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Judging a bear

It’s almost time to start hunting fall bear , so it’s also time to learn how to judge a big old male bear.

The 1st thing to look for is the size of the head, if it’s a block head and the ears are just in sight and are on the side of the head, it’s a good bear.

The next is to look at the belly. Does it hang there like a beer belly on people. It should be just above the ground.

The next is does he have a wiggle when he walks. Big bears have a waddle.

The last thing to look for is the look of the face. Males and females have different looks on the face. Most old bears have scars, parts of their ears are missing, some have a limp.

When you finally find that bear, take your time and make sure it’s a male, and not a female- if it’s a girl, watch it for quite a while to make sure she has NO cubs. Sit back and glass it, one can  measure it in your mind by looking at the bear and starting at the head, go one foot,two foot until you hit the back and you will be pretty close

Most hunters see a bear and shoot, they don’t care what it is-a bear is a bear which is wrong

With all the heat hunters are getting from the anti crowd, it’s time to smarten up and only harvest old males that no longer breed, have a great size of a hide to display proudly and consume the meat.

Hunting is different for everyone but for myself, it has to be a male, older the better but it’s mainly about the time in the woods, the physical endurance, it’s not all about harvesting game-that’s nice too though.

When you harvest a mature game animal, you get more meat, a hide or rack of horns you can be proud of and great memories.

Go and have fun

 

 

The War We Fight As Hunters- A REPRINT

This is a reprint from the African Hunter Magazine.

Its a very good read with a great opinion , and stasts.

adhunt@mweb.co.za http://www.africanhunteronline.com/#!contact/czpl

 

 

The Convoluted Economics of Wildlife

By I J Larivers

While recently promoting the launch of our new African Hunter cloud magazine, one of the tour operators we contacted overseas had the following to say:

 

“I feel very strongly that you should not be promoting the hunting of any animals that are threatened with extinction… elephants, lions, leopards, cheetah and to see you glorify the hunting of these is sickening in this world where they are so threatened.  Why can’t you promote the protection of these and by photography rather than shooting and killing?

 

I have lived in Zimbabwe when I was younger but am so desperate at the rate rhino and elephant are being slaughtered all over the world and I know it is the fault of the Chinese and other Asian countries’ desire for the horns – but it seems that left to themselves elephant do manage their populations by breeding less.

 

What I disagree with is showing photos on websites and magazines with rich Americans glorying in the killing of these – small game, OK but not elephants and lions, as what message is it sending around the world?  It is similar to ISIS holding the heads of those poor victims of beheadings and we humans have a duty to protect wildlife, not glory in their deaths.”

 

This person has genuine concerns for the future of wildlife, and we appreciate folks like this who are prepared to sit down and write to us and engage in dialogue – it gives us a chance to get our side of the story across.

 

When I see terms like “threatened with extinction” associated with sport hunting it can mean only one thing – that the person’s perceptions are being shaped by animal rights activists. And the activists, of course are activists because that’s what puts food on their tables. And oftentimes a lot more than food. Many are registered charities, and therefore leave a traceable footprint on the web, and can be looked at through organisations like Charity Watch.

 

During the whole debate last year over the auction of an old black rhinoceros in Namibia, it just seemed that somewhere, someone’s priorities had become – shall we say – shifted? Firstly, as a biologist, I asked myself what the value of a black rhinoceros was and in what currency. That answer was simple – its value is inestimable in today’s world if it is a viable member of a gene pool, and no amount of geld can be used as a yardstick. But too old to breed? Well, that would come down to the dollars and cents value of the horns and ancillary hunt revenue, including employment and meat for rural Africans often living a subsistence existence. Rhino horn is currently valued at between $65,000 ands $100,000  per kilogram. Maybe a little higher, for the price is driven by international criminal and terror syndicates – because the sale of rhino horn is strictly banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the global treaty that governs trade in plants and animals – but more on that later. Unlike their Asian counterparts, African rhinos have a pair of horns. In the case of the larger and more numerous  white rhino, the horns’ average combined weight is usually close to 6kg. The average weight of both horns on the smaller black rhino is about half that – though over ninety percent of the poaching incidents involve white rhinos.

 

In the case of the Namibian black rhino auction, the controversial decision was good for conservation and good for black rhinos. Over the past twenty years, the Namibian rhino population has been on the increase. Now home to some 1,700 black rhino, Namibia’s management policies have seen the species thrive and poaching all but eliminated. While annual rhino poaching statistics for South Africa can break into four figures, Namibia lost two in 2013. Namibia encourages rural villagers to  live side by side with wildlife to manage and profit from it by opening up their conservation lands to wealthy sport hunters and tourists armed instead with cameras. Priority is given to the hunters, simply because the conservancies don’t need to make any investment to attract them. Photographic safari  lodges not only leave a larger carbon footprint than hunting infrastructures, but they are also costly to develop and maintain.

 

The theory behind the idea of the conservancy is that local tolerance for wildlife would increase and poaching would dwindle, because a sense of ownership was engendered in the villagers and poaching would equate to theft from the people. Conservancies now control almost twenty percent of the country, and wildlife populations have increased dramatically. Elephant and lion, two of the more topical species under scrutiny today, are increasing in numbers in Namibia while they are decreasing in countries such as Kenya which eschew sport hunting.

 

By agreement with CITES, Namibia can sell hunting rights for as many as five black rhino per annum, but more importantly when you look at how hunting revenue is often spent in Africa – the fleet of SUVs at the disposal of the Director-General of Zimbabwe’s National Parks is an example – in Namibia the entire trophy fee goes into a trust fund that supports rhino conservation efforts. It doesn’t get any better than that in Africa. The monies generated pay for anti-poaching operations and various research projects.

 

But in 2014, Namibia made a crucial error – they conducted one of their rhino auctions in the United States, not in Namibia, and that opened the doors of myriad loony bins. So, I decided to take a closer look at the International Fund for Animal Welfare which was the most vociferous opponent of the rhino auction. At the time, they raised some $25 million dollars each year, of which 62% was allocated to service delivery in the forty some-odd countries in which they operate. But it was the remaining 38% that intrigued me. The only stats I was really interested in were salaries. And while it’s true that some high-profile charities – like Heritage Foundation and the NRA – pay their top people seven figure salaries, some nearing three million dollar mark, they are also higher fliers when it comes to asset generation. The Executive Vice President and CEO of IFAW were listed at just under $300,000. That jumped out at me, because some years ago I did contract work in Iraq, in a war zone, and I was earning about two thirds of that for getting shot at, rocketed and mortared. These folks operate in a cocktail party zone.

 

OK, they didn’t want this rhino hunted because it was cute when it was a baby or somesuch cocktail party rationale but why deprive the Namibian government of $350,000 that had been earmarked for rhino conservation? If they cared a damn about this rhino – if they cared more about the rhinoceros than the publicity and money generated by the grandstanding – why didn’t they bid for the rhino? Why didn’t they put up the money that they were prepared to cost Namibia’s rhino conservation programme? One can only assume that they had a ‘better’ use for it.

 

The core problem with animal rights activists – apart from the fact that much of their motivation is making money – is that they are seen by most people, such as the correspondent at the beginning of this rant, as experts. Rarely are they. The international media was willing to believe last year that three hundred elephant had been poisoned in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park because Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said so. National Parks and other conservationists on the ground put forward a more realistic figure of half that or less. I’m not having a go at Johnny Rodrigues or the ZCTF, for they have done good things, but he is not a trained wildlife biologist, and that is what I would consider an expert. So, the average person will believe what they read in the media and the media will believe, it seems, anyone who issues a press release.

 

 

If we want to hear from a real expert, Ron Thomson – former Provincial Warden of Hwange – he tells us what is really wrong with elephant populations in much of Africa:

 

“In southern Africa, most elephant populations – due to the cessation of culling programs in recent years – have now expanded well beyond the carrying capacities of their habitats.  In Botswana, for example – a country that carried considerably less than 10 000 elephants in 1960 – officially recorded 207,000 in  2013.  The wildlife habitats in Botswana’s protected areas  - up to a distance of 25 kilometers from the dry season water supplies – have now been completely destroyed by too many elephants over too many years.  And the once-rich soils that carried those habitats have – because they have become progressively more exposed to the erosive forces of sun, wind and rain over the last 50 years – disappeared from the environment.  That means there is no chance at all, now, that the former diverse habitats that once carried Botswana’s rich wildlife biodiversity, can ever recover.”

 

To the uninitiated, the thrill of stalking an elephant – with camera or rifle – is the experience of a lifetime. To the activists, that same elephant earns them an annual salary. To Ron, the mismanagement of elephant populations by faux-experts may ultimately sound the death knell for  elephants and many other plant and animal species.

 

Ron continues:

 

“Most of these game reserves are – at this point in time – carrying more than ten times their habitat’s current elephant carry capacities. The overall top canopy tree population in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, for example, is now down by more that 95% when compared to 1960.  And why was this allowed to happen?  Because governments – in Africa and in the First World – have sheepishly succumbed to international (animal rights-inspired) pressure to stop elephant culling. The consequences of this incredibly stupid interference in a vitally important and common sense wildlife management practice, will be the total loss of habitats, followed by the total loss of the essential soils that once supported them!  The ultimate tragedy will be the destruction of  southern Africa’s once immensely rich biological diversity – because the game reserves in all these countries are degenerating rapidly.

 

And all this is happening because gullible governments – all over the world – are listing to the false propaganda of the animal rights communities in the First World.  Intelligent people are being taken in by their rhetoric not realising that, by doing so, they are contributing to the successful operation of the biggest confidence industry the world has ever known. All these NGOs want is money – to keep their organisations running, to indulge in the rich-man’s life-style, and to keep the senior executives in fat-cat employment

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In December of 2013, a couple at Incline Village near Lake Tahoe in the US  reported a problem bear to Nevada wildlife officials that was later captured and killed as a threat to public safety. The couple’s  call to the Nevada Department of Wildlife sparked a campaign by members of the Bear League to “threaten, harass and intimidate” the couple. They were subjected to a series of threatening emails, text messages and Facebook messages, “including death threats.” Death threats? See loony bins above. We are often not dealing with sane people here, or ones who have any regard for anyone else’s right to their own opinions.

 

 

OK, so much for the beneficial input of legal, transparently regulated sport hunting into species conservation – now let’s take a look at the other economics of wildlife.

 

One figure that’s making the rounds at the moment is that in Africa, every fifteen minutes an elephant is killed. I don’t challenge this, but what I find disturbing is the number of people who cannot differentiate between hunting and poaching. These elephant are not being hunted, they’re being poached. The legendary US Fish & Wildlife Special Agent Dave Hall once said “Hell, if I gave up hunting I’d probably become one of those antis too, and try and close it all down. But you wouldn’t stop poaching”.

 

 

The illegal wildlife trade is worth an estimated twenty billion dollars a year. Newsworthy of late has been the kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the terror organisation Boko Haram. But what about the estimated 23,000 elephant killed for their ivory last year? Poaching is no longer merely a matter of concern for conservationists – it is now a national security issue, and not necessarily for the countries in which the illegal trafficking emanates. Boko Haram – like al-Shabbab, Janjaweed, and al-Qaeda in other parts of Africa – is largely funded by the proceeds from illegal ivory. And then there’s ISIS, the new kid on the block. In order to survive, it has to shove others away from the various troughs – or just plain increase the cash flow.

 

Impoverished African villagers are most often coerced into pulling the trigger, but international crime syndicates and terrorist groups are the puppet-masters. Squiggly lines on Google Earth maps represent the movement of GPS-collared elephants in many African countries; the animals’ perambulations are too slow to trace in realtime – unless an elephant’s trace suddenly surges forward and then stops dead. Literally dead, for in this case it has most likely been slaughtered by a poaching gang.

 

Various groups of activists would have us believe that sport hunting of African elephants is unsustainable. Sadly, as in the case of South African National Parks and the Kenya Wildlife Service to name but two of Africa’s more high-profile game departments, the activists have subtly put themselves in charge of policy by taking charge of the real purse strings, which come from donor funding. Sport hunting of elephants is not unsustainable – what is unsustainable is the four elephant per hour in Africa which fall to poachers’ rifles daily. Sport hunting channels much-needed revenue into the conservation coffers of developing countries, and provides an on-the-ground, frontline defence against poaching cartels. But considering poaching’s rapidly-increasing ties to international terrorism, let’s hope that CW sinks in a little faster with Western governments who are themselves more and more prone to fall prey to the anthropomorphic siren song of activists with hidden agendae.

 

The US Department of the Interior, which includes among its mandates the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act is moving ahead with a ban on the commercial trade in ivory, as “part of an overall effort to combat poaching”. No one is going to argue that elephant and rhinoceros poaching and the subsequent trafficking in ivory and horn aren’t a major threat to the survival of the species concerned and a source of illicit finance for corrupt governments and international terrorist organisations. But a number of questions emerge, including the legitimacy of the United States’ role as the world’s policeman and just how effective such draconian measures will actually be at reducing trafficking in ivory and rhino horn. In other words, what works and what doesn’t?

 

Richard Epstein, in Defining Ideas, the journal of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, discusses the shortcomings of such a ban and the inevitable attendant intrusion on basic human freedoms in a very well-thought out essay entitled “The Wrong Way to Combat Poaching”, and if you haven’t read it, then g

 

African governments – especially those without strong sport hunting traditions – have long struggled to control poaching. Perhaps because it’s not really a cultural priority, perhaps because finances are strained, or perhaps because some within the governments are themselves the principal traffickers. But these countries are no longer sleepy backwaters facing just local challenges. There’s this whole global village thing now, and when you start putting coins in al-Shabaab’s begging bowl or ISIS’s, willingly or not, a lot of Big Brothers are going to start paying you the kind of attention that you don’t want.

 

Perhaps the motivation for the outcry following the recent SEAL team raids is because African governments are starting to wake up to the fact that if they don’t control their poaching problem transparently, or are perhaps themselves involved in the cartels, and money is going to the wrong folks, they may wake up one fine morning only to find that SEAL Team Six has paid them a visit during the night

Shipping in North America

Shipping hunting trophies within North America to Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC  is not complicated, it’s quite easy.

If the skin is NOT fleshed and salted and only frozen solid, then you MUST ship it by next day air unless you are within the state of Montana or bordering the state, then regular UPS will do.

If the skin is salted and NOT dried, it MUST be shipped by 2nd or even 3rd air but there must be a lot of salt on the hide.

If the skin is salted and dried or in the case of furs that are just air dried, you can ship it by regular UPS or even USPS as long as you have a tracking number on the packages.

On the shipping container, you must use a leak proof box or otherwise UPS and FEDEX will not deliver it–they are a little weird.

For most items coming out of Alaska and Canada, I recommend wax fish boxes and wrapped with duct tape . They do not leak and can hold the largest of brown bears with no problem.

For all shipments within the USA and even ALASKA and Canada, I would recommend going to the store and buy a plastic tote with the lid. Place the hide in the tote, place some paper inside to absorb any fluids from the hide,  place lid on it and drill holes into the lid edges into the tote’s edges and secure with plastic zip ties and then wrap with duct tape for some of the zip ties will break unless you buy the good ones with wire embedded into the plastic.

On some shipments with alligators, some will just go buy a plastic coolers . Place the skin it with some newspaper and wrap with a lot of duct tape.

When shipping antlers, the skull must be cut in half. , I cut up old lawn hose for  the tips of the  antlers or place cardboard over moose and caribou and then wrap in duct tape. Then the two sides are tape together and  then wrapped in bubble wrap. For horns-sheep-antelope-just wrap and place in box.

Place all paper work, tags, copies of import, export and contact info on the INSIDE of the package, placed in water proof plastic bag, do not place on the outside to adverisize what the package hold, I just do not trust some people.

Write Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC address on the side and on the top with a felt marker but leave room for the shipping label. Insure the package by stating the contains are a HUNTING TROPHY. Do not state exactly what the hunting trophy is, it’s none of their business.

Always ship on a Monday so it has all week to be delvered  on the salted and dried items and up to the middle of the week  for next day air for they don’t delver on weekends

Contacts Capp’s Taxidermy Studio by phone, text or by email with the tracking number when the package is shipped so I can track it and be on the lookout for it

When the shipment comes into the studio, Capp’s will contact you stating it’s in our hands and even take a pix of the shipment for you.

Art

Taxidermy is fine art.

There is good art and bad art , the same goes for taxidermy.

We have all seen the good and bad. The only thing about taxidermy is that , that animal gave it’s all to be there. With paint or clay, you can always just start over , the same with taxidermy but with some differences .

Some people will say that taxidermy is not a art form, they are so closed minded that they can not see out of the box. They think that you must be using a brush or clay to create their art. Well I hate to tell this type of people that the good taxidermist use those items and a hell of a lot more. At Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC we use hand brushes and airbrushes with acrylic, water and lacquer paints to finish the mounts but before any of that happens, we start with a form that must be molded,carved and sculpted for the pose out of urethane form. welded in all thread for strength , then molded with clay for all the muscle detail on the whole form. Then its time to prep the tanned skin and that alone takes a good while.

With the great artist, they must see it in their minds before doing it with their hands. Same with the wildlife taxidermist artist, we see and plan it out in the mind. If you don’t see and feel it, you will never be one of the best. The proof is in the pudding so to say.

When you bring or send your trophy into a taxidermist artist. like Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC, he should be putting out ideas on  your ideas on how it will look the best, how he should sculpt the form, the base with habitat. So like I tell my clients, if you can put their ideas in my mind,it will be done with some of my twists.

If the wildlife taxidermy art doesn’t look alive or so to speak, wink at you, its not good taxidermy art. All my clients are given the choice of action. I tell them they will have to look at this for a long time so why not have action in the pose instead of just staring into space. I also tried to tell them to place in other critters into the scene, like for example a mt goat bedded down on the rocks and having some blue grouse walking around it. it all in the imagination.

Open your mind and experience all the great art especially the wildlife taxidermy art .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Details

The above photo’s are of a waterbuck, taken in Africa and crafted by Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC.

Everything is about the details. If your work completed by your taxidermist has no details, then it’s time to look around for one that does.

Accessories

You have now harvested a great trophy and you know that you want to do a shoulder mount but you would like to do something with the rest of the hide.

There are numerous  things that can be done with the back half of the hides, the feet and the tail.

For the back skins,you will have to tan them and for examples , you could made rugs as is or with two colors of felt sewn to them or add in other colors of hides and you can make a wild looking rug.

The skins can also be made into custom made furniture. A chair made out of your kudu or zebra or whatever would ready standout in any room.

One can also have pillows made out of the skins ,which are very nice for any room of your home.

If you are doing a pedestal mount on a panel base , one can replace a wood panel with the hides , which are very nice looking.

Leather can be made out of the extra hides. Done in a variety of colors. Once completed the leather can be made into garments, drink coasters, hats,etc, etc…

The feet can be made into lamps, tables, stools, etc and as for the tails off some AFrican game, they make jewerly,dusters,etc.

Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC can do almost all of your accessories. If you have no idea on what can be done, just ask the taxidermist or my designer.   Have all your trophies taken care of under one roof By the professionals.!!

The accessories you can do is only limited to your thoughts….

Happy holidays

Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC  would like to wish everyone a great holiday  .

Capp’s always have items up for sale that are not on the web site,  which are hides, furs, horns, skulls, and all types of mounts that all already done or can be custom done.

For one of the most professional studio in the world, we take care of our clients needs– from shipping to clearing international  shipments to custom made work of art.

Have a great time.

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These items are so cool. Try it out…

 

Trophy Room Design

You want to display your hunting trophies in the matter that will show them off the best, define their best features. Then you have to create a plan to do that.

Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC has many years of experence in this field. We also have a interior designer to anwser any of your other questions too.

One can just do a little to define the features. Just like redoing a room with new paint, or placing up new 1/2 wood and 1/2 rock,. Or one can do special effect paint on the wall and ceiling. placing in new lighting like spot lighting,canned or puck lights to add shadows on the wall. Then you could just buy some art. grass,trees to add the the room.

One can just have scenes painted behind the game,like mountains,sunsets,jungles,etc…

If you want to can go all out and add on to the house with high ceiling, a hardwood floor,maybe a river rock wall

One should always have a trophy as the main feature of the room. It could be in the middle of the room as a pedestal or the main one on the wall and the others surround it. It could be a pair of elephant tusks  as you come into the room. It could be a lifesized critter in the miidle of the room so everyone can walk around it and see it from different angles with lights just highliting it. It can be anything.

If you realtiy want to go crazy, then build a rock mountain like some sports store have with everything on the rock. Like Mtn. Goats looking down at the top, then have sheep,bears, etc on it and everyone will be noticing the work piece.

In other words, you must use your imagaination and trust the professionals at Capp’s and we will draw up poster boards of the rooms, show you what different types of woods,tiles,etc that will show off your menories the best.

Life is short. Don’t you want to surround yourself with items that will make you happy or do you just want so-so…

USDA

Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC is now a USDA approved estblishment.

All international shipment(s and even if you need it to ship down trophies in the the USA ) can and will be cleared in the studio .

The fee for this service depends on what the shipment is . If 3 or more trophies are mounted here, then the service is free. If you only have one or two trophies done then there will be a charge. If no trophies are mounted at Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC or just skulls cleared throught the studio, then you will be charged the full rate.

Before you go,contact Capp’s and we will provide laminted shipping tags for the trophies you will be harvesting. Or one can always tell the export shippers over there to ship to the instructions given to you by Capp’s.

All shipments will be ran throught US customs at the Seatac Wa. port and then trucked to Capp’s where the studio will boil and prepare any items that will need atention,mainly swine and primates. Then I will ship the items to one one the great tanneries that the studio uses, which are great in all aspests of a tan.

So Capp’s Taxidermy Studio LLC is ONE OF THE MOST PROFESSIONALLY taxidermy studio in the nation. All serves are done under our roof,except for the tanning and I only use the nations best. We mount all of our trophies,have the beetles to clean the skulls,do all our own rugs,birds, retiles and fish with unbelviealbe artisty and realistic turnaround. Will work with our interior designer for you trophy room or just your house. All wooden bases are designed and built here and now we clear your shipments . NOTHING IS SUBCONTRACTED OUT at Capp’s, not like most taxidermy studios. I know of some shops that do nothing but sub work out, so the real artist is never recognized.

Next time you are in need of a true artist—not all are created equal– contact Capp’s, you will not be sorry………………..