590
Reaction score
716
Media
75
Articles
10
Hunting reports
Africa
8
Member of
NRA, ATA, PITA, NAHC, NAFC, DU, TU, DSC, SCI, RMEF
Hunted
USA - Canada -Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Dennis ... great mounts...good example of a pedestal mount to be placed around the house ... just add wheels for easy movement...
 

375HH

New member
Joined
Oct 17, 2012
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
<<It doesn't sound like you are getting excitement about adding another trophy to the wall. You didn't provide much information so I'm wondering if you've burnt out on big game hunting or maybe just the shooting. Why not figure out what you want for your next adventure? Sounds like you've had many exciting times and you aren't sure where to go for new memories. But, I could be wrong, apologies if I am.>>

Thank you, Upton, there's some real wisdom in your comments and implied questions!

I guess I'm feeling a bit depressed about feeling like I can't hunt big game any more because I'll not have a place to put the trophies - so yes, mixed feelings.

I may be working through a rule-set reset is all; I love hunting and don't want to lose it from my life.

I did look into adding on to the house but where I live it would cost $100K and I'm balancing retirement investments with fun; while I'm in the top 2% I'm not in the top 1% - huge difference! I do pretty well investing, so due to the magic of compounding that $100K is really about $400K just over 10 years - so from a total cost of ownership perspective that makes it an expensive trophy room for me.

So I guess I'm worried that I *can't* get excited about another hunt as I'd have to answer the question: "Where will put the trophies?" I don't know - so can I hunt?

Does running out of space for trophies mean you can't hunt? I guess that's where I'm at, and I appreciate the vast wisdom of the good folks here.
 

enysse

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 20, 2009
Messages
11,762
Reaction score
4,348
Media
136
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
1
Member of
Northeast Wisconsin SCI chapter, Lifetime member of NRA,RMEF
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa (East Cape, Guateng and Limpopo)
I'm in the same position as you, I'm looking to down size. I'm probably going to store the mounts and rotate. And I'm just going to take pictures for the most part. It's a fact of life, there is only so much room. And it gets too damn expensive to expand.

I'd rather hunt for memories and experiences. Hope that helps.
 

TOM

AH elite
Joined
May 14, 2009
Messages
1,738
Reaction score
317
Location
Kansas City Metro
Media
41
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
6
Member of
SCI,DSC, QDMA, QU
Hunted
Africa, Europe, Asia, North America
Pick up a new twist. Try bowhunting, handgun, muzzleloader, etc. I've found shooting an animal with a rifle totally different than a compound bow, which is totally different than my recurve bow. Each step adds a whole new level of difficulty and excitement.

<<It doesn't sound like you are getting excitement about adding another trophy to the wall. You didn't provide much information so I'm wondering if you've burnt out on big game hunting or maybe just the shooting. Why not figure out what you want for your next adventure? Sounds like you've had many exciting times and you aren't sure where to go for new memories. But, I could be wrong, apologies if I am.>>

Thank you, Upton, there's some real wisdom in your comments and implied questions!

I guess I'm feeling a bit depressed about feeling like I can't hunt big game any more because I'll not have a place to put the trophies - so yes, mixed feelings.

I may be working through a rule-set reset is all; I love hunting and don't want to lose it from my life.

I did look into adding on to the house but where I live it would cost $100K and I'm balancing retirement investments with fun; while I'm in the top 2% I'm not in the top 1% - huge difference! I do pretty well investing, so due to the magic of compounding that $100K is really about $400K just over 10 years - so from a total cost of ownership perspective that makes it an expensive trophy room for me.

So I guess I'm worried that I *can't* get excited about another hunt as I'd have to answer the question: "Where will put the trophies?" I don't know - so can I hunt?

Does running out of space for trophies mean you can't hunt? I guess that's where I'm at, and I appreciate the vast wisdom of the good folks here.
 

Stretch

AH fanatic
Joined
Feb 26, 2012
Messages
598
Reaction score
14
Media
15
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Hunted
USA , Canada, Botswana
My advice. Introduce a young person to hunting. You can still go afield to participate in the hunt. No need to add trophy's on your wall, have the child's animal mounted for him/her. There is nothing more rewarding. You will be surprised at the level of satisfaction and excitement you will feel even though you never pull the trigger yourself.
 

Biddleman

AH enthusiast
Joined
Feb 7, 2012
Messages
373
Reaction score
378
Location
Wrightsville, Pennsy-sippi
Articles
1
Member of
Delta Waterfowl
Hunted
USA, Botswana
That's one hell of a problem to have. :) Like having a big breasted nympho model for a wife whose daddy owns a brewery. But seriously just because you can't put them on the wall doesn't mean you can't enjoy the hunt or hunt period. Rotate your stock, take pictures/videos. Someday I hope to have the same issue.
 

Hank2211

Gold supporter
AH legend
Joined
Jan 12, 2010
Messages
2,957
Reaction score
6,729
Media
141
Articles
3
Hunting reports
Africa
10
Member of
SCI, DU, Pheasants Forever
Hunted
Canada, United States, Zimbabwe, South Africa (Eastern Cape; Northern Cape; North West Province, Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo), Namibia, Cameroon, Benin, Ethiopia, Argentina
Apart from the issue of wall space, what do guys who go to Africa multiple times do if - or when - they shoot the same trophy? Take someone like Craig Boddington, for example - who I think says he has shot more than a dozen cape buffalo - do with the trophies? Even if you add a wall, or a room, or a whole house, how many of the same animal do you want?

I like to shoot springbuck, for example, on each visit to Africa - not usually easy shooting, good to eat, and not generally expensive - but feel I can't justify it because I simply don't want another hide or shoulder mount, even if I did have the sapce.

Not to hijack the thread, but what do others do when they get multiples of the same trophy?
 

Red Leg

Lifetime bronze benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
May 19, 2009
Messages
6,601
Reaction score
19,049
Location
Texas Hill Country
Media
285
Articles
5
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
4
Mex/S.Amer
1
Europe
3
Member of
SCI DSC life memberships / NRA Patron Life
Hunted
Mexico, Namibia, RSA, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Canada, Mozambique, Spain, US (15 states)
I have faced the same problem for years. I hunt for the enjoyment of the hunt - not the head. A recent trip to Africa is a good example. I took cape buffalo, eland, kudu, waterbuck, wildebeast, hartebeest, and impala. First I took the best photos that I could of all of the game taken. I make sure I have an 8x10 hero shot of each animal. I also build a photobook using one of the on-line outfits like Shutterfly for each safari or hunt. The wildebeest was made into a rug - I didn't care about the horns because I have shot better. The buff was kept as a bleached skull - a neat and smaller Euro option - and it looks great in front of a fireplace. The eland, hartebeest, and waterbuck were made into Euro mounts on plaques. They each hang next to hero shots and gold medal certificates - all of which take less space than a single shoulder mount. The impala, whose horns were nothing special, was supper. Be selective about actual mounts, exploit the euro-mount option, and be good with lots of photos.

Ethics demand that we hunt so as to ensure that the animal is not wasted or that its death vitalizes the larger herd. Hanging a shoulder mount on the wall is not necessary to meet that ethical standard. Hunt; take photos; enrich your memories, and save the actual trophies of the truly exceptional examples.
 

Upton O. Good

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 27, 2010
Messages
349
Reaction score
249
Website
www.beingkarl.wordpress.com
Media
39
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
NRA Life member, Nature Conservancy, Dallas Safari Club
Hunted
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, United States, Louisiana
Glad my comments were helpful. You know, at some point in our hunting lives I think we reach a point where we've shot enough game. The problem is, I think, we haven't lost the love of hunting and the need for adventure. The idea of teaching youngsters to hunt is a good one, that is what Ruark wrote about in The Old Man and the Boy.

I've been thinking about your post and this picture came into my head of a great room filled with wonderful trophies of just about every animal, a real Noah's Ark. I imagined what it would be like to sit in that room and look at all of the mounts and have the memories of each animal would come back to me. That got me thinking about you mentioning, off handedly, about aging. I then thought that it was likely you have grown children and probably grandchildren.

My next thought was if I were one of those grandchildren, I would probably be amazed with the animals and want to know the story behind them, the more dangerous or impressive animals first. So my next thought was have you written your memoir? If you are over 55 years of age you are now a historian for the family, kind of like an elder. You can tell the stories your grown children don't know, they weren't there. The grandchildren need to hear about your life or have it written down because sometime in the future they or their offspring will want to read it. In addition, if you do write about each animal in detail, you will relive it in a new and different way. That is also what Ruark did.

Anyway, these are just my ramblings, they may be way off target.
 

Hank2211

Gold supporter
AH legend
Joined
Jan 12, 2010
Messages
2,957
Reaction score
6,729
Media
141
Articles
3
Hunting reports
Africa
10
Member of
SCI, DU, Pheasants Forever
Hunted
Canada, United States, Zimbabwe, South Africa (Eastern Cape; Northern Cape; North West Province, Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo), Namibia, Cameroon, Benin, Ethiopia, Argentina
Actually Upton, you are right on target (no pun intended). You said it better than I did - "at some point in our hunting lives we reach the point where we've shot enough game. The problem is . . we haven't lost the love of hunting and the need for adventure."

I love the time in the field with a bunch of guys, no phones, no annoyances of modern life, and in fact the romance - that's what it is for me - of crawling on my belly in the African bush. And maybe unlike some, I haven't yet reached the point where that's enough. I still want to feel the adrenalin of having that animal in my sights, and I still want to pull that trigger, and feel the satisfaction of bringing him down cleanly, and then putting a backstrap on the table. I guess I just need to get over the guilt I feel if I don't need or frankly want to take a part of that animal home with me (other than in pictures).

But you've given me the push I needed to start what I've meant to do for a long time - getting those stories down while I can still remember them. Thanks.
 

Forum statistics

Threads
37,403
Messages
713,587
Members
66,722
Latest member
RaleighDAl
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

degoins wrote on Treemantwo's profile.
I have a like new VC .450 I might part with. I had it built in 2013 and it has served me well. Also have a VC fitted leather trunk case for it along with the plastic case it came with. I'll take 14000 for all of it.
Matt W wrote on Jody's profile.
Hi Jody,
I have been looking for ideas on the best way to display my European mounts from Africa. I came across some of your shield work and was wondering if you would be willing to make one for me? If so, please let me know the cost. I like the shield with the two spears that you built for a member years ago. Thanks.
cal pappas wrote on Mnelson2's profile.
Nelson. Is this message a PM format. I want to send you my email, but don't know if this is the cirrect way to do it. I'm at <pappas@mtaonline.net> Send me an email with your phone and I will call you about a skull I have. I went to school in Boston and am from Bernardston in the west part of the state. Moved to Alaska in 1984 adn never looked back.
BeeMaa wrote on Justbryan's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. He was a pleasure to do business with.
BeeMaa wrote on 375Fox's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. Was a pleasure to do business with.
 
Top