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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Deer Taxidermy

OK guys, this is the place to get educated, so tell me, why does it take 6 months or more to get a shoulder mount returned? I know that some of the delay is due to the taxidermist's schedule, but is there a drying period or something?
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It doesn't. I killed my buck on November 12th, and brought it up from Virginia the following week to a taxidermist I've always used near Pittsburgh. He asked me how bad I wanted the buck back, and I told him as soon as possible and I already had the money. He said the buck would be done the end of Feb beginning of March which it was. Now I'm just waiting for a good time to go pick it up.

I think all all depends on the volume of work they have and how much time they have to devote to it.

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If only 6 months to get your mount back that's real good!
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Re: Deer Taxidermy

I know many taxis send out hides to be tanned & that involves a considerable turnaround time pending tannery. 6 mths is fairly fast to get mount back. I use Ness Taxidermy here in York County & normally a buck dropped off in deer season is here by my 4th of July picnic or shortly thereafter as a rule of thumb..

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Re: Deer Taxidermy

6 months is good. I've gotten them back in less time.

Some guys also wait to send out all their capes at once which prolongs the time for you to get it back.

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If killed during achery season turn around is alot faster then rifle season.Volume has alot to do with it.I also think with the change in early bear season "achery" alot of taxidermys have more bear to mount then deer,much more time consuming.First come First serve.
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I take back what i said about more bear then deer! But bears mounts is alot of work.
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Unfortunately I have not visited the taxidermist more then a couple times, but most have to outsource tanning the hide. Still I think backlog is the main reason.
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my taxidermist usually has deer taken in Oct back to you by X-mas and the work is of high quality. does own tanning and is an African game specialist. Deer taken in Dec are usually back before the end of April.
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Re: Deer Taxidermy

I think volume of work is the main factor. I think that the variety of work that the taxi does also contributes.

A taxi that has coyotes, bears, squirrels, fish, deer, elk, etc., etc. coming in has a lot more to deal with than the taxi who just does deer and bears or mainly fish and so on. The taxi has to skin most all of the hides, flesh them, saw antlers off and clean up the skull plate, take measurements and order the forms and eyes and any other habitat that will be added and then wait for them, send the hides out to be tanned and so on. Once they get all that back they have to set the eyes, fit the capes, alter the forms if needed, actually mount the deer, get it all adjusted and pin it, fix any problem areas, let it dry and then do the finish work and grooming.

When a taxi has 100s of things coming through the door in a short 3-4 month window, things get backed up and it is on a first come, first serve basis. Since most deer are brought in during rifle season, they are usually the last game that is brought into a taxi. Elk and other western game season are earlier in the year so all those heads and such are brought in earlier. Bear season is earlier. Small game season is earlier. Plus, if a taxi does a lot of turkeys, they are likely still finishing up some from the past spring too. Then you take into account all the smaller stuff that they have to do such as simply mounting antlers to plaques and doing euro mounts and such and it is easy to see why a popular taxi takes awhile to get work back to clients.

The first deer I had mounted was dropped off on the 2nd day of rifle season and it was done right around the first of March since the taxi already had a form that fit it perfectly. My second one was dropped off two days after the last day of rifle season and it was done at the end of April. The one that I got in archery season this year was dropped off on November 1st and I just picked it up last week. Turnaround time for my bear was right around the same as well.

One other thing to consider is the ordering of forms. Shipping costs have skyrocketed recently and many taxis wait until they get enough deer in to make one large order to cut down on the costs of shipping.
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