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What Do You Charge For A Deer Head

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by 13 point, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    George should have asked him what he was looking at. I feel confident he was quoted that price for some good competition work.
  2. after being in biz. for 30+ years doing this thing we all love,this price comparison always surfaces. our industry is immense in talent and spirited people,but way short on Business experience. competed pricing,is one thing,but anyone that wants to run a successful business should be in touch with reality....profit. do all you artist no your cost of producing the piece your on? or do we just base our prices on our nearest shop and hope hes smarter than we are.
    the best thing you can do, take a business class.your local community college will help. then you'll no how much to charge for hard work and the guy down the road wont matter.

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  3. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Profit? We're in this game for profit???
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  4. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    That is a good question. I've seen some outstanding work from taxidermists, but if it takes someone 20 hours to process, tan, mount and finish a deer head, they they would need to be charging over twice what I do to make what I do per hour.

    I'm charging $600 for a deer head in the northern, lower peninsula of Michigan. I went to a Hunting Time Expo in Grand Rapids last month and talked to a few taxidermists there. They were all priced similarly to me, so I'm probably about average for the state. Not really sure though since my survey was very limited. :) I do also offer a cheaper, economy mount on my price list that is a DP job that looks like crap, with the sole purpose to get the opportunity to explain to people the difference between higher quality and lesser mounts to price shoppers. Nobody opted for an economy mount this past season, but I have done a few over the years dispute telling people that they are poor quality and likely will not last. Those people were the ultimate cheap skates and thankfully they were rare.
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  5. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I once offered a lower price mount and it brought me cheap skate don’t pick up kinda clients, the kind I don’t want , and it’s funny , most the time that’s the person that has a business that charges top dollar for what they do . Had a guy call me for a Sika shoulder mount and is what I’m really known for in my state , anyway this guy is a restoration expert on fine furniture and pottery/art . He also make these unreal turkey calls from exotic woods and charges big dollars. He was all pumped up and telling me bout the stag he just killed and said I want the best and I hear that’s you . Bla bla bla got my address and was headed my way , just before we hung up he ask how much , I told him $825 and his voice changed and he said ok see you this afternoon and hung up. I said he ain’t coming . Lol I found out he took it to a guy that does terrible work for $500 . You would figure someone like that would be into the details of what it takes to make a great product . But nope just cheap .
  6. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    im not high at all. $450.00 a deer mount. and there are people taking there deer to a guy who charges $395.00 a mount.i ant coming down.
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  7. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    If that was the case , then I’d raise my price to $550 , if im loosing them over $55 then I misewell get a extra hundred from the guys that will come to me . And basically is why I’m $825 , it weeds out the cheap SOBs
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    600 central penna
  9. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Did you get a chance to explain the difference between your good work and crappy taxidermy? If not, then you may have lost a client for no other reason than he may have thought all taxidermy was the same, so why not go with the cheapest one. I've run my businesses (taxidermy and fishing charters) for 20+ years and always tried to maximize my profits with the goal of early retirement in mind. I did make plenty of money along the way. I'll be retiring this year at 59 years old. I've been selling various taxidermy stuff over the past month and have talked to some other taxidermists, all older than me. They just can't believe that I made enough money to retire in this business and all of them had no plans of ever retiring because they won't be able to afford it. It's not surprising after seeing how most people operate in the business. Sometimes you have to think a little outside the McKenzie box.
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  10. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Yes sir he is well aware of my work and the competition quality I do on them all , and is the reason he called me in the first place . Just cheap , he is on one of our state hunting pages that I’m a sponsor of my work is well known , some of the guys on the sight called him out for not bringing it to me and he said I’m to expensive, lol I could care less , I have plenty of work . Congrats to you for working to early retirement that’s Awesome.
  11. roonie

    roonie Member

    i have found, most people hav'nt got a clue what a good mount is anyway...even if you try to show them what quality is. In all my years of taxi, i can count on one hand , the folks that really knew what to look for. Remember you are the artist, they are not.
    There was a guy here in my local city that started taxi long before anyone else ...his mounts were beyond horrible but he had a catchy company name and he was well established before anyone else..he kept pumping out garbage...so bad that antlers were falling off heads and cracks around eyes so big you could slip a silver dollar in....they just kept coming in droves. I think near his retirement he stated to me that he did 700 heads a yr. cough cough...i wonder if he ever, now, sits in his retirement chair and feels any guilt. Somehow i doubt it. This man never belonged in the taxi industry just like many other fields of trade a lot of people struggle in and should never have been doing from the get go. Hope im not sounding too harsh but its reality man
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  12. 15pt

    15pt Well-Known Member

    That's what I've said for years. Nobody really cares but a select few. I can't even imagine how antlers could be falling off a mount though lol.
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  13. BO-N-ARO

    BO-N-ARO Hunt hard but hunt safe!

    Part timer here north of Dallas and I start at $600.
  14. kurt

    kurt Member

    $850 Central Illinois