We see many trophy pics in the field and can admire the beast of the chase and the successful hunter after the animal has been retrieved but we see relatively few photos of those animals when they have made it back from Africa.
Therefore, those of you who have shot a decent animal and have had it mounted, please can we see the final result as it hangs on your wall or stands on your pedestal please?
Also, it would be useful to know which taxidermists you used and what their costs were like over there and also here, how much did it cost you for shipping mounted trophies back home vs shipping skulls and capes to get mounted in the U.K..
As I am planning a trip myself I would like as much information from those who have gone before so I can weigh up the costs involved and see the quality of African taxidermy.
No doubt there are fine taxidermists in Africa but I am dubious after seeing warehouses full of skulls, heaps of capes seemingly piled in random heaps and the whole factory conveyor belt process involved dealing with high volume taxidermy. I just can't see how each animal would have the care and attention lavished on it that it deserves when they are being processed in such high numbers.
Obviously I am interested in the costs involved. Yes, taxidermy might be cheaper over there but shipping the final mounts back will be higher than just the skulls and capes to get mounted here where the costs will be higher. Six of one, half a dozen of another, I'm trying to get as much information as possible to make the best informed decision.
Please give me and others with the same question your opinions based on experience.