I got burned...now I need some help, PLEASE
Just got my 2009 Ohio archery buck back and I am EXTREMELY disappointed.
I moved to Perry County in 2007, and was then deployed to Iraq from Sept 2008 until October 2009. I went hunting in Ohio after I got back and shot the buck of a lifetime...a 226 pound 168 inch P&Y giant.
I was in a rush to get it to a taxidermist (I know, 1st mistake) when I cam back from Ohio, and I didn't know anyone in the area. I looked at the PA Taxidermy Association website and started making some calls.
I took it to a guy near me, and got an O.K. feeling after seeing some pictures of his work. Not a great feeling after seeing his shop in his basement, but not real bad either.
Well, I got burned. I picked it up tonight and it is terrible! I have many other mounts that I had done by a lady in McKean County where I am from, so I know what quality work is.
I don't think this gentleman even knows what a big whitetail looks like. The nose is all wrong, uneven, nostrils plugged, turned up. The eyes are way off. Big bulges underneath with no build up of the brows over top, and the tear ducts are ridiculous. The way the rack is set is off, the ears aren't right. Just an absolute mess.
So now what? What can I do? My relationship with this guy is over and I will never go back. We had a long discussion and settled on a reduced price, so I'm not looking back, I'm looking forward.
I want to get this thing fixed, re-mounted, whatever. Problem is, I don't know if anyone could find another cape this size. This buck was huge, and I have never seen a PA deer that could equal it, maybe Iowa.
I live in Perry County and work in Harrisburg, so I would appreciate someone from the general area that is experienced with whitetailed deer taxidermy who can help me.
PM me an e-mail or phone number if you are interested in helping me out.
I am so depressed right now I can't even look at it. I put in in the spare room and shut the door. Please help!