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Old 11-16-2005, 03:55 PM   #1
 
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Default Average cost of a deer head mount?

Just curious what an average cost of having a deer head mount? Like a shoulder mount? Never looked into it but have always wondered.
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Old 11-16-2005, 06:18 PM   #2
 
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The guy I use charges $350.00.
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Old 11-16-2005, 06:51 PM   #3
 
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Therange varies with quality, style and even location. Around me youll see numbers from $300 on up...Im $550 plus.
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Old 11-16-2005, 06:55 PM   #4
 
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I'm a taxidermist in MI and I charge 375.00 this seems to be the going rate around here but I've heard that some taxidermists in other parts of the country are as high as 800.00.
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:29 PM   #5
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Default RE: Average cost of a deer head mount?

Most around me seem to be around $300-$500
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:44 PM   #6
 
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Do you guys have any tips on shopping around for a taxidermist?
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Old 11-17-2005, 08:14 AM   #7
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Default RE: Average cost of a deer head mount?

Beware of the cheap ones but high prices don't always mean good work either. Look at his work, not just the show pieces but also the average customer head. Look at eyelids, nostril detail, alignment of hair patterns, etc... In my area ( northern MN) heads run from 300-600. I charge 375 as abasement part-timer. Just remember it will be on your wall a long time!
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Old 11-17-2005, 04:55 PM   #8
 
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Go talk to the potential taxidermist, and listen to him as well as look at his work. If he speaks well of those around him, and doesnt bad mouth others, at least you know youd be dealing with someone with character, who you could trust. As for the work, all it needs to do is please you. Many of us have won numerous awards, but thats not the only way to measure a good job. Part time, full time, that shouldnt matter either. If the eyes have life (we are talking about the mount now!) and the expression is pleasing, thats all good. If you wanna pay for fine detail, make sure its there. Some folks are looking to find nice work and affordable price, and will comprimise slightly to get both. Its up to the customer. In this case, beauty truly IS in the eye of the beholder. Ive seen heads posted in the hunting site that guys are bragging about, that others, me included, couldnt even comment on, they were so bad. But, someone liked them! Good luck with your choice this year!
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:49 PM   #9
 
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I charge $400 on an average deer shoulder mount, tanned skin not dry preserved.
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Old 11-18-2005, 12:55 AM   #10
 
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The guy I use is 550. He is the best in the busiuness.

Out of Tucson, they are called Lippert/Doyle Taxidermy
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