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    Options for Taxidermist Problems

    So I wanted to get some opinions on my options for an issue I am having with a taxidermist in WY. I live in AL and came out in October of 2016 and was able to tag an antelope. Dropped it off with a taxidermist in the Casper area and paid half down for the deposit which is pretty standard.

    I still don't have my antelope mount, and have not been able to get in touch with the taxidermist since the last week of November. I have called at least 4 times since the end of November with voicemails and no return calls. Honestly I wouldn't call that much if I just knew what was going on or and estimated date at this point.

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    I've had to wait for 2 years to get a mount back from a well established, and well respected taxi before.
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    I have waited two years as well for a caribou mount, but the taxi always answered the phone or called back. Once he let me know he had shoulder surgery and it would probably be done by x date, I left him alone for well over a year.

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    I think that two years is way excessive unless the taxidermist is having health problems and would never accept that long of a turn over. My brother in law had a bull elk done and it took close to two years and there were problems with the mount, it looked like a first year taxidermist did it, that long it should be perfect.

    I just dropped off my coues deer to have a mount done at the end of December and they said it would be 8 months out which is about right. I have also had mounts done in less than 5 months, it all depends.

    It is too bad that the one that you are using isn't returning phone calls, that goes to show what he thinks of customers.
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    Let us know what taxidermist and the town. Maybe a forum member could drop in a ask in person? I have heard some horror stories through the years with fire, theft, and taxidermists going out of business. I personally experienced one that went out of business. I was having two 6lb trout mounted together. Paid a deposit and never heard from the guy again. The locals said he packed up shop and disappeared. His business is closed and I never got got my money or the fish back.

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    What Hilltop said... Had a similar issue in Olympia some years back.

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    Bogus deal. With as many WY members as there are someone local can probably help out.

    It only takes a couple weeks-month to mount a deer/antelope. All the other wait time is just your animal sitting in a box or freezer. My buddy started doing deer for family and friends and I have gotten to see the process first hand. When a taxi quotes a 12, 18, or 24 month turnaround that just means he/she has that much work to finish that is in line boefore yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsd16 View Post
    Bogus deal. With as many WY members as there are someone local can probably help out.

    It only takes a couple weeks-month to mount a deer/antelope. All the other wait time is just your animal sitting in a box or freezer. My buddy started doing deer for family and friends and I have gotten to see the process first hand. When a taxi quotes a 12, 18, or 24 month turnaround that just means he/she has that much work to finish that is in line boefore yours.
    While I agree that the OP has waited too long for his mount and something is definitely fishy that he cannot get a hold of him, this statement is not completely accurate. The actual mounting process does take a couple weeks with dry time and finishing, however most taxidermists send capes/hides out to be tanned and that process can take months depending on who they use. I was just quoted 8 months from a local tannery to turn my elk cape around. I won't be using them but there is more to the process than just the actual mount.

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    In my experience I've never had to wait longer then a year to get a mount back. Now all mine are standard shoulder mounts, nothing fancy. But this seems a bit off. I wish you luck and hope you get some answers soon as well as your mount.

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    One year is pretty standard for you to get a mount done. Pretty frustrating that he doesn’t call you back tho.
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