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Changing a mount once it's complete?

I was just curious if you had a mount, and decided you wanted a different position, how hard would it be, or would it even be possible to do? Say for example you had a fox or bobcat mounted in a sitting position, and you wanted it mounted in a standing/walking position. Is that doeable, or no?

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Re: Changing a mount once it's complete?

I'm not a taxidermist, but since no one answered, I think it can be done, but it all depends on if the pelt is able to be removed in a manner in which it is able to be used again. Usually, with deer mounts, they save the antlers and find a new hide/cape.

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Re: Changing a mount once it's complete?

It would cost as much to remount as to do a fresh mount with a new animal, so unless it is something really rare like an albino, you might as well go trap/shoot another of the same species.

Most times a remount would be tricky, as it depends on the tanning or preservation method and how long ago the mount was done.

You could get a mount done "plushie" style if you can find someone who will do one. The head and lower legs are hard mounted, the hide is a full soft tan and filled with some sort of material, and you can pose it in different laying and sitting positions. There are some who make them over at taxidermy.net 's forums, you can find them in the "mammals" section.
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Re: Changing a mount once it's complete?

Thanks for the replies. I had a bobcat mounted in a sitting position with a grouse at it's feet. Turns out my wifes dog loves feathers. So I was considering getting the cat remounted in a walking/creeping position on a wall mount base so I could put it out of the dogs reach. Didn't know if something like that would be possible or not. I don't really need another cat mounted. This was the first one I ever harvested, and it may be the last. I don't want to kill another one just for the purpose of getting it mounted. Plus, this one was pretty large, so I doubt I'll get one that is more impressive.

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Re: Changing a mount once it's complete?

Sitting mounts can be done for the wall too!

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Re: Changing a mount once it's complete?

replace the grouse with a rabbit or a mouse

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Re: Changing a mount once it's complete?

I thought about that, but I like the grouse/cat combo in the sitting position, better than the mouse or rabbit. If I would happen to get it redone, I think I would take the skull from the bear I got this year, and have the cat creeping/swatting at a chipmonk going into the eye socket of the skull.

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Re: Changing a mount once it's complete?

I've seen it done and it turned out great. I don't do those type of mounts, but I will recommend someone if you want.

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Re: Changing a mount once it's complete?

Have a taxidermist do a wall base that the cat can sit on and get another grouse mounted to replace the damaged one.

If it was mounted in the last couple of years and was fully tanned, it may be able to be wetted out and remounted to another pose.

As to the chipmunk- DON'T! They are illegal to have in PA unless you run a nature center/ have a salvage permit for another educational purpose. Also- no flying squirrels. Having a freeze dried mouse or rat hiding in the skull would be a good substitute.
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Re: Changing a mount once it's complete?

I'm familiar with the regs, and can get the chippy legally, no problem. The cat was done last yr, finished in March. I'm thinking if the cat it sitting on a wall mount with the grouse infront, it would stick off the wall a good deal, and the grouse may be hard to see. where as with the walking mount, if the cat was parallel to the wall, it wouldn't stick out so much

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