Nevada Antelope Mount is Done

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 7,341 Senior Member
...and it looks mighty fine. The taxidermist shot and sent a couple of pics from inside of his shop, which resides just outside of Reno. I paid a little more than I normally would for a shoulder mount on the recommendation of a trusted friend: a guy who just so happened to shoot the #1 NV desert big horn sheep of the 2014 season (which also ended up being the #2 all-time Nevada desert big horn). He had a full body mount of his 185 6/8" sheep done by this taxidermist and said that he absolutely trusts him. When I got emails from said taxidermist requesting pictures and specific details of my antelope's appearance, I knew I was in good hands. From a distance, it looks like he did a great job.

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Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.

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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,750 Senior Member
    Great mount! Find a place of honor for that.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,841 Senior Member
    :worthy:
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,851 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    :worthy:

    Beautiful, but you SUCK so bad!!!
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,909 Senior Member
    :cool2:That looks very nice from where I am sitting.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,597 Senior Member
    Pretty mount!!
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,539 Senior Member
    Very nice. Goats make for such great shoulder mounts.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,047 Senior Member
    Nicely done...can't beat someone who knows what they're doing....
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,341 Senior Member
    Thanks, guys. It's another great memory for a hunt that really exceeded my expectations. I may get frustrated with how long it takes to draw a tag in Nevada, but there's no denying that having only 22 other tag holders in your entire unit when you do draw, in this case, makes for a helluva hunt.
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    Very nice. Goats make for such great shoulder mounts.

    They really do. I'll be honest: I've wanted one shoulder mounted ever since I saw how beautiful yours turned out. In fact, I even wanted a straight-on pose like you have. The only reason I went with a sneak is that taxidermist just about demanded that he get a chance to show the bold, black cheek patches on my particular cape. Otherwise, I find that in nature, they usually stare at you straight ahead, just like yours looks.
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    Nicely done...can't beat someone who knows what they're doing....
    Amen to that. I've been the victim of poor taxidermy in the past, and there's just no recovering once the work is already done. Do your homework and get some references before you ship off your one-of-a-kind critter.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,517 Senior Member
    Great mount :up::up:

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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,966 Senior Member
    Very nice
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,657 Senior Member
    Wow That looks fantastic
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,727 Senior Member
    Diver43 wrote: »
    Wow That looks fantastic

    It certainly does!

    Excellent trophy to remember the hunt by, Luis.

    .............but you are gonna need another room to house the trophies you bring back from 'Down Under'...............if and when you finally get here...............:roll: :deadhorse: :tooth:
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    Nice mount!
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  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,481 Senior Member
    Looks great!
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  • HvyMaxHvyMax Senior Member Posts: 1,786 Senior Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    Very nice. Goats make for such great shoulder mounts.

    Goats are nice but sheep are beautiful!
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,341 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    It certainly does!

    Excellent trophy to remember the hunt by, Luis.

    .............but you are gonna need another room to house the trophies you bring back from 'Down Under'...............if and when you finally get here...............:roll: :deadhorse: :tooth:
    I'll have to see what I'm able to bring back when I get out there. I think my wife is about to pummel me if I get any more mounts that require a vaulted ceiling! :tooth:
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,597 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I want to hunt speed goats. I don't give a RIP about hunting Africa. Not all that interested in elk. But I want to hunt aunty-lopes.

    It's muy fun.
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,539 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I want to hunt speed goats. I don't give a RIP about hunting Africa. Not all that interested in elk. But I want to hunt aunty-lopes.

    It's been said by some that hunting antelope is the most fun you can have with your pants on. Oh wait, I said that.

    It also assumes you will wear pants while hunting them.
    Jerry

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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,341 Senior Member
    Africa is amazing, if for no other reason than the variety of critters there are to hunt. Factor in the fact that if you usually see big numbers of game and it gets even better. Hell, I would go back there just to predator hunt - it was that good.

    Elk, are very tough most of the time. Low success rates in extremely tough country. I can see where it might not stir someone's pot to chase them.

    Goats are a different story, especially during rifle season, and even more different when you factor in each state's season. Nevada's late-August buck season is right in the heart of the rut. In most units, it's going to be an extremely easy hunt, with quality (specifically, how long you are wiling to wait for what you're after) being the lone mitigating factor in a short hunt vs. a long one. At that time of year, you can still have bucks hanging on public land way late into the season, especially in a low tag-allocation unit. I found that picking an individual buck out and being the only guy after him is a doable game to play. That is highly different from the description JerryBobCo and Linefinder the way you will hunt and see bucks in Colorado. Their rifle season doesn't start until early October, after the rut is done. You need to get on them quickly because once the gunfire starts, they get spooky quickly and have no incentive to hang around. Linefinder said he greatly prefers a little pressure during the hunt purely to keep them moving and accessible. He also told me that it gets exceptionally tough if you don't score in the first weekend, as by that point the sight of a truck will have them running well before you are even remotely within stalking or shooting range. All in all, your mileage and hunting style may vary.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,341 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I don't wear pants hunting deer, why would it be different with antegoats?


    I want to be able to see one, then put the sneak on it.
    That DOESN'T happen here in Missouri during deer season. Our deer hunting, is more like deer surprising. Which I'm cool with, it's how it's done here. When you can't see much further than 50 yards, you don't have a lot of options.

    Stalking goats can be done one of several ways, none of which I have actually used since I damned near drove up to mine before getting on foot for all of about 4 steps and taking a shot. The method that I tested sans weapon after my hunt concluded really isn't much of a stalk at all: it's the zig-zag approach. Unpressured goats don't seem to mind a guy walking parallel to them until he gets without about 200 yards. I found a lone buck and began to walk toward him at an extremely subtle angle, but mostly parallel, starting about 450 yards out. I was checking on him out of the corner of my eye, and while he was watching me, he really wasn't concerned. Once I got about 200 yards past him, I would turn and make another cut past him, closing the gap ever slightly along my path. I repeated this until I got a little inside of 200 yards. The buck finally decided to trot away a bit, maybe 25 yards, but then realized that there was no way in hell I could ever catch him and went back to just watching me. I managed to get even closer during the next pass and, at that point, I quit, realizing that he would've been quite dead at the range he was sitting. I'll tuck that one away for future use.

    The other way is the good, old fashion, traditional stalk: use the terrain and undulations in the earth to overcome the lack of brush and trees in most of antelope country. MileHighShooter supposedly did an excellent job of this one several years ago when he did a long, low crawl and plugged a goat using the nap of the earth.

    I have heard of variations on both of the above. Some archery hunters like to use decoys, others simply use take a white handkerchief to get a curious goat to stay still as they approach them. then you have the dudes taking their lives into their own hands using one of those decoy hats to get really close.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,025 Senior Member
    Nice Goat Six-Gun, what's the horn length? Looks like he has good prongs & mass as well. Congrats!
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,341 Senior Member
    I gotta tape it again. It was 15" in the field, but I hear these horns are notorious for losing size during dry time. As soon as it gets here I'm going to tape it again. The mass that carried through to the tips was probably the biggest eye-draw when I picked this one out.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,025 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    I gotta tape it again. It was 15" in the field, but I hear these horns are notorious for losing size during dry time. As soon as it gets here I'm going to tape it again. The mass that carried through to the tips was probably the biggest eye-draw when I picked this one out.

    I saw that too, he's real heavy above the prong. I guessed him around 15"+. Again, nice antelope!
  • 41magnut41magnut Senior Member Posts: 1,161 Senior Member
    Fantastic

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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,688 Senior Member
    You have done well Luis, congratulations...........robin
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  • jwv2001jwv2001 Member Posts: 125 Member
    Where in Nevada were you hunting?
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,341 Senior Member
    Thanks again, fellas. This mount is now hanging proudly on my basement wall, just outside of my workshop/reloading room.

    jwv2001 - my hunting unit was just outside of the Nevada Test and Training Range, right on its northwest corner.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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