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Shoulder Mount Cost
Just curious what shoulder mount costs are running in your area from a reputable experienced taxidermist? 100% curiosity. Whether COVID has changed prices drastically etc. I'm not looking for a taxidermist I've used the same guy for everything I've ever done. But it might be my last shoulder mount lol.
$700 is pretty normal in my area.
Ii paid 450 for a pronghorn shoulder mount last year.
We pay about $225 for stuff like this. Any alterations are extra, of course.
A whitetail shoulder mount runs about $550-$650 in our area.
Haven't had any done here in TN, but a WT shoulder mount was $550, and a wall pedestal running near $700.
750-825 depending on forms
225$ is a great deal for that T-Roy!
I paid 500 for my last one from PA. That was basically just materials cost as my buddy did it. They usually get 750 I think
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T-Roy I am a bit confused. You said a mount like the one above is $225 but any alterations are more. So did the $225 included the open mouth and canine teeth or were they extra?
Jonas Brothers gets $750 for a deer shoulder mount here in Colorado.
In southern Illinois I paid $700 for a WT wall pedestal mount 2 years ago. Took a buck to the same guy last week and the standard price is now $675 for a shoulder mount plus $150 if you want the wall pedestal. Prices have gone up just like everything else.
My guy just went up to $700 here in the Tulsa area. He’s gonna have to be over 160” before I mount another. Euros for me, done in the backyard.
1200$ At my taxidermy in south Ontario
I feel bad walking up on a large racked deer anymore knowing that I'm not going to get it mounted as its just too expensive. Bury in the ground, boil em, I'm trying maceration this year. Call me cheap. Its ok. Live within my means. It would take a pretty large deer to get mounted for me anymore. The cost is running around $750 for a shoulder mount in my area.
$1700 for my Co. bull moose shoulder mount.
$800-$850 in my area. I don’t mount much anymore. I did mount me Mexico deer from this year though, and it was $1,500 for the mount, pedestal, and habitat.
For an outstanding work of art, it will cost you $675.00 in Moberly Missouri.
I had my son Cary 2 piebald deer hides from last season & the hide from a big bodied buck this season to be soft tanned. The taxidermist called & said the price had gone up $75.00 from the last ones I had done & the wait would long.
I used to charge $800 + tax for deer and antelope. $1400 + tax for elk. More of course if they were floor pedestals with habitat. Lots of other prices for different sized animals and life size of course. I have about 5 more to do then I’m done for good.
Expect the price to go up. Tanneries and suppliers have already sent out notices of price increases. Ed F
I'm surprised more guys don't learn to do taxidermy themselves. There's certainly an art to it, but it's not that difficult.
Years ago, I ordered a how-to VHS tape done by a guy named Bill Atkins. I watched it start to finish 3 times before I attempted my first mount. He uses the borax method to preserve the hides. No tanning involved. You can start the mounting process as soon as you get the cape fleshed out. I've completed shoulder mounts 2-3 weeks after killing the animal. I wouldn't say my mounts are the highest quality, but I've see worse from guys who do it professionally.
It's not something that I'd want a steady diet of, but it is rewarding to do your own mounts when you kill something that's worthy of it.
Matt - it's definitely something I'm interested in. Thanks for the note of experience. Not going to do it on this one though, just shot my best deer ever, but something I am interested in for the future.
i'm in Mississippi and i'm a taxidermist. i charge $520 for a commercial shoulder mount for a whitetail.
the material cost has gone way up since covid. Raw material for a should mount is around $170.00 tanning cost is about $150.00 - over head - just depends on utilites, rent, taxes, etc,
doesn't leave alot of room for profit....
Grizzly, maceration works great and is faster. I try to get of as much hide as I can, throw it in a bucket of water and then I put in a fish tank heater. I set this up in an insulated trash can and add water as necessary. Works well and is pretty fast and inexpensive.
I drew a bobcat permit this year and if I get one I’m going to have it mounted too. My taxidermist reluctantly agreed to do it for me for $800. Might be silly but they make a great looking mount.
For guys who want to do their own euro mounts, a turkey frier works great. Just fill a large tub with water and add Dawn dish washing soap and Oxy Clean. Then slow boil the skull for about 45 minutes. After that, I use a power washer to blast most of the remaining flesh and tissue away. Be careful around the fragile nose bones. From there, a bit of hand scraping will usually remove the final bits.
Some guys prefer the natural yellowish skull color. If you like the white bleached out look, 40 volume peroxide that you can buy at a hair salon works the best. Just rub a liberal amount on the skull, being careful to not get any on the antlers, and let sit for a few days.
That's how I did my elk euro mount from last year and it turned out great.
I paid 650 for this one and yes it was intentional... makes a great conversation piece for the wifes non-hunting friends.
800-1000 for one of the better taxidermists in my area
dang. ..mounting gets expensive don't it
Just picked this one up a few weeks ago, $1,400.00. Seems any shoulder mount up here is over a grand nowadays.
The best ways to learn how to do taxidermy is to wither go to a good school or pay a really good taxidermist to come into his shop and learn from him as a day to day, weekly, or hourly rate. Make sure your cape is already tanned. He can teach you how to measure it properly for the right manikin as well. I went to a decent school but wish I would have went to a different one now or learned from a really good taxidermist on a one on one basis. I also learned a ton by going to state competitions and competing myself. I also came up with my own methods that worked better for me with much better results than the way I was taught.
APauls, I would keep your cape well frozen so that you can make a decision to have him mounted or try to mount him yourself someday. As an ex taxidermist (that only mounts for family these days) , I can tell you that those large capes are hard to come by. They can last frozen indefinitely if done right and can be worth quite a bit especially if not cut short. Congratulations on taking a trophy like that with your bow. Badbull
$750 for my bighorn sheep mount and he did all the form modifications for free. Sadly he is retired now.
No way VHS tape will tech you what a good taxidermist knows. Borax will not keep that cape in good shape for many years, as a good tanning job will.
You pay for what you get as the old saying goes. A dry preservative mount, black nose and no claywork around the eye's is going to be cheap. Now, a properly thinned, tanned cape, detailed clay work around eyes/nose with a multi colored paint job around the eyes and nose is going to cost you. Place the above 2 together and you can tell big time. I do it for family and friends. I know the work involved and what it takes. For me, I want a mount that looks like an art piece rather than a dried out piece of fur with a black nose and brown eyes.
Noticed a price hike around here last year. There’s a guy that does pretty good work and he is $550 but only takes in a certain number. Up the road is another who does award quality and he’s $850 and has a shed full of skulls.
5 years ago, I was paying $300.
$675 to $750 here in kansas is the norm now I believe.
$750 or more, depending on the form, at my taxidermist
Nick is that a Dall or Marco. Holly cow!
$325 for my taxi in WI. He does great work and his price has been the same since I took my first deer there in 2010. Picking my 2020 buck up tomorrow!
Huntingpooch, He does a great job. That looks very lifelike
Not bad for $325, right.....LOL!
lol, Giant habitat base too.
i'm a taxidermist. i recently went up on my price to $520
i make make about $200 per deer head....
I paid $750 for my whitetail last year. Still waiting.
I know a guy that just took a deer to the taxidermist in Delaware today and $500 was the cost for that. He said the guys work in his shop looked pretty good, I didn’t see it myself
Badbull Can you elaborate on how to correctly freeze a cape. My son in law shot his first buck and we are going to euro it now. But it was a great buck for 1st one and I caped it out to save so he has the option later. Thanks
550$ to 675$ Depending on which taxidermist I want to take it too. My guy charges 550. All my mounts have been by him. My buddy uses the 675 guy. Both look incredible. Full bodied goats are 3200.
Ranges from under $400 from a part-time guy using dry preservative (instead of tanning) to $800 for a museum-quality professional job.
I'm currently at $1175 CAD for a deer/pronghorn mount. Sheep/goats I charge more for. Likely will go to $1250 next year on deer.
Huntingpooch, $325? your guy may do good work but either likes working for free or he's an idiot (possibly both).
If I was still doing taxidermy my prices would be pretty close to what Rackmastr is charging. I just can’t seem to get my last 6 done. I’ve been trying to get a bull mounted for the last 2 1/2 months! Everything is prepped and ready, just need the time.
Ultimately, hunters are often the worst judges of what a quality mount should or could look like. That's not saying that none do, but some of the endorsements for taxidermists is perplexing at times. There is a big gap from fair to good to great. Those extra details come at a price. Nose, lips, eyes, ears, fleshing and tanning work, and the manikin itself, are what determines the artistry involved. I'd be very leery hearing a low price, because professional taxidermists tend to be professional businessmen, and they are few and far between. Guys make claims of being a master taxidermist, but in my opinion, a master is someone who competed, and was judged highly amongst his peers by another master. Not a guy who's mounted crap for 30 years. That doesn't mean that the friend's uncle cannot mount a deer, even at a fair price, and even good. It just means it's rare. When shopping for a taxidermist, ask to see their work, and look beyond the antlers. Look at the ears for great shape, lack of curl at the tips, vein detail in painting. Look at the nose. Is it wet looking? Are the nodules shaped correctly? Look at the eyes and lips. Are they accurate, tucked cleanly? I'd expect to pay $700 or greater.
$475 for a 2020 whitetail here in Georgia. 2021 price is now $540. Also my taxidermist said that several of the tanneries shut down during Covid and never reopened, so expect longer turn around times.
I just dropped one off at a near-by taxidermist, his rate for a whitetail shoulder mount is $550. The other one we got a quote from was $600.
well my $475 mount in 2019 went to $600 now.
My taxidermist is at $650
Shipping cost+foam+tannery expect the at least $450 for a quality job.Don't have them use Borax.
Went with my brother-in-law to drop off his rifle kill to have a Euro mount done. A horn mount is $129 a Euro mount $129/$149 with plaque. He asked about a shoulder, $800 was told. They had a full body mount of a black bear in process.....$4200.00 with the base. Nice looking work! Good thing I'm too old to turn into a trophy hunter, not enough time to save for mounts. My bear rug was $375 back in 1985. Dropped it off in 85 wasn't done till '87.
Mine was $750 this year in Greensburg, IN.
Here I mass. From 450 cheep just learning , to 700 for award winning job thats the guy I use l should b getting a call soon to pick up my previous years,
Mine with a panel is costing me $620.00
$495 here in Ohio for museum quality hand tanned mount, up from $350 just two years ago.
$725 for a wall ped deer with bracket from my NY guy... and he's really good. There's a guy between his shop and where I live that supposedly upped his price to $900 for a wall ped and his work is at times "hot garbage" and at others not bad - to my "untrained eye".
Finally went it to drop mine off. Was quoted $650-$725. Looking at an offset shoulder, semi-sneak left turn.
"Museum quality" I've seen more garbage then not in museums.