Sitka Gear
Recent Trophy Handling / Shipping Costs
International
Contributors to this thread:
Stubbleduck 08-May-24
Bou'bound 08-May-24
greg simon 08-May-24
Nyati 08-May-24
Stubbleduck 08-May-24
Straight Shooter 08-May-24
ILbowhntr 08-May-24
Bou'bound 09-May-24
greg simon 09-May-24
redneck hunter 10-May-24
bghunter 11-May-24
Ken Moody Safaris 11-May-24
bghunter 11-May-24
Ken Moody Safaris 12-May-24
bghunter 12-May-24
From: Stubbleduck
08-May-24
Timing and charges for my trophies taken last august (8/2023). Shipment is currently on a truck from Chicago to Minneapolis for arrival tomorrow 5/9/2024.

Salted skins etc. as listed below received 9/5/2023 by Trophy Solutions Africa (Polokwane, Limpopo) from Afrika Barrel and Bow Safaris.

# DESCRIPTION SKULL HORN SHLDR BACK FULL FLAT FEET OTHER (Plains Game; CITES; TOPS) TUSK CAPE SKIN CAPE SKIN 1 Buffalo ? ? 2 Leg Bones, Scrotum 2 Honey Badger ? n/a ? 3 Baboon, Chacma ? n/a Skull 4 Zebra, Burchell's ? n/a ? B/Jaw 5

Dip and Pack plus shipping to Johannesburg $1779.00

Shipment received by Condor Cargo Johannesburg 3/18/2024 Assorted paperwork and documentation plus air freight to Coppersmith in Chicago via Turkish Airlines $1466.33

Shipment received in Chicago by Coppersmith 4/11/2024. Various import clearances and shipping to Minneapolis $1650.98

Shipment received by Taxidermy Unlimited (Burnsville, MN) 5/9/2024

From: Bou'bound
08-May-24
What does one do with a baboon

From: greg simon
08-May-24
Baboon is easy. What do you do with a Buffalo scrotum???

From: Nyati
08-May-24
My stone sheep scrotal sac got lost at tannery. I’ve never gotten over it

From: Stubbleduck
08-May-24
Baboon is just the skull......An interesting addition to my skull collection.

The Buffalo scrotum I kept at the suggestion of the PH without giving it a great deal of thought. Since then I have seen one set up as a pencil holder. Don't have any other ideas yet. If you have some let me know.

At a much younger age I had the scrotum of a Black Angus calf (Collected while castrating several at a farm) dried and stretched over the gear shift knob of my Karmann Ghia. Was a great conversation topic on first dates.....usually starting with "What is that"? Then proceeding somewhat unpredictably.

08-May-24
Yikes

From: ILbowhntr
08-May-24
Seems kinda high.

From: Bou'bound
09-May-24
No suggestion on the buffalo sack but the calf sack in the gear shift is something most all guys have in high school so nothing really noteworthy about that item.

From: greg simon
09-May-24
Maybe put some golf balls in it. You know, use it for a ball sack…

10-May-24
My friend just got hit for nearly $7,000 for getting his animals from South Africa processed and delivered to his taxidermist here in Missouri. Taxidermy could easily hit $20,000 as well.

From: bghunter
11-May-24
Ouch that seems high and one reason I am hesitate to go back.

11-May-24
The main reason there’s an uptick in trophy shipping is that many airlines that once flew trophies as cargo have stopped, cowering in the face of animal rights groups objections. Delta for one, no longer flies African trophies back to the US. In fact, Turkish Air is becoming the primary carrier and may soon monopolize the business. Many airlines we once counted on, no longer transport trophies. Transport via ship is not always a cost effective option due to destination location and costs associated with that, but quite a bit less expensive when proximity is optimal.

From: bghunter
11-May-24
Ken,

That is such a shame that companies give in to the pressure, but in today's world not shocking.

Just curious why is shipping via ship not always an option?

12-May-24
Shipping via ship is usually always an option but can be more expensive than air based on final destination of crate/proximity to port. Sorry, my previous post was a bit misleading so I edited it and added this one.

From: bghunter
12-May-24
Thanks Ken, that makes sense to me.

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