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Jackalopes: pro or con?

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by davem, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. cattrax

    cattrax Beats being in the shop!

    Alot of the kids will spotlight a truckload of jackrabbits (perfectly legal here) and haul them to Rapid City and get $2 a piece. All destined to have horns in their second life and on to destinations unknown.

    Sure glad someone else is slamming rugs, so I don't feel alone. It sure grates on me to take a nice big mtn. lion on turn it into a rug.
  2. Old Fart

    Old Fart Active Member

    I tell them that they can buy them at Cabala's a lot cheaper than I'll do them for. I've done a couple, but not recently, and the price was WELL worth my time. The last one was $300 and it was at least 10 years ago. Yes, I'm a taxidermy whore, but I ain't a cheap one! I'd cry if I had to do a mountain lion rug, but bears are a different story!

    I always wanted to figure out how to make a deer rump into a black jellybean dispenser. That would sell!
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  3. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    I like it, one pull of the tail lever releases some chocolate covered raisins.
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  4. Bobbi Meyer

    Bobbi Meyer I luv to ride my tricycle, I luv to ride my trike

    or for those that have their own home bar, beer nuts.
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  5. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    I have mounted maybe twenty jack o lopes in 35 years here in Wyoming. I have never refused one I just charge alot for them $375. at present. I won't refuse novelties because some clients just do not care what it costs and on some big game animals like Bighorn Rams a lot of clients want to have a foot lamp and scrotum bag and back halfof the skin rug made along with the ram mount and refusing the novelty parts would mean loosing the entire business. I wholesale out rugs except I mount the heads.
  6. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    LMAO at Old Fart. You're not a "taxidermy whore" with prices like that. You've even passed the "taxidermy call girl status". You're a "Taxidermy Escort service" now.
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  7. Dang, I guess we are extremely cheap on are jackalopes. I like doing them. The more I can make it look real and get people going on them the better. They are not any harder the do a jackalope then a rabbit.
    As for the deer butt. I love all those ideas. Someone out here does a warebutt. It is the white tail butt with teeth and eyes. A little creepy.
  8. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    I wasn't aware that rabbits were easy...
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  9. You can all send your jackalopes my way. i don't think they are hard at all. Cry babies. LOL
  10. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Vikki, I doubt I'll be sending many. Most of my customers gave up toys long ago and if they suggest those things the get the "Yox Look" from me and change the subject. I've yet to see an "easy" rabbit. In the words of Bucky Flowers, my customers know they can "Have it Good - Fast - Cheap. PICK TWO"
  11. bill@hogheaven

    [email protected] New Member

    George..what if they choose good & cheap? I think I would keep the choices to 2 only & cheap wouldnt be included.
  12. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    LOL Bill. The 5-7 year lead time I give them pretty much eliminates that choice. At least no one's ever elected that one.
  13. Old Fart

    Old Fart Active Member

    George I have to disagree with you, with a slogan like, "I will mount for money", taxidermy whore is more appropriate! The last one I quoted was $500. I didn't get the job, but I get more than that for a deer head and it would just take me away from deer heads, so why should I do cheaper. Besides when the last one hung here in the shop I had to explain it to everyone that came in! That was time away from my other work, too.
  14. jim tucker

    jim tucker Active Member

    I must be getting old like you George. That's EXACTLY how I feel. It's like going to the funeral home and finding your family lying there with cat eyes and a coyote mouth. ;D

    Totally agree, not only does the deer get shot and mounted.......he has to hold the rifle that killed him for eternity.
  15. William Fittje

    William Fittje New Member

    I own a business all about Jackalopes called Jackalopes are us and that is all I make are cotton lopes and Jackalopes and the rare plain jackrabbit and it is fun! I love it they are relatively easy and I make around a hundred dollar profit mine $150 and people buy them!
  16. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

    what about Chuck Bucks ?

    wood chucks with antlers...i saw one..ONCE :)
  17. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    If your doing real research on "jackalopes" I have a real mounted cottontail rabbit with real freeze dried velvet antlers It is in storage now but I can get pics of it. Its a condition called shope papiloma that causes growths to form on the rabbits head.If your talking about the repo jackrabbits with deer antlers then those are fake..... except the does
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