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Clients mount burned in house fire

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by FurandFin, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. Mounted a really nice whitetail for a client last season, his house burned a couple months ago. He contacted me about an antler rebuild and mount, there were nothing left of his deer to work from. The cost was more than he is willing to pay and ask about additional ideas. I had considered building a small barn wood door with several barn wood frames with photos of his deer. Anyone have any better ideas for something of this nature.
  2. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Have him find a replacement rack on the internet. Unless it is a odd type rack, it should not be too tough to find. You can alter the rack if necessary to get it closer. I'm doing one like that right now where the client shipped me a rack, then I modified the skull cap to make it the right spread and shape. You can supply a cape. His insurance should cover it anyway.

  3. buckman170

    buckman170 Member

    We have been working on 5 deer and a moose that were in a fire. Not a total loss, the antlers were really burnt. His insurance is paying for the whole thing.
  4. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    X3...the homeowner insurance will pay if you give them an estimate on your company letter head.....and don't be cheap. The replacement work will cost you more time than the original mount.
  5. Curious how you are dealing with the smell. I have used an Ozonics in a small room and after a week the smell was hardly noticeable.
  6. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I used to get a crap load of calls form people living well out of my client zone that were looking for estimates on replacing lost, stolen or damaged game heads. A lot of them were from insurance people too. I was spending way too much time writing up estimates and getting no work from the effort, so I started charging $50 to write an estimate/appraisal for people out of my area and that really cut that stuff down to the serious ones looking to get work done.