Re: How much time ??
OK< I have almost 30 deer heads mounted
so have some experience here
what I will tell you is this, a good taxidermist is like finding the right woman LOL
there NOT all the same in any way shape for form
finding a GOOD consistent one is NOT an easy task
as for time frame
that all comes down to HOW they work
do they tan there own hides, do, they ship hides as they get them, OR like many do, they wait till they get a bunch then ship to save money buy sending in bulk and getting better rates
then comes the TYPE of tanning they do, or HAVE done
I have had heads back in under 3 months, and some that the LAZY SOB of a taxidermist took 4 + yrs of pestering to get it back, and a few I gave up on and just took my racks back and deposits, or would have sued them!
average is about a YR for most places
NOW< here is food for your thought here
finding an extra Cape for you, is NO easy task, all the more so if he's doing it at a FAIR deal, in which I mean, he's HOPING to FIND a local that will donate one to him
and if thats the case, well that could be weeks or months from when he GOT your deer into his shop
and then is the SIZE of the cape
something I gather you don't know much about
BUT if you shot a BIG trophy buck, and he just grabs a cape off a SMALL BUCK< the difference will be HUGE in what you get back
when they get a buck in they measure the deer, noce, neck and such measuraments( I highly recommend folks learn to measure there own, asn KNOW many guys who got WRONG capes used in there mounts and NOT very happy now, but NO way to prove) shooting a 250 lb deer and getting a cape back from a 90 lb deer is a BIG let down LOL
SO< if this Taxidermist is TRYING to do you good, and getting you a cape as close to the size your's was
that takes even more time on HIS part
you start busting his [censored] now, you will be the looser NOT him
check in once a month if you like and ask nicely!, just tell hi your new and it means a lot to you to get it back for others to enjoy HIS work
NOW if a yr comes and goes, then its time to start getting MAD and worried
and again, ONCE you FIND a good taxidermist
and by this I mean LEARN the difference between a GOOD mount and a BAD one
learn what to look for, and look at there work in there shops, do ALL look GOOD< or do some look so so, and other great and others poor??
that's the difference between a GOOD one and just a taxidermist
a good one EVERYTHING will look GOOD, no crossed eye animals, no white showing in eye's on critters that DON"T have any white in there eye's
and so on
most folks never know what a BAD mount is, till they get a GOOD one and place it next to the BAD one
and sadly MAY taxidermist know this, and also know MOST only get one or two mounted and don't see the differences
and can get away with crappy/sloppy work
due to folks just NOT knowing what GOOD work really is
Good taxidermist are HARD to find, trust me here
in my area say 100 miles radius, have a few dozen and ,most I wouldn't give them a squirrel to do, never mind a deer of trophy quality
sad, but true
over priced crappy work, getting first time hunters money! and its sad!
many uop here have taken in too many deer heads and then went under never even getting heads back to PAID in full customers
save proof of deposits and time frames, get things in WRITING!
good luck, and post a pic when you get it back
love to see it!