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.