I have a red tailed hawk that I'd like mounted. It is a roadkill that my local DNR warden has given me a tag for. I want it to display for my classroom at a local elementary school. Does anyone know what the price range is on this type of mount?
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Unless its just your wording, your DNR officer cant just give you a tag for that. Youll need more paperwork, assuming you are employed by the school you mentioned. The school needs to hold valid state AND federal papers, I think a salvage permit too. Id check further before taking this into your possession, or putting it into anyone elses.
Assuming you have all the correct paperwork.. I would chage $650.00 standing closed wing and $750.00 standing open winged or flying.
Base work extra..
I get $225.
$200.00 to $400.00, with many below $300.00. The actual time to mount a red-tailed hawk is usually below the time taken to mount a duck, and if you search for prices for duck mounts, they fall into this range. I would imagine Jim above charges higher for ducks than George also.
The difficulty though is to find a qualified taxidermist - i.e. one who has actually mounted a number of raptors and knows the techniques of creating their own wrapped or carved body appropriate for the bird in hand.
.....Then a pheasant. And in many cases raptors are much easier because of their tough skin. Back when raptors were legal, I used to do a ton of them. Shooting preserves would trap them by the hundreds and have piles of them to pick through. I mounted and sold them for $35, I could easily mount three a day. That was back when the minimum wage was $1.65, mid and late 1960's.
The head is larger than a pheasant and the wings are longer, both create balance problems that you don't have with a pheasant. $200-$400 is my estimate. Remember, this will be a display bird, you may want to step up the base work a bit.
Those were the days when you could shoot and mount hawks and buzzards. Never ran out of targets on the farm. LOL
Old Fart is also from Wisconsin. You didn't leave an email address for him to inquire should he be interested.