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So I am less then one year away from retirement. Wife and I would like to move from WI to Florida. I have numerous mounts, red stag, mt lion, africa animals ducks and a 12 foot gator to move. What have those of you who have moved with numerous mounts done ? If you hired someone what type of cost were you looking at ?
Just moved this year with a ton of shoulder mounts. Built a huge crate and mounted all the mounts through the walls. Put it on a pair of moving wheels. Backed the uhaul up to the garage and used the fourwheeler winch to get it in the uhaul. Easy as pie, kinda.
Millie and I moved from TX to TN 7 years ago and brought all 45+ mounts of hers with us including two 1/2 whitetails, 2 lifesize bears, a 10' gator and a pedestal red stag.
The bears, gator, and a couple more were crated by our mover. We laid 15 whitetail mounts, two 1/2 life bears plus the 1/2 life bucks were loaded into a 12x6 enclosed trailer and brought with us. Others were packed into dish cartons and wardrobes and loaded into the moving van.
We used moving pads (a bunch of them) to wrap the whitetail mounts and stacked them like cord wood. Everything made the 900 mile drive without a scratch.
I moved about 25 heads, myself. I rented a Penske van, a larger one. I screwed 3-4’ 2x4s to the back of each mount and then screwed those 2x4 to the truck floor. I moved like that twice, with zero problems. Plug the holes on the floor with plastic wood when you are done. A mover told me they would crate each head and it would ne $100s just in crates per animal. I believe the van rental was about $2000 plus diesel, from Minnesota to Colorado.
Thanks for the ideas. Makes me feel more comfortable that I may be able to do this myself. Buddy just moved and when he told me cost I was floored. That was just from WI to IL without any taxidermy
I had a Coastie bud move all of his mounts from Kodiak down to Wisconsin. He built his own moving crate and let the movers take. He had goats, deer, bears, moose and caribou. It worked great.
I am hoping I can brib someone into a free expenses paid trip to Fl when we decide to go lol