"Majestic", "royal", "dignified" - all words used to describe this species, the most wide spread of the deer species introduced to New Zealand. Their genetic origin greatly influences the antler structure and body size. The New Zealand red deer owes its origins to Scottish, English, German, Danish and Yugoslavian blood stock. This mixture has resulted in the diversity in appearance of individuals. Re-creating an individual animal is a very difficult task. A wide selection of mannequins are required and often alterations must be made to incorporate the characteristics of more than one mannequin. Although closely related to Wapiti (Elk), a Red Stag should never be mounted on a North American Elk form.

 

 

The handsome Elizabethan ruff (mane) of a bull tahr trophy is as much a part of the trophy as the horns. A bull tahr in rut (May to August) assumes an aggressive sneak position puffing this mane out into a rosette to increase his appearance of size. Few taxidermists are able to capture this. Underlying the long hair is a muscular body supported by short legs. The sturdy shoulders are the bulls' dominating physical feature. With an understanding of this anatomy, good tanning and patient taxidermy, the mane can be shown to its best advantage.

 

 

Native to central and southern Europe the Chamois is the most graceful, lively and entertaining of our game animals. There is grace in every line of Chamois form, the seasonal colour patterns and curved horns make for an attractive trophy. Contrary to popular belief, Chamois do not favour high peaks but prefer the scrub fringes. Ever watchful, they have keen eyesight and tend to look at you downward over their noses. It is this expression that creates the unique Chamois look.

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