What about the trophies?

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This is where it begins, or ends, depending on your perspective. The boiling pot, and quite a handsome one it is...wood stacked up just waiting for your trophy. African skinners are excellent at what they do and make few mistakes when skinning/caping your trophies. Because refrigeration is usually not available, the challenge is to get the game skinned as quickly as possible to avoid hair-slip. Zebras are especially sensitive if not skinned immediately and fleshed out to remove the layer of yellow fat that makes them so tasty to leopard. Salt is also extremely important. Tragically, some outfitters are using the cheaper Botswanan pan salt which is laced with impurities that seem to affect the tanning processes adversely destroying capes. You want to make sure that your outfitter is using Namibian sea salt. It is more expensive but definitely worth it.

Once the skulls are boiled and capes salted and dried they go to an in-country taxidermist for dipping and packing. Cost’s vary depending on the number and kind of trophies, but count on a minimum of $350 here. It’s a good idea to meet these people as they have a lot to do with when your stuff is shipped out, and in what condition. They also can make, or have made, gun cases from back-skins and other knick-knacks from other body parts. If you are hunting with friends, shipping your trophies together can save you money.

Next stop, the freight-forwarder. These are the guys that take care of getting your shipment on a flight home and are also instrumental in combining your shipment to one palette if you are dealing with several crates.