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Let's see your African mounts
Trying to decide on forms/poses for shoulder mounts on eland, Impala, wildebeest, bushbuck, and waterbuck. Let's see what you've got. Have never had a wall pedestal mount....what do you guys have have them think? Thanks!
Of the species you requested I only have Impalas.
Here is a full Pedestal McKenzie RT form on my first African animal- a 26" archery Ram.
And a modified Wall Pedestal (my taxidermist rounded off the extended leg on my Black-faced Impala.
I am a huge fan of WP mounts. I don't really like them right next to another one, but if you mix it up I think it really adds to displaying your stuff.
Looking at this for my potential elk this fall when I finally put my tag on bull, check out Trufitts website they have some great forms.
I like wall pedestal mounts. They look good mixed in with regular shoulder mounts. Here is a good example with my two Impalas. I would definitely get a wall pedestal mount on your Bushbuck.
Here is a wall pedestal Nyala. A bushbuck mount like this would be nice.
Mckenzie wall pedestal blue wildebeest
Waterbuck termite pedestal
Here's my wildebeest with the above McKenzie form
Impala wall pedestal and hartebeest
Mystical self hovering impala wall pedestal! :)
They score warthogs? I guess you can put lipstick on a pig...
My personal favorite, Jett Forms gemsbok wall pedestal.
Man! Those are some nice mounts.
I love wall pedestals and have had several done. They add a new dimension to the mounts. Some I do with a little scenery, some without. I like a little fake rock for mtn animals with a wall pedestal
my next trip I want a red hartebeest Bad!!!!!
... did someone say Red Hartebeest???
No Mercy- that is a pig man!! Congrats on a super trophy and nice mounts.
any one have pictures of their dik-dik mounted?
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thanks Dennis I knew someone would a mount of one of those things.
No offense Dennis but that is not a Dik Dik, it is a Steenbok.
I know... never said it was a dik- dik.
No Dik Diks here either..
I will be making room for a lifesize bushbuck, warthog coming out of his den and very big eland shoulder mount.
This one is just too perfect for this spot to move into my "Cave" for now.
for ottomans and shield I used up some old backskins
My N American office is pretty crowded too.
My wildebeest with wal pedestal mount
Rich... how about a close-up photo of that shield.
That shield is way too cool & a great project for backskins.
Yes, thanks, I was wondering what to do with my waterbuck backskin and voila this seemed to work. I made the frame from oak hardwood, routed (rounded) the corners steamed the two sides in a 4" PVC pipe and bowed them onto a jig to secure while they cooled. You only have a minute or two to do it out of the steam. I used kudu and waterbuck backskin cut into strips for lashing, Impala backskin (white belly) for the inset vertical ribbons woven on each side, Kudu tail spiraled at top with red hardebeest tail (black) spiraled on top of that. Finally the small tail dangling near the top is from my springbok. So, actually five species of antelope are incorporated.
It was patterned after Zulu shields which are made of hardened cowhide (rawhide) without an outside frame but hey, who cares. The lion spear I bought from a Masai warrior in Tanzania in 1974. I don't think they named their lions either, just killed them single-handed in order to enter into full manhood in that society.
ornamenal top from Zulu patterns made from Kudu and Hardebeest tails spiraled onto post plus springbok tail dangling
I wsan't going to shoot a Warthog, but couldn't pass this one up!
Very nice mounts guys! Lots of good ideas for when I get my stuff back from this year's trip.
Kota.... Holy crap, that is one BIG warthog!!
... thanks Rich, I'm going to have to make me a shield. If my wife will let me... wow, I never say that... but, she really loves the backskins more than the mounts.
kota... what a HOG, WOW!!!
That is a nice warthog for sure. I finally got a big old one last year which I don't think I'll ever top. Here he is before.
If I ever make it to Africa I'm going to try and take one of those little steenbok. Everytime I see the miniature things I get fascinated all over again.
Cheque, just up the ante and go for the "Small Five". Species and countries I harvested them are below:
Duiker (Botswana and Zim) Steenbok (Botswana) Grysbok (Zim) Klipspringer (Zim) Oribi (Tanzania)
I completed mine (quest started in 2001) this last trip with my Oribi. Our PH, who is frequently on TV and often a panelist at conventions, was laughing his butt off about how he's "never spent so much f-ing time glassing Oribi on a safari". We got a great "bull" and then I had to focus on a "bull" Dik Dik. Yes, put one of those in the salt.
It really makes you appreciate the diversity of the continent. As a young child, I was always fascinated with my father's Duiker and I think that's were my little antelope passion began.
Appreciate everything you take over there. You never know when your best trophy of the entire trip is the one with 2" horns!