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You were pretty close on that

You were pretty close on that guess. He was 18 4/8.

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It was $350 dollars. Some are

It was $350 dollars. Some are cheaper and some are more expensive. I have always appreciated the quality of the mounts my taxidermist. That's why I will pay a little more for him to do them. I have seen some other taxidermists work around here and they are not very good.

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Interesting.  The cost for a

Interesting.  The cost for a similar mount at my taxidermist is about 550 and his prices are pretty reasonable for the area.  No one should look at price when picking a taxidermist.  You might save a few dollars but I have seen some really poor jobs so it is better to pay a little more and get a quality mount done right.

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Price

My taxidermist charges $575 for a shoulder mount. Than if you want to alter it such as mine it could cost another $150 on top of that.

CVC,

+1  on not trying to find a cheap taxidermist. My buddy did that with a monster bear he killed and he regrets it every day of his life.

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Help him help you

elkkill06 wrote:

My taxidermist charges $575 for a shoulder mount. Than if you want to alter it such as mine it could cost another $150 on top of that.

CVC,

+1  on not trying to find a cheap taxidermist. My buddy did that with a monster bear he killed and he regrets it every day of his life.

Wow...my taxidermist has won NC and SC state titles and only charges $400. I must be lucky.

One tip, once you find the taxidermist you want to use, is to bring him any capes of deer you don't plan on mounting. You know...one hand scratches the other or something like that...you help him and he'll look out for you. Who knows, you may become best friends like I have with my taxidermist.

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A local taxidermist is

A local taxidermist is advertising on another site for capes.  She said she will pay 50 bucks for big ones.  i probably would just give one to them except I don't cape my own deer.  I just take it to the meat processor and if I want it caped then it costs 30 bucks.

I wish I could do my own deer, but I don't have a place to hang, skin and process them so I take it to someone else.

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Titles don't always mean something !

Usually when I see blue ribbons hanging in a taxidermy shop I tend to laugh. They have so many categories that anyone of them can win ribbons. There is one taxidermist here in Grand Junction, Greg Brumfield (Brumfield Taxidermy), that is a world renown (spelling) taxidermist and is truely amazing. I worked in his shop when he moved up here in 1989. The problem is he is not the one that usually mounts most of the stuff that comes in the shop and he charges $1200 for a deer shoulder mount.

My taxidermist (Matt Gillilan) (Precision Taxidermy) is a great taxidermist and has so much work he could never get to one of the contests. He has worked with Barrett Rowles (Grand Mesa Taxidermy), who also is an amazing taxidermist and Barrett worked with Greg when he first moved here. So they have all helped each other with techniques and little things that are overlooked by most. I always donate my smaller capes to my taxidermist unless it is one that I want to keep and than he will put my name on it and save it for me. Also if I walk into the shop and see a cape and the people are not going to do anything with it I will tell him I want it and he will give it to me and hold it for me.

When it comes to picking a taxidermist you must go in there shop and look at his work. My taxidermist lets me sit right beside him while mine is being mounted and tell him exactly what I want. And Matt, Barrett, and Greg are all my friends.

Quinton

 

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I have seen some threaqds on

I have seen some threaqds on bad taxidermist work and it is frightening, but funny what some people do to animals.  We should find some pics and post teh really bad ones.

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When I was down at the Ohio

When I was down at the Ohio deer expo last spring the number of monster buck mounts was amazing. However the quality of 90% of these mounts were horrible. I would of been ashamed to display my monster buck trophy looking the way these mounts looked. There were very few mounts that could compare to the quality of my mount. It may not have been the biggest one down there, but it sure was probably top 10 as far as quality goes. This next spring I will try and get some pics of some sloppy looking mounts down there.

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What makes a good mount?  I

What makes a good mount?  I can sometimes tell a bad mount when I see it, but what makes a good mount?  I suppose the simple answer is if the animal looks natural and alive, but what beyond that determines a superior mount over an inferior one?

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