The Safari Club International Convention is the ultimate show for hunters. From the luxurious to the obscenely ornate, SCI hosts some of the most intriguing exhibits in the outdoor world.
This year’s convention took over Reno, Nev., to connect outfitters and manufacturers from six continents with high-class clients looking for the ultimate adventure and the best guns money can buy. We spotted several Wesley Richards masterpieces, a Merkel double rifle in .470 Nitro worth $35,000 and even one of John Rigby & Company’s guns that will bring in well over six figures, not to mention a dream Marco Polo Sheep hunt in Tajikistan.
Since the underlying theme at SCI seems to be extravagance, it stands to reason that the taxidermy on the floor would meet that qualification. That would be the understatement of the decade.
If you’ve never been, it’s worth the trip to the SCI show just to check out the mounts. But if you can’t make it, take a look at our gallery of some of the most amazing taxidermy we’ve ever seen.
Frank J. Zitz is a life member of SCI and has been a taxidermist for over 25 years. Frank's staff has completed African dioramas for Cabela’s, had placements in museums around the country and contributed to many personal trophy rooms throughout the United States.
The colors in the bongo hide definitely stand out among the other taxidermy that dominated the SCI show floor.
Lance Marshall Boen created this beautiful six-foot trout display that was certainly turning some heads at SCI. It only sells for $16,000, which seems to be one heck of a deal.
Can you imagine how long it takes to mount a full-body bull elephant? Bravo, Animal Artistry.