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How many hours in WT shoulder mount

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Dave H, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. 3-5 hrs

  2. 5-7 hrs

  3. 7-9 hrs

  4. 9-12 hrs

  5. 13-15hrs

  1. AFWS

    AFWS The lost Robertson

    20-30 :-[
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  3. Wild Images

    Wild Images New Member

    I chose 7-9 and charge $700 for a shoulder with no alterations, With shipping tanning etc I have around $200 max into the mount
    That leaves $500, at 10 hrs would be $50 and hour before taxes.
    I work out of my basement and have a full time job so taxi money is hunting and fun money, never had a job walk away because of my price
    and if it did so be it, my days of are dear and if I spend it working the pay will be worth it ;D
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  5. Dave H

    Dave H New Member

    not trying to justify anything, I was reading a post and the guy said he had 12-15 hours minimum in a shoulder mount. I statred thinking that if it really took some one this long to mount a deer I can understand why they feel everyone should be charging 500-600 for a shoulder mount.

    As I stated before, my prices are going up for 2011 i just have not decided what to raise them to.

    When I posted this I was including caping, fleshing, salting, prepping hide after tanning, prepping form , mounting and finishing.
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  7. Ted B

    Ted B Active Member

    Dennis is right, I'm part time and charge $750 for a deer. Takes me probably 6-8 hours of hands on time (not including time in the pickle etc)
  8. well i make minimum wage on the farm and work over 40hrs all the time and they dont pay time and a half :'(. so if i was to charge what sum of you s charge it would be over quadruple time :). minimum wage mich $7.40. i need to get my taxi bussiness goin quick. i also like the theory of charging more for work ing at it part time and holdin another job. u may not get all the jobs but the ones you may get will prolly be enough to do in what little time you have and will be compoensated well.
  9. B Jones

    B Jones Memeber of - NTA,UTA,AIT.Proud Member of NZTA.

  10. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    WTF do mechanics and plumbers have to do with taxidermy pricing? ???
  11. Lol, If I was looking for a wage to compare to for setting my wages I'd be talking doctors and lawyers! Now there's an hourly wage to strive to match. :)
  12. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    That's what I was thinking. ??? Hell, why not compare wages with the CEO of Sprint, or the sacker at Wal Mart, or my 3rd grade teacher? ???
  13. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    If I counted the hours I put into a mount, I would quit doing it. I hear people say they have 8 hours total in a mount and nearly choke on my loserness. I have double that much just standing back and looking at it to get my bearings. Your options don't go high enough so I held my vote.
  14. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

  15. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    I finished a muledeer Sunday, came in Monday morning, fixing to call the guy to
    Pick it up, took another look at it and thought "damn that's ugly !". So I took it in back, stripped the finishing work and redid it. This time to a much better appearance. Could i afford to do that had I charged $350.....or better yet, WOULD o do that if I charged $350? I doubt it, he'd get what he pays for.

    So if they took 6 hours you couldn't understand $500-$600 for a shoulder mount???

    Rationalization and justification of low prices on good Taxidermy work does not fly in any way shape or form.
  16. ElkinsTaxidermy

    ElkinsTaxidermy www.ronelkinstaxidermy.com

    I wish all of the $300.00 guys would go to $600.00, and the rest of us to $800.00......or more. It could be done, but it will never happen. Wishful thinking. Most taxidermists think making money is 'for someone else'. I can't name another business where people feel guilty for charging decent money.
  17. v.fleming

    v.fleming New Member

    Well said Ron.
  18. ElkinsTaxidermy

    ElkinsTaxidermy www.ronelkinstaxidermy.com

    It should be..... I stole it from you!! The conversation we had in Beckley made a lot of sense to me. We ARE our own worst enemy.
  19. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    Hey...you gotta cut people a break because not everybody can do good taxidermy. LOL!
  20. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    I have some deer I can cruse right through and have done in under 7 hours total. Then there are the ones that fight me the whole way and take 8-9 hours. IMO There's no way to come up with a "set time".
    I'd LOVE to make a lawyers wages but most of the time it ends up being a bagger at the local grocery stores wages. :D