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Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by cessna, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. cessna

    cessna New Member

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    I just found out this morning that a hide I had skinned for life-size and brought to my taxidermist last February 7th (2013)
    is still in the freezer. Its as I left it with him. How long is this hide good for that way? I really find this unacceptable.
    And will probably take it from him. I would really like it mounted, but don't want to put someone else's screw-up on
    another taxidermist.
     
  2. ElkinsTaxidermy

    ElkinsTaxidermy www.ronelkinstaxidermy.com

    That length of time should be NO problem. Relax.
     

  3. Won't be a problem, I had a client bring me a whole frozen deer head from 2006, tips of ears were a little freezer burnt!
     
  4. cessna

    cessna New Member

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    Thanks, just getting a little nervous.
     
  5. Richbo

    Richbo 2nd place is the first loser!

    I agree, Joe. I just finished one from the 2008 season that was in the customer's freezer for five years. What a b**ch it was turning those ears! He barely had it wrapped. The nose looked like a raisin, eyelids freezer burnt. It turned out ok - after some rehydrating - but after tanned it was good to mount.
     
  6. I recently finished an otter for a customer that had been skinned and in the freezer folded fur side out = no bag since 2010. Turned out fine. Had to spend a bit more time on rehydrating than I like and skinning the feet was no fun, but the mount looks good.
     
  7. ortegageno

    ortegageno Active Member

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    Maybe he is waiting on a deposit. Now if you have a deposit down and his turn around time is a year then I would be worried.
     
  8. ponyboy

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    I did a bobcat rug that had been in the freezer for 10 years. Ears wete burnt on the tips but turned out just fine.
     
  9. cessna

    cessna New Member

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    Hammer, This particular animal was paid for up-front. As far as relaxing is concerned. I feel I can expect a reasonable turn-a-round time. Twelve months in a freezer without being prepared and sent for tanning is NOT acceptable. I understand good taxidermy takes a time frame of between 12 and 14 months generally. I feel that some taxidermist think they are doing me a favor in mounting my game. Unfortunately I feel as a customer I have the right to expect certain things. These do not include having things buried at the bottom of a freezer and forgotten. I remember reading a post several years ago on this site that dealt with just this issue. The issue was why some taxidermist do much better than others. The bottom line is they offer a dependable and reliable service to their customers. It's lately been my feeling that too many taxidermist are too full of themselves and forget the customer. I recently took another animal to a taxidermist who was as professional acting and whose work and time frames were designed for his customers. His work quality was excellent. Taxidermist for a hunter is a choice, the hunter for a taxidermist is a requirement.