Michael P. posted this comment “I just gotta ask...., if you are charging $250-$350 for a deer, how do you do it?” My disclaimer first; I charge $600 for Whitetail shoulder mounts and I am posting this just for the sake of discussion. I see this kind of comment all the time on Taxi.net, His price is to low! Really? I don’t know very many taxidermists that started out @ $500 or $600 for a shoulder mount deer! I think most forget that we all had to start somewhere and we are all in different stages and ages in our lives. Here’s a scenario: The guy is just out of high school and cannot find a job for more than $10 per hour. While working this job he decides to start doing taxidermy and tells his buddies. They all think it’s cool and they tell him they will pay him to do a few mounts. He orders the form ($50) & eyes ($6) shipping ($18) dawn, borax, clay, fishing line, needle, caulk for hide paste, staples (when cost is spread out over a handful of mounts $5 per mount) for a total of less than $100.00. So he mounts the deer for $200 and he feels like he just put $100 is his pocket for doing something fun. He soon gets faster and does two in one week working at it nights and weekends and is picking up an extra $200 per week. Now it’s not long before the word spreads that this guy is doing $200 deer heads and his phone is a ringing. He figures that if he can do 4 deer heads a week at $250 per head then he will make more doing taxidermy then he is at his $10 per hour job. Does he stay at his 40 hour job for $400 per week or quit to do 4 heads at $250 each and pocket $600 per week? That’s easy for someone in his shoes, quit the job and become a taxidermist. If he takes 12 hours per deer that’s 12.50 per hour and 48 hours a week. Now you can cry all you want that he is not making money on $250 deer but he is paying his bills for his lifestyle not your lifestyle. I would say that we all live different lives and what makes us happy, does not always cost the same. The mounts may look like crap but most don’t know or don’t care, it is about what they can afford at the time they open the wallet.