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Namibian Trophies...

Regarding a full sized leopard trophy taken in Namibia:

Is it better to have the complete taxidermy (full life sized) 100% performed in Namibia then shipped to USA?

or

Is it better to do the "pack and dip" and ship it to USA for taxidermy?

I would guess that the taxidermists in Namibia would be FAR more experienced at dangerous game trophies.

Also, how dependable is the trophy shipping? Anyone have any stories of lost trophies?

Thanks for reading,...

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Namibian Trophies...

you'll need a CITIES permit from the USA to import it into the USA...that you must get well before hand as they only issue so many per year...ask 10 people and you'll get at least 10 difference of opinions as where to get your taxidermy work done....Mine is get it done here in the USA...I've had stuff done in Namibia and wasn't happy with it and that was after looking at alot of different shops's work..they all have nice stuff in the showrooms but that's where it ends!...another thing to consider is just suppose an ear or paw, etc breaks in shipping now what...you going to ask a taxi here to fix it? ..or suppose your mount looks bad,cats are hard to get the face correct on...now what...you're going to pay BIG$ to get it fixed here IF it can be fixed at all ! !
Yes there are a few shops in Africa whom do good work but they cost just as much as having it done here. There are MANY, MANY outstanding taxidermists here in the states...join SCI and look in their monthly mag for examples.
Saving money and hunting in Africa just doesn't go together...it is costly and at least 50% of the hunt cost can be added to get taxidermy work done not counting any shipping.

I've read a few of your posts...do yourself a HUGE favor...do more research before you drop a chunk of cash....operators drool over finding someone whom has more $ that common sense. No sense bending over and asking for it !!!!!!!

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All input is appreciated...

Yes, all input is appreciated. I realize that many of my questions seem basic,
however, my research has just begun and have met many positive, upbeat and very helpful people.

Yep, my posts reveal that I am "New2BigGame",..yes, I joined SCI just last week. I'm just returning to hunting after many, MANY years,..I've only returned to hunting since Jan 2008...

After asking a few people at the local Mensa meeting and finding none that expressed even the slightest interest in hunting, common sense dictated that this forum may be a good place to pose my questions, and for local hunting, I decided to pose my questions to another group.

Common sense is GREAT! Here in Nevada, I hunt cougar, been out twice, spotted one once, no dogs, no bait, no outfitters. Common sense dictated I ask a person that is Shoshone, a Native American tribe of this region, who later that week, introduced me to an older gentleman that loves to hike and track. Within a couple of hours we were tracking, behind fresh cougar tracks. It's only a matter of time...and these are mere weekend day trips, six-eight hours, sometimes less.

Made common sense to ask them, since I learned to hunt in a region (SE USA) that is VERY different than the high desert/rangelands of Northern Nevada. Putting a bullet on target is the easy part,..getting eyes on game is the challenge...so I ask those that know....

I have no intention of "bending over and asking for it" but, I don't mind paying for quality either.

Thanks for all the input,..........

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Namibian Trophies...

hire yourself a hunting consultant, there are many good ones. Ask them all the questions you want as they will be eager to answer them to get you to book your trip through them. The good ones know the areas they represent as well as the game populations...the good ones rely on repeat business.
some to avoid...Atkinsons, McCarthy

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Ones to avoid,..

"some to avoid...."

I appreciate that......Thanks again

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