Tim - WOW - sorry - but we have all been through it - I had shot a HUGE grey squirrel back in my younger days - an old buck that had a fox squirrel colored tail - I mean HUGE - when I got it back it was the body was the size of a red squirrel - but its head was the size of a house cat - it was bizarre looking - I ended up burning it as well - I couldn't take looking at it every day - but I got what I paid for - my cousin did it for $75
a good buddy of mine and a Taxidermist had a 2 year or longer back log. unfortunately he passed away about two months ago. best all around taxidermist in this area. i dont think there isnt anything he couldnt mount and make it look great.
Haha lesson learned in regards to “you get what you pay for.” Happened to me years ago with a nice buck I killed in bow season. My wife calls him the zombie deer and he’s not allowed to even be hung up in the house.