Sitka Mountain Gear
My Canmore Bighorn Mount
Wild Sheep
Contributors to this thread:
Busta'Ribs 02-Apr-13
Jaeger63 02-Apr-13
Busta'Ribs 02-Apr-13
Juan_ID 02-Apr-13
Hawkeye 02-Apr-13
Busta'Ribs 02-Apr-13
Juan_ID 02-Apr-13
Juan_ID 02-Apr-13
Busta'Ribs 02-Apr-13
Juan_ID 02-Apr-13
Juan_ID 02-Apr-13
Juan_ID 02-Apr-13
TREESTANDWOLF 02-Apr-13
kota-man 02-Apr-13
Stekewood 02-Apr-13
Jaquomo_feral 02-Apr-13
BULELK1 02-Apr-13
Jim in PA 02-Apr-13
SDHNTR(home) 02-Apr-13
huntinelk 02-Apr-13
BO-N-ARO 02-Apr-13
Busta'Ribs 02-Apr-13
Busta'Ribs 02-Apr-13
trkyslr 02-Apr-13
huntingbob 03-Apr-13
'Ike' (Phone) 03-Apr-13
Bill V 03-Apr-13
midwest 03-Apr-13
BowMad23 03-Apr-13
Bowfreak 03-Apr-13
jerseyjohn 03-Apr-13
PAstringking 03-Apr-13
Mark Watkins 03-Apr-13
redtail 03-Apr-13
Eric B. 03-Apr-13
Shug 03-Apr-13
city hunter 03-Apr-13
Busta'Ribs 03-Apr-13
Busta'Ribs 03-Apr-13
Busta'Ribs 03-Apr-13
Busta'Ribs 03-Apr-13
city hunter 03-Apr-13
2tuna@home 03-Apr-13
trkyslr 03-Apr-13
'Ike' 04-Apr-13
BOWUNTR 04-Apr-13
Shick 04-Apr-13
Jaeger63 04-Apr-13
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loesshillsarcher 04-Apr-13
rodney482 04-Apr-13
huntmaster 04-Apr-13
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M.Pauls 04-Apr-13
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Dave Smith 04-Apr-13
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Mark Watkins 04-Apr-13
Chip T. 04-Apr-13
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Matt Palmquist 29-May-13
Duke 29-May-13
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Tao 01-Jun-13
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Ermine 01-Jun-13
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JLS 02-Jun-13
Jasper 03-Jun-13
Mad Trapper 04-Jun-13
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loesshillsarcher 13-Jun-13
Mark Watkins 13-Jun-13
From: Busta'Ribs
02-Apr-13

Busta'Ribs's Link
I promised to post some photos of my Canmore ram from a couple years back once he was mounted. I know it's been a while and I apologize for the delay. I've attached a link above to the thread which includes the story and a bunch of photos from the hunt, in case some of you new guys may have missed it. Here's photo of the ram, with my guide, Alan Douglas.

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I thought it might be interesting to follow through the process of what it actually takes to create a mount like this.

I'm really fortunate to have Jim Kelly, a talented taxidermist, living close by. Jim and I planned, for quite some time, what to do with this piece, wanting to do something special for this animal.

My "Trophy Room" is really just an average size Living Room, but it does have high ceilings. This mount had to be life-size, and with the room's layout, I really thought a downhill pose would look best.

My wall space is limited and this presented a challenge, but Jim came up with an idea to hang the mount in a spot that I never thought would work, and would have never even considered for a life size sheep.

It's a really small space on the stairway wall above my TV. I didn't think there was enough room but if we hung the mount here, there would be no wall behind him, and I was instantly excited about the possibility of seeing the finished ram from the many unique angles a traditional wall mount would not have afforded.

Imagine a life size ram here:

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From: Jaeger63
02-Apr-13
Busta Ribs, I remember reading about your hunt very well! One the the best stories I've read on bowsite! Looking forward to seeing your mount proudly displayed on your wall!

From: Busta'Ribs
02-Apr-13
I picked out a form that I thought I liked, and one Jim agreed was relatively anatomically accurate.

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But then I attended one of the national sheep hunting conventions and I saw a sheep mount that I fell in love with. It was a much harder downhill pose, and the body angle matched the stair wall angle perfectly.

The only problem was, the form only came in a right turn, and we needed a left turn.

Here is the new form:

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"Slicing" the form into many pieces, like a loaf of bread, and re-arranging the slices, Jim was able to turn the ram to the left to suit our needs.

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From: Juan_ID
02-Apr-13
I hadn't ever seen your sheep hunt thread before but that's an awesome story and looks to be a really cool mount by the pics you've posted thus far! Should go good with the cool layout your home has...

From: Hawkeye
02-Apr-13
I agree-one of the best threads and stories ever written on Bowsite. Inspiring to say the least.

Looking forward to this finished piece. I know how hard you worked for that ram, and how bad you wanted it :)

From: Busta'Ribs
02-Apr-13
Delivering the cape was a sobering experience, and it took me back to that bitter cold day on the mountain, tending a big fire, and trying to get the ram thawed out enough to skin.

Frozen fingers and frozen sheep legs are a bad recipe for a clean cape, and a lot of sewing would be necessary. Jim nearly declared the ram "un-mountable"!

Of course, he's so anal that anything he doesn't personally cape is nearly un-mountable!

Front legs, before/after sewing:

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The back legs were also pretty chopped up:

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And so was the face and the Ball bag:

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He spent days sewing the cape back together, and complained the whole time. I just told him to shut up and sew, that's why you make all those big taxidermy bucks Buddy!

Of course there's a big broadhead hole, I shot him with a Schwacker!

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From: Juan_ID
02-Apr-13

From: Juan_ID
02-Apr-13

From: Busta'Ribs
02-Apr-13
Taking a break from the skinning, next up was laying out the base structure. This was going to be one heavy piece, the horns alone weighed at least a hundred pounds, at least they felt like it when I spent the better part of a cold November evening carrying them off the mountain.

First step, straighten out the leg rods. For the money these things cost, you'd think they would come plumb and parallel!

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Grunt work:

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Viola!

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Next step, lay out the wood framework:

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Starting to look like something now, but are you sure it's strong enough, Jim?

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Setting the head angle. Told you those horns were heavy!

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From: Juan_ID
02-Apr-13

From: Juan_ID
02-Apr-13

From: Juan_ID
02-Apr-13
Sorry for so many posts! Damn iphone!

02-Apr-13
Busta, I was waiting for this because the story was incredible.

I'm sure you won't forget, but the photo of you leaning over on the sticks with the skull supporting the pack was reality, one that I may never know.

Great write up again, looking forward to the finished product,

From: kota-man
02-Apr-13
Chris...That story was one of the best ever here and it is one that inspired me to go Sheep hunting. Though my first 4 sheep hunts will be with a rifle, the Canmore bowhunt is on my radar and WILL be one I do in the near future.

From: Stekewood
02-Apr-13
Ok. I can see the face getting banged up, and I'm sure skinning frozen legs is a bitch. But the ball bag is screwed up????? Really???

02-Apr-13
Chris, your Canmore story inspired me to NEVER want to go to that place in November! I'll hunt sheep here in warm, sunny CO, thank you!

Looking forward to the rest of the pics. Thanks for sharing.

From: BULELK1
02-Apr-13
Dang it-- I should-a-had your Taxi stitch me up after my kidney surgery!!

Looking damn good so far.

Good luck, Robb

From: Jim in PA
02-Apr-13
That was a great story , I remember it well. Even I heard the whining about that cape!!! Looking forward to the finished product.

From: SDHNTR(home)
02-Apr-13
What a cool thread! Great ram. Can you post a link to the original story? What did that baby score? Big ol deep drop on him!

From: huntinelk
02-Apr-13
The original story is a big part of the reason I pulled the trigger on the Canmore hunt and will be there Nov 2014. Can't wait to see the finished ram.

From: BO-N-ARO
02-Apr-13
You have a very good friend as a taxidermist if you can take him a skin like that from an animal like that !! :) Love the ram and you had a world class hunt taking a world class ram. Congrats. The form mod looks great and your base is in a really cool place! Looking forward to seeing the finish mount.

From: Busta'Ribs
02-Apr-13
As I mentioned, this thing is going to be heavy and it must be structurally safe/sound. If it fall's off the wall it could kill someone.

Some reinforcement of the form was necessary. First, stiffen the back leg:

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From: Busta'Ribs
02-Apr-13
Next, reinforce the neck.

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At least I know the head's not going to fall off!

From: trkyslr
02-Apr-13
Ha congrats on a great ram! Im duper jealous... Now skip a few taxidermist in Progress pics and get to the finished pics! Killin me ;-)

From: huntingbob
03-Apr-13
I cannot wait to see the end of this project. Bob.

03-Apr-13
Damn, very nice...

From: Bill V
03-Apr-13
Chris, you are having a grilling party this year so we can all see it in person, right??

Looks good so far.

Bill V.

From: midwest
03-Apr-13
Like said, one of the best hunt stories on Bowsite. Love the taxi play by play, too!

SDHNTR, link is in the first post.

From: BowMad23
03-Apr-13
Fabulous original story and great job of showing the detail going into the mount! The mounting process appears to be very well thought out (maybe even going over board a bit! ;^) ). Congrats again and can't wait to see the final product.

From: Bowfreak
03-Apr-13
Extremely well done. Congrats on a beautiful trophy!

From: jerseyjohn
03-Apr-13
More Chris!!!! JJ

From: PAstringking
03-Apr-13
that looks to be the perfect location for your bighorn!! cant wait to see it in its final resting place

From: Mark Watkins
03-Apr-13
Chris, Just went back and read your Canmore Adventure....one more time! I think that is my third time! Well done......we loom forward to the final "monster mount!"

Mark

From: redtail
03-Apr-13
Yup, been waitin for this one. Awesome story, awesome ram and surely an awesome mount!

From: Eric B.
03-Apr-13
Very cool ! If I remember right my horns weighed about 36 lbs. I reinforced mine as well. Better save than sorry.

From: Shug
03-Apr-13
Very cool....and congrats. If I ever shoot something worthy of a Jim Kelly mount I'll be a happy camper....

From: city hunter
03-Apr-13
chris u best support them big horns thats a great canmore ram ..

Its good to see the mad man jim doing his magic on your ram !

jUST wait till Jim does the rock work for this mount !!

From: Busta'Ribs
03-Apr-13
Just like everything in life, it's the little details that make the difference between good and great.

It's always a good thing when you get to look up ones nose.

Of course, the animal has to have nostrils!

And lips don't hurt either.

This won't work.

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But it's nothing that can't be fixed.

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Jim makes all his ear liners.

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From: Busta'Ribs
03-Apr-13
Prepping the cape, let's mount this thing already.

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Setting the horns:

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From: Busta'Ribs
03-Apr-13
To me, this is the most critical point in the mount, setting the eyes. I don't care how big the animal is, or how great the mount is done, if the eyes are not perfect, it's going to be the first thing I notice.

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Sculpting/setting the eyes:

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From: Busta'Ribs
03-Apr-13
On goes the cape, finally!

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I told you the eyes make the mount!

From: city hunter
03-Apr-13
what a ram looking great . I see one of my deer in the back drop .

Chris how high is this mount going to be !

From: 2tuna@home
03-Apr-13
What a fantastic thread. Incredible animal and a great peek into what goes into a full-body mount.

Thanks.

From: trkyslr
03-Apr-13
Flat out awesome!!!!

From: 'Ike'
04-Apr-13
"Flat out awesome!!!!" +1

From: BOWUNTR
04-Apr-13
Incredible... I love this thread. Ed F

From: Shick
04-Apr-13
Fantastic! Jim and his crew are awesome. Good for you. Shick

From: Jaeger63
04-Apr-13
A true artist at work! Busta, thanks for sharing such an interesting thread with us.

From: midwest
04-Apr-13
Truly an artist.

04-Apr-13
looking very good

From: rodney482
04-Apr-13
Gorgeous

From: huntmaster
04-Apr-13
It keeps getting better!!

From: blg
04-Apr-13
These threads showing the taxidermists process are Great .. thanks for sharing, congrats on a beautiful ram , the hunt And the mount. Brian

From: M.Pauls
04-Apr-13
That's unreal. Beautiful ram. These threads encourage me to never question a good taxidermist's price.

From: havoc
04-Apr-13
Thanks for sharing the pics, that is quite a process!! No matter what anyone says, taxidermists truely are artists.

From: Dave Smith
04-Apr-13
So much hard work! Looking killer!!!!

From: Busta'Ribs
04-Apr-13
Time to start sewing this thing up.

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Thought those legs couldn't be fixed?

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Let's make sure his hair game is on.

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How big is it Jim?

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Mounted!

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From: Busta'Ribs
04-Apr-13
Next, the rock base. Start with some pre-cast rock panel.

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Cut it into hundreds of pieces, and re-arrange.

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From: Busta'Ribs
04-Apr-13
I really want to thank Jim for letting me take all these photos and for allowing me to post them on a public forum. I remember attending a sheep convention a few years back with Jim and we noticed another taxidermist's display contained a mount with some interesting pre-fab rock work. When Jim asked the guy what the material was he became indignant and abrasive and spouting off about "Trade Secrets"! Obviously, Jim has no issues with me showing the world how he works his magic.

This ram is really the finest trophy I will ever take and I really couldn't be happier with the way the mount turned out.

I hope you guys like it.

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From: Busta'Ribs
04-Apr-13
A few more from the multiple angles this unique location provides.

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View from my old man easy chair.

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From: Aubs8
04-Apr-13
Congratulations Chris! Great animal, mount and thread! Thanks for sharing! Mike

From: bigrigNE
04-Apr-13
BADASS

From: jerseyjohn
04-Apr-13
Excellent Chris! Congrats on a beautiful ram and mount! Jim did a fantastic job! JJ

04-Apr-13
Wow, just wow! Awesome mount and trophy...

From: BOWUNTR
04-Apr-13
Bad Ass is an understatement. WOW... Ed F

From: Jim in PA
04-Apr-13
Great thread Chris. Now I can get back to real work instead of checking this thread every time I walk by my computer or pick up my cell phone. Now if we can get Waterfowler to pick up the pace!

04-Apr-13
Really cool! Grats!

From: redtail
04-Apr-13
Yes it is an AWESOME mount! The multiple angles lets you enjoy it from all sides! The snow is a nice touch to remind you of how cold it really was, heh heh... Thank you!

From: HuntnBigGame
04-Apr-13
Stunning, Thanks for sharing all the pics. Congrats!!

From: edge1771
04-Apr-13
That's one awesome trophy and a great mount. Congrats!

From: bullelk
04-Apr-13
Great work on a tremendous trophy. This really helps me appreciate what goes into the taxidermy process. Good ones are true artists.

From: N.Phelps
04-Apr-13
That is absolutely incredible! Fantastic animal and thread. The hunt report thread is one of the best ever on this site, BTW. Congratulations!

From: Mark Watkins
04-Apr-13
That frontal shot is EPIC! Very tastefully done!

Mark

From: Chip T.
04-Apr-13
C'est magnifique!!!!!!!! Great thread.

04-Apr-13
BR, congrats on your beautiful sheep!!!! Thanks for sharing the mounting process, your guy did an unbelievable job!

DJ

From: T Mac
04-Apr-13
Stunning what a great way to honor a beautiful ram. Start to finish simply a hard earned well deserved trophy. Thanks for sharing!

From: ml335
04-Apr-13
Great story thanks for sharing the pics

From: primitve
04-Apr-13
Dude, I thought your goat mount was unbeatable. This one tops it. Love the pose and especially where you have it located. Nicely done you savage!

From: Hawkeye
04-Apr-13
Awesome Chris!

From: trkyslr
05-Apr-13
Wow awesome so jealous!!!!!!!!! U da man

From: AZ~Rich
05-Apr-13
Chris, That's one of the better works of Taxidermist Art I've seen. A big Kudos are in order for your friend Jim, as he created for you a really magnificant and unique mount that has it all. Of course a huge congratulations to you on such a great hunt and lifetime trophy. I myself only have one BH (Desert), but dream of getting a Rocky Mtn or Stone someday. I am very inspired by what you both have accomplished. NICE!!!

Rich

05-Apr-13
Wow wow triple wow...great mount and shows why good Taxidermy is so expensive...

From: midwest
05-Apr-13
Can't believe how perfect the angle of the mount matches the angle of the staircase.

Absolutely gorgeous!

From: PAstringking
05-Apr-13
Truly awesome trophy and mount. Perfect spot also!!

From: Bill V
05-Apr-13
Man thats awesome Chris. Perfect choice of location for the mount.

Bill V.

05-Apr-13
Just beautiful.

From: Rob Register
05-Apr-13
Astonishing work.

From: Bullshooter
05-Apr-13
Great ram and taxidermy. Hopefully Jim's openness will lead to more business for him. Is that normal for it to take over 2 years since the hunt?

From: SlipShot
05-Apr-13
Breathtaking thank you for sharing!

From: Busta'Ribs
05-Apr-13
Putting one of these threads together takes time. It took about 18 months for Jim to mount my ram, I think. But I've been super busy with work for the past 6 months and just got some time to post this.

Jim's turn around time is not normally two years, or even a year and a half. This one took a little more time because the cape was in such bad shape and because it took me a long time to decide on the position, form and location of the mount.

Jim may take a little bit longer than some but the quality guys are always going to be in higher demand. But trust me, it's worth the wait!

Thanks again guys for all the kind words. And thanks again to Jim Kelly for such a great job.

Besides being a great taxidermist, Jim is also a very passionate and accomplished sheep hunter himself. This is one of the reasons he's so good on the high-country, life size mounts.

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05-Apr-13
Chris, congrats on getting him home, enjoy and relive for years to come.

From: Butts
05-Apr-13
"View from my old man easy chair."

Or the view from your "Treestand" touch it...and I will come to anchor!!!

Gorgeous just gorgeous !!!!!!!!!

From: AZStickman
05-Apr-13
That is one of the nicest mounts I've seen...... it looks like the sheep are even happy to know who will be working on them....... Terry

From: michaelw
05-Apr-13
Great Thread! Congratulations to you all around and thanks for taking the time to post all the great pics, very enjoyable!

06-Apr-13
Awesome thread!

Josh

From: BULELK1
06-Apr-13
Pretty dang cool Taxi job and a perfect location to put him in your home.

Good luck, Robb

From: city hunter
06-Apr-13

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When i brought my ram to Jim he started on it ASAP. Had it done before i had the coin saved :) I never seen a guy work as hard as JIm long hours/ weekends.

From: HuntnBigGame
06-Apr-13
Busta, I thought I seen everything but what is that in the first pic above the stone sheep???

From: Busta'Ribs
06-Apr-13
That's a giant Tur (pronounced "tour"), killed in Azerbaijan.

A great Tur hunt can still be done for around $8k and compared to a North American sheep hunt, is still an unbelievable bargain.

They are not very bow -huntable, though, which is unfortunate.

I'd love to do that someday.

From: Busta'Ribs
06-Apr-13

From: Medicinemann
06-Apr-13
Chris,

What a great animal.....and an outstanding thread!

Jake

From: HuntnBigGame
06-Apr-13
Thanks, Yeah never heard of that one.

From: havoc
29-May-13
That is an incredible mount, thanks for sharing!!!

From: Bowfreak
29-May-13
Simply beautiful mount! Awesome Chris!

From: jerseyjohn
29-May-13
Great sheep Chris! Wonderful mounts! JJ

From: Hollywood
29-May-13
Great mount!!!

Whew! Bomber Tur!!!!

29-May-13
I am glad this came back up because I missed it....AWESOME!!! That is one of the best ideas I have seen for a mount location and some exceptional taxidermy! Congrats and thanks for sharing the process.

Matt

From: Duke
29-May-13
This coupled with the original hunt/kill thread are two of the top ten threads of all time on here... GOOD STUFF!

29-May-13

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What an outstanding hunt and a great trophy. That is a truly beautiful mount. Thank you for taking the time to share throughout the entire process.

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From: Tao
01-Jun-13
One word.. WOW.... Great job on the thread

Tao

From: pav
01-Jun-13
"I am glad this came back up because I missed it....AWESOME!!!"

X2 Matt!

Incredible thread Chris. Thanks for sharing!

From: Ermine
01-Jun-13
Badass!!!!! Great mount

01-Jun-13
What more can I say that hasn't been already said...great hunt, top shelf guide, awesome taxidermist and mount, great story, priceless memory to have forever!

From: JLS
02-Jun-13
What a phenomenal looking mount! Wow, just wow! Your taxi is a first class artist, and what a magnificent sheep you gave him to work on.

Did you cape it with a chainsaw? :^)

From: Jasper
03-Jun-13
Tough to come up with the words as to how awesome this thread is......congrats doesn't seem to do it justice! WOW, WOW, WOW! You da man......

From: Mad Trapper
04-Jun-13
Oustanding work! Everytime you look at it, you will remember the good and tough times of the hunt.

From: brbrooks
04-Jun-13
Wow is all I can say. Who you gonna get to mount that big buck your gonna shoot over here in November?Ha ha. Maybe I will be sending one his way. That is awesome

From: Tilzbow
04-Jun-13
Incredible mount! Now I understand why the full body mounts on habitat are so expensive. This thread gives us all a real appreciation for how much work goes into these high quality mounts and those little details make the difference between an okay mount and a work of art like this one.

From: Lechwe
12-Jun-13
Absolutely fabulous!!!!!

From: Surfbow
13-Jun-13
Wow, these threads showing the taxis at work are awesome!

13-Jun-13
I am wanting to hunt the Rocky Bighorn and looking at Busta's mount makes me gitty and drool a bit. Awesome.

From: Mark Watkins
13-Jun-13
The NWT is calling........Very nicely done Chris and Jim!

Mark

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