Ocean Springs businessman Tim Reynolds' company prides itself on telling its customers they are in good hands. And for any unsuspecting guests that may have weak hearts or squeamish stomachs that walk into his office, they may want to be sure they are in good hands.
Reynolds office is a tribute to his lifelong love of the outdoors. And it is much more than just one trophy deer or a prize fish on the wall.
"My wife won't let the deer stay at the house. She says they stare at her," Reynolds said. "The fish, she doesn't mind so much."
There are no less than eight trophy deer, and 12 fish (including a 103 inch white marlin) in his office. Oh, and don't forget the bobcat with a quail on his paw. Reynolds caught/shot all of the trophies.
The reaction from his customers?
"It's mixed, about 60-40 I'd say. About 60 percent say 'aw, this is cool.' The rest kind of wonder what's going on," Reynolds said. "Very few run and hide," he added with a laugh.
The head scratching reaction even includes his employees.
"I call it the room of death," sales associate Misty Loper said.
But Reynolds takes great pride in displaying his variety of outdoor triumphs. He said when he goes hunting now, he won't shoot any bucks that are not bigger than the ones he already has mounted. That allows for deer he does see to grow even larger. The only shooting he does of a buck that won't make his wall is with a camera.
"I'm not going to shoot it, unless I mount it. A lot of people shoot a buck, show everyone what they got, then cut the head off, and throw the head away with the rest of it," Reynolds said.
Among the unusual trophies on display are a 45 pound rooster fish he caught in Cabo San Lucas. There's a bobcat, he shot at his hunting camp in Bovina, Miss., near Vicksburg. Also on display are many of the mounted large mouth bass he caught in lakes around the Jackson area.
There's a story behind every trophy. Reynolds will tell you about the 8.1 pound speckled trout he caught in the Biloxi Back Bay the year before a major freeze caused a massive fish kill. He's also proud of the 20 pound and 27 pound triple tails, he caught in the same outing, just a long cast from his office.
There is other sports memorabilia in the office. The bobcat stands guard over an autographed helmet from the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV championship team. Reynolds also enjoys golf but don't look for any pin flags in the office.
"I'll golf when the wind blows too much (to fish). It (wind) can't hurt my golf game too much," he laughed.
Reynolds gives a slight edge to fishing over hunting, in his love affair, but his passion for each is obvious. He jokes that he would like to add a laser triggered sound device so as soon as someone enters the office, the room would come alive with wildlife animal sounds.
His wife Martha and 13-year-old daughter Rachel don't share his love for the wildlife. But he recently took his nine-year old daughter Emily on a hunting excursion, and she seems to have inherited her father's passion.
"The youngest is getting into it a little bit," he said.
It leads you to wonder how her bedroom will be decorated in a few years.