- 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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