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Old 08-09-2018, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Good vs. bad taxidermy

You know what is sad? The number of people who don't know good vs. bad taxidermy work. I understand that some folks have an "eye" for it and some don't. And I guess if you are happy with it, then nothing else matters. Folks, please do your homework before dropping off your trophy/memory of a lifetime. Pay attention to past work, lead time, price, references. I have been stung once by shoddy taxi work in the past. It makes me sick every time I look at those animals today. One being, my dad's biggest buck to date. He's 76 now and I doubt he'll best it.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:23 PM   #2
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You know what is sad? The number of people who don't know good vs. bad taxidermy work. I understand that some folks have an "eye" for it and some don't. And I guess if you are happy with it, then nothing else matters. Folks, please do your homework before dropping off your trophy/memory of a lifetime. Pay attention to past work, lead time, price, references. I have been stung once by shoddy taxi work in the past. It makes me sick every time I look at those animals today. One being, my dad's biggest buck to date. He's 76 now and I doubt he'll best it.
I agree!!! I see some mounts posted here and just shake my head at the shoddy work.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:27 PM   #4
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:28 PM   #5
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:29 PM   #6
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OKTX I like it
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:31 PM   #7
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I agree!!! I see some mounts posted here and just shake my head at the shoddy work.
HAHA. Yep, thus this thread.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:31 PM   #8
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OKTX I like it
I do too. However, unless it's real bad I can't spot the subtle mistakes.
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You know what is sad? The number of people who don't know good vs. bad taxidermy work. I understand that some folks have an "eye" for it and some don't. And I guess if you are happy with it, then nothing else matters. Folks, please do your homework before dropping off your trophy/memory of a lifetime. Pay attention to past work, lead time, price, references. I have been stung once by shoddy taxi work in the past. It makes me sick every time I look at those animals today. One being, my dad's biggest buck to date. He's 76 now and I doubt he'll best it.

If it is so emotional of an issue to you why don't you just have the ones you dislike done over again? It would be a nice 77th birthday gift to your Dad to have his "cleaned" up for him.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:33 PM   #10
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I think it is also a mistake to leave your antlers with the taxi before he is ready for them. I have known people to drop them off & never see them again.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:36 PM   #11
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Some common things to look for are staple holes, stitching on the back of the neck, cracking around the lips, gaps between the hide/hair and antler bases, eyes, duct work, nasal passages, crooked antlers, and one of my favorites, ears that are misshapen or wrongly oriented. I'm sure a taxi will come along shortly and point out some others.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:37 PM   #12
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If it is so emotional of an issue to you why don't you just have the ones you dislike done over again? It would be a nice 77th birthday gift to your Dad to have his "cleaned" up for him.
Agreed, I have been seriously considering this.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:41 PM   #13
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I tell people its bad when they show me in person. That way they can get it fixed and/or not repeat on their next trophy.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:43 PM   #14
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One thing that I look for in a good taxi is one that can get the brisket, armpit and front shoulder alignment correct. A lot of other wise decent looking mounts are ruined by the white armpit hair wrapping around the front part of the shoulder.
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Agreed, I have been seriously considering this.
I know I have one I want a do over on.

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Old 08-09-2018, 01:54 PM   #16
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I know I have one I want a do over on.

I don't know why but I'm hung up on losing the capes and starting over fresh.
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:07 PM   #17
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Old 08-09-2018, 03:24 PM   #18
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Just recently had a buck mounted by a taxi that came recommended by a few different folks. Havnt picked him up yet but have a pic. Iím not the best at identifying a good mount but the mount seems somewhat off to me. Friends and family say it looks great though. Iíd gladly show a picture to get some of you guys honest opinions if some one would help me post the pic.
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:13 PM   #19
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Having grown up with 2 taxidermists in the family and seeing the difference between good and bad work, I have to shake my head at some of the mounts proudly posted on forums. Some are very good, but many of them are terrible. Hate to tell folks that are happy with their trophy that it looks horrible, and I usually just congratulate them on the animal and not the mount.

A good taxidermist is a true artist that can take a bloody mess of dead flesh, fur, fins, or feathers and make it come ALIVE...not just "preserved".
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:20 PM   #20
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I hear union employees say this alot lol.

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Old 08-09-2018, 08:06 PM   #21
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But hey, they got them back fast and it was cheaper.


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Old 08-09-2018, 08:12 PM   #22
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A guy by the name of Joel Estes Fd me good for my first bobcat. He took 2 buck capes a doe hide and cash and still donít have Shiz to show for it. Sorry POS


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Old 08-09-2018, 08:19 PM   #23
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I do not have any shoulder mounts for one basic reason. I have appreciated very few mounts and the one's I liked were WAY more expensive then I would pay to have it done. Not that the work isn't worth the extra price, I just can't justify it. All of my "special" bucks are Euro Mounted by me. That way the only person i can be upset with is myself.
Good Taxidermy work is rare, and maybe underappreciated.
My dad shot his biggest two years ago and had to have it mounted. I try not to even look at it when I go to his house...
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:21 PM   #24
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On that case it would be skilled labor ain't cheap
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:18 PM   #25
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Just recently had a buck mounted by a taxi that came recommended by a few different folks. Havnt picked him up yet but have a pic. Iím not the best at identifying a good mount but the mount seems somewhat off to me. Friends and family say it looks great though. Iíd gladly show a picture to get some of you guys honest opinions if some one would help me post the pic.
Letís see it
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:18 PM   #26
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:37 PM   #27
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I like that a lot...
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:03 PM   #28
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I think it is also a mistake to leave your antlers with the taxi before he is ready for them. I have known people to drop them off & never see them again.
Amen
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:01 PM   #29
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The mounts at the big deer contest provide the full range of taxidermy skill! More bad than good! You can pick a Verrip or Palermo mount out a mile away. The attention to detail shines when side by side. The bug eyed, bullfrog looking ones are pathetic!
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The eyes are what stand out the most to me. Especially on bobcats and other predators. Also the posture of the animal is something I notice. One thing that I've never understood is rattlesnakes that are coiled with their mouth wide open. A rattlesnake never does that unless it's actually striking. A water moccasin will coil up and open their mouth as a bluff to intimidate a threat. Knowing how an animal behaves in the wild and incorporating that into the mount can make or break a mount in my opinion. A lot of it is just preference too. I'd prefer a buck shoulder mount with a big neck than the thinner neck. But again that's just my preference. What looks better to me might not look as good to some which is fine. If you're happy with it that's all that matters.

I will say this, I think most importantly you get what you pay for no matter what so if you have to save up and keep something in the freezer until you can get enough money to get it done I recommend it. I've got a $300 bobcat mount that I put on the shelf in my closet. I also have an $800 grey fox mount that hangs on my wall. The difference in quality is very noticeable.

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Old 08-10-2018, 01:39 AM   #31
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Its rampant in waterfowl taxidermy.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:40 AM   #32
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A good one is the one that doesn't run off with your mount and money.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:51 AM   #33
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One thing about taxi work is that you never tell someone they got a crappy mount back. Typically people.look past the flaws and are thrilled with the mount on their wall so keep your opinion to yourself.
When I did some taxi work in the past i was 100% self taught and I only took work from people who knew that and just wanted something cheap. Typically when I was done I was almost embarrassed to take any money. My customers thought I had done great work.
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:34 AM   #34
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You know what is sad? The number of people who don't know good vs. bad taxidermy work. I understand that some folks have an "eye" for it and some don't. And I guess if you are happy with it, then nothing else matters. Folks, please do your homework before dropping off your trophy/memory of a lifetime. Pay attention to past work, lead time, price, references. I have been stung once by shoddy taxi work in the past. It makes me sick every time I look at those animals today. One being, my dad's biggest buck to date. He's 76 now and I doubt he'll best it.
Get it redone.
I think a good mount looks like it is walking out of the wall.
I use to mount all our good deer. But now euros make more sense on space and money. Until I kill a buck with a very unique hide.

I have used one taxi my entire 40 years of mounting animals.
Not show quality work, but good work at a great price.
Honest fellow and loves to share the stories of the animals in his shop.
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:49 AM   #35
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I have 7 animals at my taxi right now. One has been there a over year and half now. I never say anything about a timeline to him and he never promises me a due date. I have a bear mount coming soon and he told me that when he does my bear he will shut the shop down and that is all he will work on, totally dedicated to his art. I could not ask for better taxi, and believe me, I have had a couple of garbage mounts done by "experts".

If I spend money on a hunt and am fortunate enough to take a trophy, I will get a professional mount done.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:02 AM   #36
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I have a bear mount coming soon and he told me that when he does my bear he will shut the shop down .
Your taxidermist is a smooth talking salesman as well as a good taxidermist
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Not good. Buddy had to send it back to have the antlers straightened out, but I wasnít impressed with the overall look either.


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Old 08-10-2018, 08:44 AM   #38
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To me, it’s all about getting the ears and the eyes right. Every mount I have has been done by the same taxi. And they are all semi-sneak pose, with the ears in alert position. It’s just looks so much more realistic to me that way. Plus my taxi is fantastic
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:46 AM   #39
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Most people look at antlers and not mount quality, also cheapest price. Dont understand that, I spend enough enjoying the outdoors, why go cheap on a memory that will last 30+ years? But to each his own, just educate yourself on what good work is and cheap usually never equates to very good in any service you are paying for.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:11 AM   #41
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Some folks look never look below the rack on a shoulder mount. I've seen some terrible mounts that the hunter was perfectly happy with. Whatever makes you happy, I just couldn't imagine hanging that on my wall forever.

I've used multiple taxidermist over the years. Each have their strengths and specialties and are better at certain animals than others. One thing I've learned for sure is that the really good ones don't advertise, make deals or promise a timeline.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:27 AM   #42
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I have ZERO quality issues with my taxidermist

Most mounts look ok from across the room, itís the details up close that make the difference
















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Old 08-10-2018, 09:42 AM   #43
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Wait, are these good or bad? I'm confused.
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:48 AM   #48
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Iím not a pro but it doesnít take one to say them look amazing!
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