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Mounts by taxidermy school students cheaper?

Anyone ever gotten an animal mounted by a student at a taxidermy school? I was told that it was cheaper and it just might make a full body mount of my potential mtn goat affordable enough. 

I was told that Grand Junction has a school that does this... anyone know?

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If there is a school in Grand

If there is a school in Grand Junction I would imagine that it is ran my Mesa State College.  You also could give Matt a call at Precision Taxidermy in Clifton and see if he knows about it.

As far as a mount I don't know if I would trust a once in a lifetime type of mount to a beginner ever if he is being monitored by a pro.  The old saying you get what you pay for goes double for the quality of the mount in this case in my opinion.   

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I have to agree with Critter

hawkeye,

As Critter said I would not take my trophy of a lifetime to a taxidermy school. This may be a hunt of a lifetime for you and you don't want the trophy on your wall to not be something you can be proud of the rest of your life.

Quinton

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If you are still interested

If you are still interested in checking out and having a non professional take care of the mount that you are going to have done check out Colorado Institute of Taxidermy http://www.coloradotaxidermyschool.com/

Like with all taxidermist I would check them out throughly if I was planning on them doing a mount for me when the animal just might be the only one that I would take in a lifetime. 

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I hear what you guys are

I hear what you guys are saying but you have to remember that although I just graduated... I'm pretty much still on a college student budget. I would rather not but if I could get a guarantee from an instructor that it wasn't going to get ruined... I might go for it. 

I still need to get in contact with Precision. 

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We understand where you are coming from also

Ian,

It is not so much that it could be ruined (so to speak), but what it will look like. It may not end up having that "wow" factor where someone comes and looks at it and says, " That thing looks like it is alive !". Most people (and I am not saying everyone) truley do not actually know what good taxidermy looks like and then everyone sees things in a different way. So what may look awesome to me may not have the look that you may have in mind or what the critter looks like to your eye.

You also have the option of having the cape (in your case the whole goat) tanned, soaked and frozen. Only paying for that portion of it and then having it mounted a couple years later when you can afford it. (If you were to have Matt take care of this for you though I would suggest not cheating him out of mounting it down the road and he would take very good care of you). I have seen people bring stuff in and want a deal and say they want a sholder mount. Then after the first part is taken care of they come and get it because they found someone cheaper to do it. That can really upset a taxidermist !

It is like I tell everyone, "Just call and talk to the man!" He is an amazing person and is willing to work with anyone.

Good luck with your quest and in the end it is all about what makes you happy.

Quinton

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That's a good point... When I

That's a good point... When I talk to them I'll see what how that works. And I can definitely see how bouncing after the hide is tanned would get under the skin of the taxidermist!

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