What should i do??????
I call the taxidermist, who is doing my archery buck, from this past year, yesterday. I kept the antlers at my house (thank goodness) and was going to deliver them to him, when he got my cape back.
To back up: The day I dropped off my cape / antlers, I paid for all of the mount but $50.00. Reason being, he said he would get it done quicker for me. I even offered to pay additional; since, he usually waits and sends all of his capes away at once. Obviously, he didn't send my cape or others he had away until after rifle season.
Yesterday, I call and ask him if he's ready for my antlers yet. He says, "Oh, yeah. I'm ready for them, but I do not have the money to send away and get the capes."
I was like, "What do you mean?"
He says, "Times are tough. I didn't get any turkeys this year. The streams have been too high and haven't got any fish. People owe me money and won't pay. I got stuck with this and that...... My house payment was due yesterday and I couldn't make the payment."
WOW!!! I basically was speechless and didn't know what to say. I and you all know what I could have said, "That isn't my problem, blaaaa blaaa blaaa". It wouldn't have got me anywhere.
There were other things that were said and I'm not even going to go there.
Here are a few questions to you guys / gals:
1. Could he call the tannery and ask for a specific cape to be sent back to him? I want my deer and would pay to have MY cape sent back. I know I shouldn't have to do this, but the buck is a once in a lifetime deer.
2. If I could find out which tannery he uses, could I call and get my cape sent to me? I know I would have to pay for it and would be out $300+ (I already paid). I then, could take the cape to another taxi and have it done.
3. How much is a replacement cape? To me, MY cape is priceless and it wouldn't be the same if I had someone elses cape, but if worse comes to worse - I may not have a choice.
4. How long will a tannery hold capes before they a.) get rid of them or b.) sell them? He told me the capes have been done since April????
Thanks for your opinions guys / gals. I am sick to the stomach right now, thinking of this situation.