TAXIDERMY TIME

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TAXIDERMY TIME

JUST WAS WONDERING HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR A DEER MOUNT TO BE DONE? I HAVE HAD ONE AT THE TAXIDERMIST SINCE NOV 05 AND STILL NO WORD. IS THIS NORMAL?

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It depends on the taxidermist. First question I ask with a taxidermist is, "How long of a wait can I expect?". I know some taxidermists are over a year... others are within 6 months. It just varies with how much work they have.

I would for certain be calling the taxidermist (if you haven't already) and asking for an update on it. I don't think they would be bothered by your call.

-Justin

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Nov 2005 is way too long

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WSWAT--Way long however my brother in law hasn't gotten his back from 2005 yet but I know it will be done anyday. In my opinion this is too long. Usually, I would say a year from when you took it in. By the way, how's the new job!

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THINGS ARE GOING WAY BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE IMAGINED. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PIKE BITE WHICH HAS STARTED BY THE WAY. ALSO I HAVE ALSO STARTED SCOUTING FOR FALL BOW HUNTING AND THINGS LOOK GOOD. THANKS SOLOCAM.

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Spill coffee on your capslock key?

If not, please stop yelling.

BTW, a deer from 2005 would be about a year past due in my book. I would have started calling somewhere around the 9-10 month mark.

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Dropped two perch off last Nov. and I called this month to check on them. He said to check back in March. Figured they would be done by the end of March. Thats decent time. Only 5 months.

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I took my wife's deer to Trailes End Taxidermy in Menoken. She got her deer the opening saturday and we should have it back in two weeks. The guy who does it is Wes Ennen. He usually does around 100 deer heads each year and he holds an open house the first part of march to display all the mounts at one time. I have had other things done there before and have always been happy. I took my wife's first pheasant there and within two weeks, I had it back and it is really nice. Prices are very reasonable also!

"Skokie"

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Sorry that was suppose to be Trails End Taxidermy.

"Skokie"

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The guy that does my work tells me to not even start looking for it for at least 11 months. Last time he did some work for me, I called in at 11 months and he told me I could pick it up the next week as it was just being finished. I would start calling your guy should have been done by now.

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In all reality it should only take less than a week once he gets started.

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I've waited 12-18 months before. Just depends, but I ask in advance. If I know the guy, and trust him, a little longer doesn't bother me.

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FYI,

I do Taxidermy as a hobbie, and one thing that I stress to customers is the time it takes to do good work. The reason why some taxidermists take longer than others is because of the tannery they choose. Some taxidermist use a dry preservitive and others will ship out a hide for tanning. The particular tannery I use takes about 8-10 mounths to get back. It took a long time to find a good tannery over the years but in my opinion a good tannery will also assist the taxidermist in producing a good mount. Quality takes time and if you want a good looking mount be patient..... Another clue is if the taxidermist is busy he must obviously have quality work with repeating customers... Post any questions and I'll be happy to help.

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I always get my deer, pheasants, ducks, or whatever back withing 7 months. It never fails with the guy that I go to.

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FISH2MUCH, which tannery do you use? I have mounted 5 deer in the last few years and have been using K and K in Michigan for the last 3 capes. But I wouldn't mind trying another tannery just to see if I would see a difference.

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Wayder,

email me at dcarufel@hotmail.com.
I have some info for you about your taxidermist, whom I used to use...

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Blueflame01,

What I did was go to www.taxidermy.net and search the forms for recommended tannery's by other taxidermists. I have sent some capes to K&K before and others have gone else where depending on the mount. Depending on your mounting ways each tan will work with different styles of mounting. I takes time to figure out the right combination. K&K is a good start. I've heard they do 60,000 capes a year. Must mean something. Anyway makes sure you tag your capes with your code or shop name. I actually use cattle ear tags and it works pretty good.

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I have an archery antelope that I dropped off at my taxidermists on Sept. 15th and it is done today. I can't wait to see it and it officially went Pope and Young. He grossed a little over 70 and netted 70 even.

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I wanted to comment on this because I was talking about this not too long ago at the local watering hole and then I asked Jamie (my taxidermist from New Rockford) about what to expect.  This is what he had to say:

As for your turn around time question, I feel that a taxidermist doing high quality work should be able to get a deer mount back to his customers between 9 - 12 months. Using a quality tannery is of utmost importance.
 
The quality of a tanned hide can make the difference between a good mount and a great one. High quality tanneries are busy because they are good.  The wait for a quality tanned cape is definitely worth it. I give my customers an estimated turn a round time of 9 to 10 months, but they are usually done between 7 to 10 months.

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Tim Sandstrom


 

 

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