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You’ve just had the most amazing African hunting experience and you have lots of stories to tell everyone at home about the hunt, the people and the wildlife of Africa. Now all that is to remain, is evidence of this amazing safari. Photographs can always be photo-shopped, but not trophies! The issue as to where to take your trophies is a very important consideration. Choosing the correct Taxidermy is very important because a bad decision or even a cheap option can ruin your trophy forever.
African San Taxidermy Studio is situated in the heart of South Africa’s Northern Cape. This is an ideal location, as it places the studio at the epicenter of a true hunting paradise. Clients’ preferences are extremely important and are valued by this studio. From looking at different photographs to looking at real examples of different mounts, they really try to get the mount as right as you want it to be.
Creativity comes naturally to the dedicated team of taxidermy professionals. The taxidermist’s see each mount, not only as work to be finished but as an individual work of art. Hunters and outfitters from across the African continent trust African San Taxidermy Studio to continually produce exceptional trophy mounts, full mounts, and all other taxidermy products. One of the reasons for this, is the appropriate systems and structures are in place to make sure that you get the highest standard trophy. Clients receive their completed, professionally packed trophies in countries all over the world, including the USA, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Spain, Germany, and France. Their current turnaround time is approximately 6 months, after confirmation of order, until the day of delivery to your export company. The African San staff is continually the exposal of the client to aid in this process and to make sure that you get your trophy on time and in good quality.
When choosing the right Taxidermy, be careful of super low prices. Good quality taxidermy work include good quality of materials to be used for tanning etc. If you receive quotes that are outside the market price, it always raises the question whether your taxidermist used good quality materials. You want your trophy to both look good and to last! And with staff at the African San Taxidermy, that has more than 30 years’ experience, you can be assured that your trophies are in good hands.
As state veterinarian-approved high-risk taxidermy, African San Taxidermy Studio complies with the strictest standards set by authorities in South Africa and all other countries around the world. They can import from all African hunting destinations and export to any country in the world.
You can always trust African San Taxidermy Studio to make sure you’ll forever remember your wonderful African hunting experience.
A Bucket List is a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. Your Hunting Bucket List is exactly the same. There is an extremely diverse assortment of game animals available in Africa. A hunter needs to narrow down the species he intends to take on a given safari as all species are not common to a single geographical area. Here are two animals that not a lot of people have hunted before, and if you haven’t hunted one of them yet, it should definitely be on your Hunting Bucket List for your next trip to South Africa.
The Roan is the second largest antelope in Africa. This fairly large antelope is indigenous to the northern reaches of Southern Africa. However, game ranching has made him available in many places where it was not previously found. The “roan” in its name refers to its coloring, which shows a strawberry tint when the light is right. The .270 Win should be the absolute minimum when hunting Roan. The 30 calibers is a much better choice. Your best bet for hunting roan antelope is a good .338 magnum, the 9.3mm or the trusty .375 H&H. The high heart/lung shot will do nicely for the side-on presentation, straight up the front leg one-third into the body. Be cautious when hunting the roan antelope, as this big fellow can be extremely dangerous. Definitely one for your Hunting Bucket List.
The Tsessebe is reputed to be the fastest of all African antelope. It has a dark face with purple blotches on the shoulders, whereas the withers and upper body are reddish-brown. The .270 Win and a good expanding 130-grain bullet should be considered the minimum. Rather look to the 7mm’s or the 30 calibers with up to 180-grain bullets for a better result when hunting Tsessebe. Do not be fooled by the hump on its shoulder, it may cause you to shoot too high. With a side-on presentation, the high heart-lung shot is the recommended medicine, up the front leg about one-third into the body. Do not place your shot any higher than the midline. If you take a shoulder shot, place it a bit further up and farther forward than you would the standard high heart shot. The neck is a bit too slender to recommend the neck/spinal shot. If while hunting Tsessebe, he offers the frontal shot, take care and place your shot in the center of the chest between the shoulder joints; wait until he lifts or turns his head. When spooked, he will run a short distance, stop and look back, even if serious danger has threatened. There is its mistake, and there is your shot.
Goals that are not written down are just wishes. We would accomplish much more things if we did not think of them as impossible. South Africa should be on the top of your Bucket List as a Holiday destination. Its unsurpassed wildlife combined with wonderful clear skies, amazing sunsets, breath-taking natural scenery, history, culture and some of the best vineyards in the world will ensure an adventure you will never forget!
The skills female hunters can teach their children – Most parents, and especially women, reconsider their lifestyle when their children are born. They consider whom they befriend, how they act in public and in what daily activities they engage in. Hunting is also something every mother should consider when having children.
Here are some things children learn when they see their mother hunting, or go with her, when hunting.
Emotional management is crucial to hunting. Every mother has a choice of how she wants her child to see her. Most mothers would agree that they would like their children to think they are strong enough and able to handle a variety of problems or situations. Being too stressed or too excited could all lead to a failed hunting attempt. Sometimes the day doesn’t go according to plan. Unfortunately, that is how life is too. Children need to see their mother handle disappointment and success, so that as they grow, they are able to reflect back on those moments and learn from them. It makes for good life lessons.
Hunting is a skill that needs to be practiced. One does not just take up a weapon and shoot. Time, effort and dedication needs to be put in. Children learn what weapon to use for what type of game and what to take into consideration when shooting long distances for instance. Through this they learn that acquiring a skill takes practice and dedication.
Walking in the bush for day in and day out creates perseverance. Unlike what most people think, hunting can be tedious, as well as rewarding. Walking and stalking a specific prey can take hours and days. Most women hunt with men, who might physically be more able than they are. During that time, each woman comes face to face with the knowledge of her own physical strength, ability to persevere, ability to fail and ability to succeed. It is often acknowledged how people gain self-insight through periods of hardship. A hunting trip can create that same situation for self-reflection for women.
Benefits of nature
Child specialists all agree that playing outside has definite developmental advantages, from enhanced physical development to increased health from vitamin D exposure through the sun. Children (and also their mothers) do therefore not only develop physically when in nature, but they also experience nature through the feeling of crisp mornings and spectacular sunsets and sunrises. When children are in nature they have a chance to see how animals behave and what animals move during what time of day and season. The only way you can truly gain such knowledge is by spending time in nature.
Hunting teaches that small things count. One needs to be aware of nature and all its facets. The time of day, temperature and direction of the wind all affects the behavior of animals and one therefore need to adapt one ones expectations. Because nature doesn’t change according to your whims. A child learn to respect nature and that there is something bigger than their own needs.
Hunting teaches all involved what role they play in the eco-system and how important it is to look after all role-players in the system. From the conservation of endangered animals, to feeding and taking care of the local communities through feeding schemes and work creation. Children learn how to handle weapons responsibly, keep it safe and have respect for it. Children learn to not only be aware of their own safety, but also to be aware of the safety of others. In a world that teaches freedom of expression and behavior, hunting teaches the control of behavior.
A trophy to a hunter doesn’t just mean a head on a wall. There is a misconception that hunting is only to the benefit of the hunter. What is often ignored is the fact that for each trophy that is hunted, there is a direct influence on the community.
A trophy never gets wasted. It is usually taken to be skinned so that all parts of the animal can be put to use.
Providing meat to communities and others
According to Stats Africa, Africa comprises out of 75% of the world’s poorest countries. Many things that others take for granted, Africans see as a luxury – even basic necessities, such as clean running water, electricity, and sanitary can in some communities be seen as luxury. Providing much-needed food for those communities are an integral part of community service. Most farms make sure that their own workers and the workers family gets enough meat. The meat is not only used to feed the workers on the farm, but is very often donated to less fortunate communities. The game meat of the trophy can also be made into patties, mince, sausage, fillets and stews. South African delicacies, such as biltong (dried meat), dry sausages and chilli bites, are also made and much enjoyed.
In South Africa, we do take conservation seriously. Most people working within the hunting industry loves nature – that’s why they choose to be professional hunters. In order to be a good professional hunter you need to be able to sense what goes on around you in nature and have knowledge about animals, their habitat and behavior. They need to have knowledge about plants, bushes and trees and that you only get through appreciating nature and putting in extra time and effort into learning about nature.
Profits of hunting
Hunting is a profitable business, as money needs to be made in order to provide the necessary infrastructure, water provision and sometimes vet services in order to look after the animals. There has also been quite a few community projects, as can be seen when you look at PHASA’s “Hunters Care” Activities. Two examples of community projects that have been funded by hunting, is the Wild Hearts Rehabilitation Centre, as well as the Wintershoek Pre-Primary School.
Wild Hearts Rehabilitation Centre
The Wild Hearts Rehabilitation Centre focus on the rehabilitation of injured or orphaned animals and re-introduce them back into their native habitat. Animals that would have died if left out into the wild are given a second chance at life.
Wintershoek Pre-Primary School
This school gives the local children an opportunity to go to a school that can prepare them before entering the primary school years. It has a qualified teacher that focus on their educational, emotional and social development. The school is open to all children in the vicinity and is specifically targeted at parents who do not have the financial capability to send their children elsewhere. The school is for free and provides two nourishing meals a day for the children attending.