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Mtn. Goat Taxidermy

I know I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself but I am needing to get funds set aside incase things go the way I'd like. Does anyone know what I might expect to pay for various types of goat mounts: life size (probably way out of my budget at this point), shoulder mount and shoulder mount with front hooves on boulder?

Does anyone know a taxidermist in CO that has done good work on goats?

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I have seen a few over the

I have seen a few over the years at my taxidermists that looked pretty good to me.

I know elkkill uses him also. 

Precision Taxidermy in Clifton, Co

shoulder mount $925

life size $2900

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Wow that is way higher than I

Wow that is way higher than I was thinking but I guess things have gone up some. I have used Matt myself a few times over the years but the most I've paid for anything was 425 and he did a great job on my deer. I've always been told that a goat was easier because of the linger hair but I don't know the ins and outs of the profession so that could be wrong.

One of my friends had a life sized mount done back in 2005 and paid 1,500 for a beautiful mount of the goat laying down on a ledge.

I know when I drew the tag 3 years ago some of the information they sent me included some taxidermist info that looked like really good work over on your side of the hill.

I guess I would price around but sure be willing to pay a little extra to insure the quality of the work.

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Yeah they have went up some

Yeah they have went up some over the years. I have Matt's latest brochure and deer run 550 for a shoulder. Elk are 875 to 975.

I think when I had my bull mounted a few years ago it was around 700.

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hawkeye,

Congrats on drawing a wonderful tag and I wish all the luck I can on you getting it done ! Thumbs up

I have to throw Matt out again. He does amazing work and you will be looking at a 12-14 month wait, but it is well worth it, and you get what you pay for. One of my hunting buddies did not take my advice when he took a monster bear in 1996 (7'7" and 20' skull) and he has regreted from the time he got it back.

To add to TBONES prices a half shoulder mount is 65 percent of a lifesize and they both come with a costum base.

Good luck and good hunting !

Quinton

PS We do have a taxidermy section now !!! LOL ::whistling:  One more question hawkeye, Who is mounting your brothers elk and when will it be done ?

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my suggestion is to set aside

my suggestion is to set aside $2500 or so for a life size mount. however, if you really want Safari Club International maintains a pretty good list of reputable wildlife artists.

if you find somebody to do a shoulder mount for $500-$600, it may not look like you want. i'd find somebody that has a good reputation first and then worry about price.

i've had trouble with 2 taxidermists in a row. the first, i paid in full and he dissappeard for 3 years moving to another town. after I FOUND HIM, he claimed i paid him nothing. the second i paid a small deposit and he just never really gets back to me. i took in 1 mule deer and a beaver to the second taxidermist. i was going to have abison done as well, but that's when he didn't ever really get back to me.

i think i'll find somebody good, even if they're expensive. i've lost about $700 and 3 animals so far.

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A reputable taxidermist is

A reputable taxidermist is first and foremost and even though we are on the other side over here you won't find a better guy than Matt. He's friendly willing to take the time to talk and does good work the way you want it done.

Another option as far as the mount if your willing to wait due to the cost is just do a european for now and have the hide prepped and ready until you have the money to complete the full body mount. It will still cost a bit but you can then save up the rest. With mountain goats I really think the full body mount does them justice as that hide is half the trophy.

Just a thought hope it helps.

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goat

I know Washington State is a long ways away, but I have a taxidermist up here that is absolutely outstanding.  Let me suggest one thing.... make sure that when you choose your taxidermist, that you get a good one.  If it costs a couple of hundred more, it might be well worth it.  You will have this mount for a long time and when you divide a few hundred bucks into the years you will enjoy it, it's pretty cheap.

I haven't talked to my taxidermist lately, but I'd guess a shoulder mount would run in the neighborhood of $400 to $500.  A front half mount, standing on a rock would be more in the $1000 range.  I had my goat done standing on a rock and I love it.  My son-in-law had his done shoulder mount and I think he would do things differently if he could now.

If you're at all interested in the name of the guy up here, let me know and I'll put you in touch.

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  Thanks for all the great

 

Thanks for all the great responses guys and sorry its taken so long to get back... I've been finishing up my last classes in my undergrad. I already walked and then took my last final earlier this evening... its all over!

 

Anyways... I have no problems going somewhere else in CO to get it mounted but Washington is going to be a little too far. Thanks for the offer though Arrowflipper. 

 

I was hoping to find something closer to the $600 mark. I just have a hard time believing that a mountain goat takes as much effort and time as a big bull elk. I think I have pretty much settled on a half mount with a rock. Thanks for all your references to Precision Taxidermy. I plan on checking that shop out. 

 

Keep any other suggestions coming. I am going to be looking for that perfect mixture of quality and price all summer till I find something that feels right. I just wish I wasn't on a fresh grad budget! I might need to start some type of "help-me-mount-my-goat" fund or petition for a really good grad present from somebody haha. 

 

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Quinton: Has my brother not

Quinton: Has my brother not gotten a picture up yet? Its been done for over a month. I'll try and get a picture from him and get it up. Rick at Best Bet Taxidermy out of Canon City, CO did it. It turned out great but is way too big for his room... you'll see what I mean when I get the picture up. 

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Not a very good pic of it...

Not a very good pic of it... I took it on my phone. I'll see if he's got a better one.

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