The Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) is a large antelope. Their coats are a red-brown colour and darken with age. Their hair is quite long and shaggy and males are much larger than the females.The Waterbuck has a large white ring encircling its rump and the males have long, dangerous horns for their protection. Hyenas, Leopards and Lions are their predators as well as the occasional Crocodile.
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Thorough preparation is the key factor to ensuring a high-quality final product. All hides are tanned and oiled using the world’s very best available chemicals and processes to ensure permanence and longevity.Forms are selected to ensure the best fit and posture will be altered to suit you, the client’s preference without additional cost. Natural habitat bases are custom-made for full mount trophies without additional cost.Only the finest materials and 40 years of professional experience are used in defining your trophies in a whole new way. The final trophies are almost Life-Formed. When the restoration is required, every effort is made to repair cuts and abrasions, and to minimise bullet damage. Natural scarring is kept unless otherwise requested.
The Waterbuck inhabits areas close to water, such as grasslands, woodlands and gallery forests, as its name would indicate. They enjoy many types of coarse grasses, as they are mainly grazers, and leaves and twigs occasionally. They eat during the early morning and in the evenings, resting in-between those times.
Animals of the genus Kobus ellipsiprymnus, commonly known as the Waterbuck, are big and strong. Males are typically around 25 percent larger than females. The areas around their eyes, nose, mouth, and throat are white, and their ears are huge and rounded. The horns, which are unique to the males and can grow to be a full meter in length and are surrounded by a conspicuous ring only seen on the males. Each of the horns is far apart from the other and curves upward and backward in a particularly attractive manner. When males are competing for territory, they may utilise them in a way that ends in death.
They have a greasy, odiferous fluid that is supposed to be for waterproofing that is emitted by their shaggy brown-grey coat. It is believed that Waterbucks use their distinctive white tail ring as a follow me gesture. If one member of the group notices a predator and takes off running, the others will quickly follow in order to avoid becoming the next meal for a scavenging feline.
The Waterbuck never ventures far from the water. Waterbuck are timid and flighty, hiding in dense vegetation if they perceive danger. Of course, this makes for a difficult yet fascinating time out on the hunt.
Bow Waterbuck hunting is on the rise, although the more traditional walk-and-stalk method remains the standard for trophy hunts. Larger herds of Waterbuck can be more difficult to stalk because all of the animals will be on constant alert. It will be significantly more challenging to pursue solitary bulls, as they can be very cunning.
Waterbuck can see and hear very well and are not particularly difficult to approach. The usual shooting distance for a Waterbuck trophy hunt might range from 50-150 yards, depending on the terrain.
You’ll need a powerful rifle to take down a trophy Waterbuck bull, who can weigh up to 600 pounds. Expert hunters advocate for 30 calibers (.30-06 or.300 Magnum) armed with hefty expanding soft tips and 7mm Rem Magnums.
Unparalleled in their authenticity, our waterbuck taxidermy trophies are a lasting tribute to the splendour of Africa’s animal species. Because of our inborn familiarity with the structure, behaviour, and finer points of African species, we are able to faithfully recreate your fondest recollections.
Life-Form Taxidermy was established in 1981 by individuals who have a genuine passion for the natural world. Our team, headquartered in White River, a stone’s throw from the world-famous Kruger National Park, has elevated the bar for taxidermy as both an art and a science over the past four decades. Life-Form Taxidermy has successfully created more than 150,000 high-quality trophies, so you can be assured that your trophy will be in good hands.
Once the animal is down, the work of constructing an exceptional trophy mount can begin. The success of your taxidermy will depend on your actions from now on until you deliver your skin to us.
The most devastating effects on a valuable cape or hide are hair loss or skin breakdown. First, you need to skin the trophy as quickly as possible, and then you can apply salt to the skin to keep the hair from slipping off. Remove the carcass from direct sunlight as soon as you can. The cooling process for the carcass can be sped up by removing the intestines as quickly as possible.
The animal must not be hauled on the ground under any circumstances. Mark your trophy clearly. After the skin is off, any excess meat or fat can be trimmed away. Salting should be delayed for 30 minutes.
The skin should be soaked in salt water for at least five hours and preferably overnight. Sprinkle two centimetres of salt on the skin and let it dry in the shade. If you leave the salt on your cape for 24 hours, you can just shake it off and hang it to dry.
Build your drying racks out of raw, unfinished wood. Don’t ever use wood that has been treated with creosote or tar. It is imperative that no nails or bolts come into touch with the skulls, as rust stains are often permanent. If the weather is nice, a good way to keep your skull dry is to expose it to direct sunlight. When it’s time to pack it up, make sure you fold it so the hair and ears are inside.
You may trust Life-Form Taxidermy to perfectly recreate the skin according to your specifications. To get the desired results, we consult with the customer extensively.
For maximum durability, the skins are tanned and oiled with only the highest quality chemicals and techniques. The fit of each skin is evaluated using a manikin. Our forms have been carefully selected to provide a snug fit, and we’ll even adjust the posture for free if necessary. We provide complimentary, custom-made bases inspired by various ecosystems for all of our full mount trophies. The bullet holes and abrasions will be fixed if possible, and the damage will be minimised during the restoration procedure. Scars will be left where they were previously, unless otherwise stated. After the eyes and ears are secured in the correct positions, the skin is stitched by a specialist. It is not until the animal is completely dry that the taxidermist begins the final stages of the process.
Mounts require only a light dusting to maintain. When dust needs to be removed, use a feather duster, and afterward, wipe in the direction of the hair with a damp cloth. The hair should be styled in a natural manner, without tugging or straining it. Using the solution from Medix Africa will guarantee that your trophy will maintain its flawless appearance. This item is used by Life-Form Taxidermy, and it is also marketed by us.
You should try to keep your mounts out of the direct sunshine because it will cause the animal skin to fade. The rack and hide of your trophy will quickly deteriorate when exposed to sunlight.
The final cost will depend on the number of trophies ordered, their state, and any repairs. Request a price estimate.
The duration of the process can range from a few months to 18 months.