I hate @#$&*ing buffalo. Just got finished mounting a shoulder mount for one that wieghed 2200 &*^% pounds. Our Government had the right idea trying to exterminate them. The #$% *&^$ things should all be destroyed. The %^$$ing green hide on this thing wieghed 284 pounds before I fleshed the two inch thick piece of $#!t. What makes it worse is this was for a friend and I only charged him $800 for the mount. I got three days and five hundred out of my pocket in it. Needless to say I lost my arse. The next guy is going to have to bend over and cough for me if he wants one of these ba$#@rds mounted.
Whew, just had to vent a little. Ah but this is not the end of the story. Late last night as I was finishing this monster my two and a half year old little girl came out into my shop with me as she often does. After a little while I looked over and noticed that she had curled up in the back half of this tanned buffalo robe and gone to sleep. I don't know why, but for some reason I just wasn't pissed anymore....But the next guy is going to pay!.
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I will never do one again unless its just the head,no neck or shoulder, and charging an arm and leg just for that! Seriously hurt my back working on 3 green capes, to the point of wanting to quit taxidermy!
earned their money. I honestly don't see how or "why" they did it. I would not try to wrestle with one of these one ton bastards laying dead on the ground for any amount of money. Some of these fools shot over a hundred a day.
Trapper, sorry about your back but I'm with you. If buffalo were all there was to taxidermy you could count me out at any price.
Cecil, tell Bill P if he wants me to mount a buff, he better oil up and practice his head turn and cough cause I got the latex gloves on and this is gonna hurt!.
Lots of buffs were killed and just the tongue removed. Other than that, most professional shooters had a whole cadre of skinners who followed the echos of the sharpes rifles.
Steph, could you just powder the buff hides and slap them on a form? Bill P. wants and honest taxidermist - you could honestly do a lousy job that way.
AS LONG AS YOU CHARGE ENOUGH. When a buff comes through the door, the MINIMUM is $1300. That always makes me feel much better about the job to be done. If it's a BIG bull(a mature animal) then it goes to $1500. Prices like that serve a dual purpose: They discourage those customers who "just want to shoot something" for a cheap price and it makes the pains in my back and fingers seem worthwhile when I'm done. Try it and see if you don't feel better.
My first buff was for a buddy also......my price went up drastically afterwards. Had to raise the price to cover the pain meds from my back surgery! Though have to admit they make great looking mounts. Have two more to do this year, fun, fun.
Teach and preach on....they'll learn sooner than later..we hope.
Now I just got done doing one, and found myself again thinking that I wouldnt mind getting ten or twenty of them to do. I actually enjoy them. Of course, I suggest that the hunter have a local taxidermist where it was killed do the cape and tannery prep, and I then deduct that from the customers bill when he pays that taxidermist.
I'm with you Bill, I do a dozen or more every year, actually pretty simple mount, if your set up for the big critters. Have a heavy duty mounting stand bolted to the floor, so you dont have to chase them around the shop. Hire a youngster with a strong back to do the fleshing for you. I do them for $950. Tim
I do a few a year also, but I'm not the guy that fleshes them! Mounting goes quick, but all that hair brushing to get the tannery grit out of the hair is a major pain.