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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #2 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 10:24 PM
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Re: I got burned...now I need some help, PLEASE

i`ve heard that story many of times, sorry for your misfortune, what size neck do you need for the deer?
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post #3 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 10:37 PM
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Re: I got burned...now I need some help, PLEASE

All I can say is to Shoot another buck or a huge doe and put the horns on another cape. I had to do that once. Sorry to hear about that.
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post #4 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 10:57 PM
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Re: I got burned...now I need some help, PLEASE

Large capes are available. This is a good time of year to start looking. They can be very pricey. Right now on Taxi.net there is a guy selling 24" neck capes(Wisconsin), which is pretty big, for $250.00.
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post #5 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Re: I got burned...now I need some help, PLEASE

Thanks Fish.

My buck measures 24.5 just below the ears and 27 at 3" down.

Anybody recommend a good whitetail taxidermist in the Perry, Cumberland, or Dauphin area that I could get in touch with that could help me out?

I know this is all my fault. I missed the warning signs with this guy, and I know I will have to pay the consequences, but I am just sick right now.

I have half a notion to call my old taxidermist in McKean County, but that is a long haul, and I'd like to develop a relationship with a taxidermist locally that I can trust. I expect to have a good bit of business in the next few years, elk, turkeys, and deer.
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post #6 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 11:32 PM
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i know i have 2 illionois capes, just not sure on the sizes, i would have to thaw them out and see, 1 of them might be close.
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post #7 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 11:33 PM
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Re: I got burned...now I need some help, PLEASE

I do not do deer but do know who the best deer taxidermist is in Perry County-----Call Jeff Elliot @ Meadow Grove Taxidermy in Newport. He may be able to help you out.
I can give you some other names if you wish--just pm me if you are interested.
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post #8 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 11:38 PM
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I would contact the guy and tell him you do not like the job he did and want a partial refund.Tell him you are going to have to get it remounted.
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post #9 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. This is a picture of the buck. I'm sure you can understand why I am heart-sick.
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post #10 of 91 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 11:44 PM
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that is a hog, very nice
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