Use caution when working with CT Taxidermy in Portales, NM!
I got an antelope in Sept 09 just north of Clovis, NM and called around for a taxidermist to do up a shoulder mount for me. This was my first experience with taxidermy and being fairly new to the area I selected CT Taxidermy solely based on the fact that he, Mr. Cody Guss, was available. I took the head dress to Mr. Guss's home and paid 50% of the fee as a deposit. I was informed it would take several months. I left all of my contact information and expected that I would be notified upon completion. Six or seven months had passed and I recieved notification that I would be moving out of the area so I started trying to contact Mr. Guss to check on the status. I left several messages on each of the answering machines associated with the business with no response. I also returned to his home (same location as place of business) and twice again left my contact information, to which I still have not received a response. Finally a week before moving from the area in June 10 I caught up with him and he said it was still in the works and would be finished up in a few weeks. I again left my contact information and told him I would pay for shipping when it was complete. Four more months have passed and again I have left phone messages with no response.
I understand that there may have been issues during the taxidermy process, but I think if there were a courtesy call would have been fine. I am very dissatisfied with this type of customer service and wanted to ensure my fellow hunters knew what to expect when dealing with CT Taxidermy.
Has anyone else worked with CT Taxidermy, in Portales NM? If so what was your experience? How long does it usually take to mount an antelope?