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Old 11-07-2016, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default Clay Wagner taxidermist?

Anybody use him before or know how to get ahold of him?
I sent her m a big bobcat almost 2 years ago and he is now dodging my calls and text messages.



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Old 11-07-2016, 10:24 AM   #2
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Sounds like your mount may be gone after 2 years.... Or he's super busy
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Old 11-07-2016, 10:30 AM   #3
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Default Clay Wagner taxidermist?

I took him one in April of '14 and haven't heard a thing.


Edit: I should clarify that he told me up front, "I take a long time but you'll be happy with it. It will take at least a year".

I met him in person and chose him based on his reputation among other taxidermists and the quality of his work that I've seen up close. Not bad mouthing him at all. Just haven't been able to reach him.

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Old 11-07-2016, 01:05 PM   #4
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I took it to him at the end of January and he originally told me it would be 6 months.... I thought that was really fast so no worries. I never heard anything from him and at 6 months just called to check in as we never discussed what pose for the cat.....says that will be getting to it in a couple weeks and will give me a call.....

I let 3 more months go by and call him up and same story......
So on and so on...

Now last 3 time that I have called and left a message or texted he won't call back.

I'm not try to bad mouth him either but when he tells me that he is going to call me back or he gives me a date to expect it by I expect him to do that, or at least call me and let me know an update.


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Old 11-07-2016, 01:31 PM   #5
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Maybe try facebook?
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:39 PM   #6
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I gave him 2 cats September 2015. I spoke to him last week and he was getting ready to mount them. the best way to get ahold of him is to just call. He told me he has about 15 that he started last week.
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:04 PM   #7
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He told me the same exact things haha. But it's been under a year. Said he was working on mine a couple weeks ago

I will add that he's been highly recommended by folks I trust. I'm sure it'll all turn out fine.

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Old 11-07-2016, 02:54 PM   #8
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I've had multiple mounts done by him as he came highly reputed but nothing since 2013, it took time but they were always done within a year, his work was better than 95% of the stuff I've seen in the state, and no one does cats better.
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Old 11-07-2016, 04:06 PM   #9
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He told me the same exact things haha. But it's been under a year. Said he was working on mine a couple weeks ago

I will add that he's been highly recommended by folks I trust. I'm sure it'll all turn out fine.



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I've had multiple mounts done by him as he came highly reputed but nothing since 2013, it took time but they were always done within a year, his work was better than 95% of the stuff I've seen in the state, and no one does cats better.

Yes, I agree that he came highly recommended and when I talked with him felt very comfortable sending my cat to him.
Again, not trying to bash but when first said only 6 months for turn around time. 6 months came and no word or call to verify the pose. Then couple months go by and it was about to get started, ect...

After the first call he would say let me look and will call you back and then went m.i.a.
About every 3 months I would try to get ahold of him and same thing....

If I was told that It will take 2 years then I would not bother or expect it until 2 years. But when you say it will be a couple more weeks or months, i expect it in that time frame. Or when I am told that I will call you tomorrow with an update I expect a call....

Not looking for anything special just the expectations that have been set.




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Old 11-07-2016, 04:12 PM   #10
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If you find a taxidermist that can finish a job within 6 month and does quality work, let me know. Sounds like a unicorn.
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Old 11-07-2016, 04:30 PM   #11
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If you find a taxidermist that can finish a job within 6 month and does quality work, let me know. Sounds like a unicorn.


I agree and would never expect that, that is what he told me....


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Old 11-07-2016, 04:40 PM   #12
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Clay is a good taxidermist but a terrible business man. He might be one of those guys that is in business for himself so he can choose how little he works.

He does this with a lot of people.
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Old 11-07-2016, 04:51 PM   #13
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Clay is the best when it comes to bobcats...I'd wait 2 years to have one from him if that's what it took. I don't think this is out of the ordinary for him.
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:25 PM   #14
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So did you ever hear from him?
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:18 PM   #15
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Clay is a friend of mine. I have is phone number
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:41 PM   #16
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Default Clay Wagner taxidermist?

I have been waiting a year for a fox. I'm not in a rush or upset but this is much longer than he told me in person. I gave him the deposit and met in person and personally like the guy. Anyhow, I called mornings, afternoons, etc. Finally, after months he did answer my ring. He said he lost my number and all my paperwork, ETC. I still had my receipt with info, address, ranch name, county, etc. and texted it back to him on his request. That was two weeks ago. Still waiting for him to get back to me so we can decide how the animal will be finished (laying, standing, ETC).

Re: unicorn comment (changing subject)
I have many many mounts from many different taxidermists. The unicorn comment is dead wrong. I have used good people that tan there own hides and some that will send hides to the tannery in increments instead of one big slug at a time (to save on drive time, cost, etc). Every taxidermist works at their own pace but many work quicker or slower than others. To say that the extra 6 months is for extra detail on an animal is just flat incorrect.
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:50 PM   #17
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Clay does amazing cats. I can't comment on anything besides that. Good luck with everything


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Old 11-26-2016, 10:54 PM   #18
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I have been waiting a year for a fox. I'm not in a rush or upset but this is much longer than he told me in person. I gave him the deposit and met in person and personally like the guy. Anyhow, I called mornings, afternoons, etc. Finally, after months he did answer my ring. He said he lost my number and all my paperwork, ETC. I still had my receipt with info, address, ranch name, county, etc. and texted it back to him on his request. That was two weeks ago. Still waiting for him to get back to me so we can decide how the animal will be finished (laying, standing, ETC).

Ya, still have not heard back...
One of last time I talked to him got the same line....and it's let me check and give you a call back in the morning and nothing
I'll probably start trying to call from a different number maybe




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Old 11-27-2016, 06:37 AM   #19
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Clay is a friend of mine. I have is phone number
Show him this thread. I'm in no rush to get mine. I want it to look perfect. Just makes me nervous with folks saying they have waited 2+ years lol
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:28 AM   #20
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Clay called me about a week ago out of the blue and I thought it was pretty good timing with this thread. He was about to get started on mine and said it should be completed in short order so I dropped a check in the mail the next day. I'll post up pics when it's here.
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:22 AM   #21
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Clay called me about a week ago out of the blue and I thought it was pretty good timing with this thread. He was about to get started on mine and said it should be completed in short order so I dropped a check in the mail the next day. I'll post up pics when it's here.
When did you drop it off

Edit The one from April 14?
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:24 AM   #22
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Yessir, that's correct
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Old 11-27-2016, 12:52 PM   #23
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Clay called me about a week ago out of the blue and I thought it was pretty good timing with this thread. He was about to get started on mine and said it should be completed in short order so I dropped a check in the mail the next day. I'll post up pics when it's here.
So you are paid in full before actually seeing the completed animal? If so, you are a more trusting man than I, especially given the comments and lack of communication expressed on this thread. Best of luck and I hope it all works out.
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:36 PM   #24
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Never said that. If anything, Clay is more trusting than anyone since he's never asked for a penny. I get what you're saying though. Having said that, I offered to pay in full when I dropped it off and he wouldn't let me. I can't speak on his customer service but I've seen his work in person and it really is second to none.
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:51 PM   #25
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Taxidermists get very busy and hate being bothered just let them do their thing and enjoy when its done.
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Old 11-27-2016, 06:23 PM   #26
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It looks like he does great work!
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Old 12-11-2016, 11:23 AM   #27
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Anymore info? Did you hear from him again?
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Old 12-11-2016, 12:17 PM   #28
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Anymore info? Did you hear from him again?


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Old 01-03-2017, 08:38 AM   #29
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Still have not heard anything back and got another cat this morning.
Now need to find another taxidermist.


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I've been wanting to kill a bobcat for a couple years now I know who not to take it too when I do.
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He did a Mountain Lion mount for me. Took about 1 1/2 years. Very happy with the results, the cat faces are what makes or breaks a mount for me. I would take him the next bobcat or Mountain Lion I get.
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:45 PM   #32
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He ever call you back?
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:28 PM   #33
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From what I hear he is some sort of savant...not good people skills but good work. Kinda like sending a loose box of toothpicks to rain man.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:56 PM   #34
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He ever call you back?


Nope, still never heard back.
No response to voice mails or text messages


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Old 02-27-2017, 11:37 PM   #35
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Nope, still never heard back.
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Probably better off. Saved you some money and the inherent disappointment that comes from every Bobcat mount
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Good work or not, I'd ask for it back and go somewhere else,
alot of great Taxis out there!
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:34 AM   #37
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Hard to ask for it back and my deposit when you can't get ahold of him


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Old 02-28-2017, 10:36 AM   #38
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Check out Mark Couture of God's Creation Taxidermy. He is an award winning cat Taxidermist.
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I went through the same ordeal with him but finally got my cat back. I'll pm some useful info.
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:25 AM   #40
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I've used him twice. Never had trouble getting a quality mount done by him. Sometimes he takes awhile to return a call, but when you are the owner, boss, secretary, janitor all in one you can't stay on the phone all day shooting the breeze and expect the mounts to sew themselves up. I got one mount back in about 7 months and another near the year mark. I will agree that not returning text, emails or phone calls is not good for business even if it takes a few days to get caught back up from doing so......
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Still have not heard anything back and got another cat this morning.
Now need to find another taxidermist.


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Texantax is right around the corner from you and does great work. Couldn't be happier with the cat he did for me.
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Blows my mind how some people's people and business skills suck so bad!!!

And how much more money they would make if they knew how to run a business

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That is BS. The taxidermist could at least take or return your call. Cant stand people like that. Hopefully your mount will eventually turn out good.
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That is BS. The taxidermist could at least take or return your call. Cant stand people like that. Hopefully your mount will eventually turn out good.
Agree!!!! It's total BS and a lack of respect
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:26 PM   #46
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Anybody get their mount back yet? Week past a year for me. He usually answers when I call. Won't text though lol. I hate bugging a taxidermist. But I've never been so excited to get a mount back haha
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Old 03-29-2017, 12:15 AM   #47
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Still nothing for me


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Old 03-29-2017, 06:16 AM   #48
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Forget the darn phone y'all need to drive to his shop that why you can look him in the eye when he lies to you!


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I know Clay does incredible work; I'm really surprised that he's handling business like this.

I hope this gets resolved.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:03 AM   #50
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Same crap he did to me, he had a bobcat of mine for a year and a half, at the year mark I would call every couple of weeks for a status update cuz he kept telling me it was almost done, finally got ****** and drove up there to pick up whatever he had done, we'll when I got there he hadn't even tanned the bobcat yet... He could just be honest and say it was gonna be awhile longer instead of feeding lies, Hes a sorry SOB
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