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Bad Processor?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Trophy Specialist, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    After 25 years of commercial taxidermy in one location, I moved to a new area last year where I had to basically start from scratch for clientele. I took in as much though in my new location as I did before so that was good, however there is a processor in my new area that is very problematic. So far this year I have taken in several deer that he did that were cut up through the white of leg pits, or on the wrong side and all of them have had split briskets and the inside of the hide was filth dirty too. Last year I had more ruined capes than ever before and most of them were from this processor. On top of that, he leaves about 6-8" of neck, which is just a waste in my opinion. I don't care much about the neck meat, but the hacked up capes are a problem though which I charge extra to fix, if fixing is even possible. The issue is that my clients don't want me to contact this guy, who cuts the deer up at his home for about half the price of commercial processors. I know I could easily show him how to properly skin a deer for a mount, but I guess he is grumpy and set in his ways and nobody wants to risk pissing him off. I guess I have two choices: just go on dealing with and charging extra for the extra work he causes me or I could go against my clients wishes and go talk to this guy. Anybody else experienced this before and what would you do?
  2. mopsrdrawer67

    mopsrdrawer67 Member

    I worked at a processor for several years and you probably nailed it. My guess is that he doesn't give 2 rips about how good your capes are. Where I worked, we had several skinners. Some cared and some didn't.
    My opinion is to maybe talk to him about maybe a little tip for giving you the work and at the same time that you have his interest about making a little extra, show him how you'd prefer them skinned. That way you are not bringing up any of your customers' names. Good Luck.

  3. DFJ

    DFJ Active Member

    Just start charging your customers more for the repairs than they're saving by using the guy.
    Soon they'll either approach the guy or find someone else.
  4. Dwb5

    Dwb5 Member

    I have heard of some taxidermist around my area that refuse work from certain processors. I know that when I start doing other peoples deer. There is a processor that I will not take a deer from. He does not take care of the capes very well. And where I'm just starting out I hate to tell people that he left there deer on a bloody floor with deer piled on it and now his cape is slipping. I just don't think it will look good on me.
  5. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    JMO. I'm not in the business so take that for what it's worth.

    I think you educate your client. They are your customer. Explain the extra costs. Maybe even a handout of cape handling details.
    It's up to them to pass that along and educate the processor how they would like it done. They are his customer.
    If he doesn't want to please them, and they don't want to find another processor, then they have made their choice and should expect to pay more.
  6. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    I also would like to add that this guy not licensed as a deer processor and is operating illegally, under the table. I really do not want to have any business relationship with this processor by giving him kickbacks since I could get in trouble too if he gets caught. He's only charging $50 to process a deer when everybody else is charging about $100. He also does not charge extra to skin for a shoulder mount, when everybody else typically charges about $20 extra for that service.
  7. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Anonymously turn his ass in. Problem solved.
  8. Take a picture to him and explain why. If he still does it end his business. Open your own or find someone who will skin the deer correctly.
  9. cgsmith

    cgsmith New Member

    As a commercial processor myself, I can tell you that it's not a processors job to skin the deer properly for a mount. Their/our job is to process the meat. A good processor that cares will skin it properly because they are a hunter themselves and also have animals mounted so they will understand the importance of skinning it properly. They will also care about having happy customers. I have always cared about skinning and caping properly even before I became a taxidermist myself. I will even skin and cape for my meat customers to take to their taxidermist of choice but I charge extra for that. I get more ruined capes when the customer skins it than anything else. They split through the armpit and straight across the brisket or they split forward towards the neck instead back to the point of the brisket and ribcage. I hate that! I also get the complaints for charging too high for processing. $100 for deer or $1.00/lb over 100 lbs carcass weight. Elk are $275 or $1.00/lb over 275 lbs. carcass weight. I would advise your customers to take their deer to another processor that cares and pay the higher price for quality work or be forced to pay a higher price on the taxidermy side. My processing prices are higher than some but I do quality work just like on the taxidermy side. I won't compete with the part time guys because I process and do taxidermy as my full time job year round.

    Over all, send them to a top processor or have them bring the deer to you first to skin then they bring to any processor they want.
  10. Rausch

    Rausch Well-Known Member

    Why not have your customers bring the deer to you to cape it before they take it to the processor?
  11. ANDY

    ANDY Well-Known Member

    Totally agree. Its up to your customer to to talk to said processor. Evidently your not charging enough for repairing the capes or
    people would have already talked to the guy.