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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Where can I find an elk cape?

Hello,

Does anybody know where I can find an elk cape? It will need to be for a fairly large bull as my bull scored 365.

The outfitter left my cape in a ball in his cooler for a few days, forgetting about it while helping a few guides prepare to leave elk camp for the season. When he finally remembered it was in there, it was too late. He shipped it anyway, hoping for the best, and of course was full of mold. We shipped it to a tannery anyway, again hoping for the best, but it was ruined.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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The outfitter isn't willing to help?

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I've been getting the run around since September with the outfitter. I believe his plan is to give me the run around until next season and hope that someone only wants a European mount.

I'm trying to do the leg work for him, as I have more of a vested interest in this than him, and when I find my replacement cape, I'm going to send him the link and tell him, "buy this one". I also believe that an elk cape would be different depending on the season it was taken and location. Since I lost my original cape, I'm trying to find a replacement as close to the original as possible. For example, I killed him during archery season. I'd like an archery season cape. I might be crazy, but from the deer I've killed in PA, there is a difference between an archery and rifle cape.

At least that's my plan...

From the capes that I've found online, I see an inch measurement next to the cape, such as 31". Could anyone tell me what that number means and what size would be appropriate for a bull that green scored 365?

Thanks again all!
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I've needed replacement capes for an elk and mule deer. The bull cape wasn't froze properly, the muley mount was burned in a fire. Taxidermist ordered them, they have a catalogue with assorted capes. I believe elk was $250, deer was $200. But that was 10 years ago, so prices may have gone up.
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OK thanks for the info. I'm going to give the taxidermist a call tonight and see how he wants to handle this. If he can acquire me one, great. I'll just call the outfitter and ask him to either pay for it, or reimburse the taxidermist. After 5-6 months of this drama, I just want this over with.
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OK thanks for the info. I'm going to give the taxidermist a call tonight and see how he wants to handle this. If he can acquire me one, great. I'll just call the outfitter and ask him to either pay for it, or reimburse the taxidermist. After 5-6 months of this drama, I just want this over with.
That's how we handled our situation ten years ago. Four of us killed an elk and buck each. When we hauled the meat quarters to the butcher, we also had our capes, that were to frozen and freighted back with the meat. The butcher forgot to freeze the capes, and when he got around to it, they were turning green. When the stuff got shipped from Utah, I met the truck and started to unpack everything from the ice chests. The capes were all still frozen, but the flesh was green and had a smell. The butcher must have thought we wouldn't have noticed. ( hard to miss ). Called the outfitter, he got to the bottom of the story, and had the butcher shop reimburse the taxidermist for the replacement capes. Best of luck to you.
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Might be able to help you out. Where are you located? Shoot me a PM.
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check east coast tannery they usually have some nice capes
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