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How Much Extra Do You Charge for Stinking Roten Stuff

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Trophy Specialist, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Normally, when a client calls and wants to bring in a specimen for a skull or antler mount, I tell them that if it is a stinking, rotting mess that I don't want it. Occasionally though, one will slip by me that is frozen and the customer will not disclose that it is rotten. In that case I phone the client and tell them that there will be an extra charge or they can pick it up pronto. I charged a guy today an extra $20. I'm just wondering what you folks do with those nasty ones.
  2. ortegageno

    ortegageno Active Member

    $20 is not enough to deal with a nasty rotten head for me as I live in city limits and don't want my neighbors to complain. I did an Gemsbok a few years back that was so nasty I said not again. I did charge him an extra $75 though to deal with me spitting demons all over my back yard.

  3. txoutdoors

    txoutdoors Active Member

    I am so on board with this thread. I got a euro the other day and as I was working on it I stuck my finger in the esophagus to give it a pull and remove it and got a finger full of maggots. Cussing instantly.

    I was thinking of charging $10 extra for every maggot I have to deal with.

    Why is it that because it's a euro everyone feels like they can drive around for a week and show their friends?
  4. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    What part of this didn't I catch? I mean, you ARE dealing with dead things, aren't you? If I was a florist, I'd expect the smell of gardenias and roses. As a taxidermist, I expect putrid and rotten at times. But I don't have to deal with all the drama you guys are talking about. You see, I build that aggravation and wretching episodes by building in the worst case scenario in all those pieces to begin with. EVERYBODY pays extra and then when I get those that aren't putrid, I chuckle to myself at the increased profit I made on it.
  5. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    Had a guy bring a deer in for a mount, sat in garage for a month. Needless to say, euro mount, but when I hosed it off to the get maggots and rot off, all the hair slipped right off head, what a cool reference for anatomy, skin over muscle. Did I take any pictures, of coarse not. What does this have to do with charging extra, I guess nothing.
  6. davehyer

    davehyer Active Member

    Price doesn't chanfe, if it's rotten I offer a replacement cape for an additional fee, or refuse the job.
  7. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    I'm with George on this one. We are taxidermist, your going to get some nasty stuff now an then.
  8. ortegageno

    ortegageno Active Member

    Like I said before, I live in city limits with neighbors 10 feet away. Last thing I want to do is cause any problems with the rotten smell. I'll send them all your way George. Lol
  9. x2 with davehyer
  10. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I'm not talking about a shoulder mount with a rotten cape. It's a given that a replacement cape is needed or a change to a different style of mount. Rather I'm talking about the stinking antler mounts and skull mounts where they will work, but you have to deal with the awful mess caused by the client being rude as hell by not disclosing that condition when asked.
  11. Todd B

    Todd B Active Member

    It is part of being a taxidermist. As George said price it high enough that you are getting payed well or not getting the work. Simple as that. My smeller is not so good anyhow so I am sure i can take more than the regular person.

    Todd B
  12. woodsbaby

    woodsbaby New Member

    I used to get mad when someone brings me a maggoty one. but then I discovered the maggoty ones come off the bone faster so less work for me. though the stinky ones get hung in the shed to dry and de-stink after the head is boiled.
  13. Jerry Huffaker

    Jerry Huffaker Well-Known Member

    nothing, it's part of the job
  14. NJTrapper

    NJTrapper Member

    Uh, don't you have to rot it to do a euro mount? Seems to me the job would be half done if it came in stinkin'. Lol.
  15. cgsmith

    cgsmith New Member

    Nothing. I macerate all my euro's so they all stink! lol Being a commercial butcher as well, I deal with lots of stinky, rotten, bone sour critters so a rotten head or a few maggots just smells like money!
  16. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Every year I get a couple in the spring, once they start stinking up the persons garage. It is part of the game I guess, I charge enough, so no big deal.
  17. Jimmy Rimrock

    Jimmy Rimrock Yeah, they come to snuff the rooster

    Gotta agree with George on all points this time.

    Makes you appreciate the "good" stuff.
  18. marshtaxi

    marshtaxi Member

    Same as george