SCI Taxidermy: 22 Of The Greatest Mounts You’ve Ever Seen

Our favorite game, fish, and reptile mounts from the Safari Club national convention

A simple Google search for the term “taxidermy” will likely link to dozens of examples of poorly created animal artistry. Indeed, when done well, taxidermy is an awesome way to memorialize a trophy and a memory. When done wrong, bad taxidermy can haunt your dreams. In taxidermy, a specimen should be an exact replica of the animal as it appeared in the wild. Perhaps the finest examples of wild game taxidermy today were on display at the Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada. Here were some of our favorites:

safari club international convention brown bear taxidermy
A brown bear-wolf showdown on the tundra.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention lynx taxidermy
A lynx with a freshly caught ermine in the winter woods.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention turkey taxidermy
A true Mexico turkey double: a Gould’s (left) and an Ocellated gobbler.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention bear taxidermy
Michigan’s Legends Taxidermy does killer diorama work on all sorts of game, but we’re partial to their bear mounts.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention ram taxidermy
Woodbury Taxidermy from Ingram, Texas can both process your game and turn hide and horns into museum-quality mounts.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention mountain lion taxidermy
The snarl only a lion hunter can love.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention tahr red stag and chamois taxidermy
A “Down-Under Semi-Slam”—tahr, red stag, and chamois.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention antelope taxidermy
To the uninitiated, Roan are South African antelope. Here’s the SCI World Record.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention red stag and tahr taxidermy
Awesome red stag and tahr from New Zealand.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention antelope taxidermy
Love the display, but would hate to pay the taxidermy bill.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention cape buffalo taxidermy
Cape buffalo are simply bad-asses through and through.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention leopard taxidermy
Phil Soucy from Libby, Montana specializes in big cat taxidermy.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention mountain lion taxidermy
A Soucy-mounted lion.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention leopard taxidermy
Amazing realism on another leopard.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention mountain taxidermy
A lion eyes its prey.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention wolf taxidermy
Finality on an Alaska caribou hunt.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention alligator taxidermy
A gator on a gar.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention bear taxidermy
Tundra ptarmigan surprise.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention big cat taxidermy
Cat of fine tales.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention butterfly taxidermy
We don’t think that these butterflies were free.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention hyena taxidermy
A dog with a bone.Ralph P. Stuart
safari club international convention peacock bass taxidermy
Peacock bass supersized.Ralph P. Stuart