Yes I actually hunted 5 species of game animals in New Zealand including Red Stag, Fallow, Tahr, Chamois, and an Arapawa ram. I'm still waiting for my taxidermist to do my Arapawa ram, and here are some close-ups of the others.Thanks for posting! Did you hunt fallow and tahr in New Zealand?
Thanks pilnser I could have used a partner on a number of those hunts....Like one of those moose that I shot 5 miles back in from my truck with only my 2 horses and my dog to help me get him out. Same story with the goat, the bighorn rams, one of the elk (along with many others that I didn't mount), many antelope, and one black bear that were all solo hunts.Well now I know what I want to be when (if) I ever grow up. I wanna be your hunting partner!
Thanks for sharing the pics.
Perhaps you can write out the stories behind some of the mounts as I'm sure we wo5uld all love to hear them.
Great ram! I’ve been bow hunting them annually for the last 5 years without success. I’ve seen them like yours but no cigar yet!Christmas comes in many forms. This year my taxidermist called to tell me that he finished my New Zealand Arapawa ram. While he had it hang on the wall in his shop he said that he had quite a few people come in and ask "What is that thing?"
My girlfriend says that it is my ugliest mount, but I tell her that it is just unique, like a sheep with short dreadlocks.
The best wall space that I could find to hang him was in my Living Room where I had my New Zealand Chamois so I moved the Chamois high on the wall above my big elk in my Trophy Room.
Thanks Richard,@buffybr and @Kiwi that trophy room is like visiting a museum, amazing!
It never ceases to amaze me the quality of trophy animal in NZ, we rarely see them like the Fallow and Stag you have there in the UK unless they are in a park.
Do you remember each of those successful hunts?
I booked my first guided hunt in 1999 for Dall sheep in Canada's Northwest Territories. It was a backpack hunt primarily for a Dall ram, but I also bought tags for a mountain caribou, a wolf, and a wolverine.Got a good story on the Gulo gulo?
Super neat creature that I have yet to see in the wild.