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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. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    750 here in NW Wyoming. I know one shop is a little higher and that most are lower. I always take in more than enough. "Your work is worth what YOU say it is." Perception trumps reality and always has and always will.
  2. jrandall71

    jrandall71 Member

    Yeah the labor and profit percentage was a little lacking. I did like the fact that indirect cost and profit percentage was mentioned. I would think those two alone are probably not even figured into to pricing for some. The "I get x$$$ "for a mount isn't the same as profit $$$ made.
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  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Nope not at all and a lot believe it is and there in lies the issue .
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  4. ortegageno

    ortegageno Active Member

    $675 here in NM. Im Just a part timer and bring in about 40 pieces a year. No advertising. Some around here are in the $300 range and some are in the $800 range.
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  5. fullboar

    fullboar Member

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  6. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Don't you miss the younger George in these debates.
  7. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

  8. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    You have that right and some forms these days are hitting the $80 mark and that's before shipping. One thing that's for certain, your work needs to be up to the $800 level to demand it. Funny thing about a lot of hunters is they go out and buy a big nice four wheel drive truck, buy an new rifle and an expensive scope, join an expensive hunting club, or a pay to hunt trophy plantation and they won't think a thing about it, but ask $800 for a head and they act like they are going to have to rob their kids saving account to do that. The average Joe has no idea how much work goes into mounting their deer or the expense. You can't pay the bills on McDonalds wages if you could it might be easier to work for them.
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  9. BO-N-ARO

    BO-N-ARO Hunt hard but hunt safe!

    I am a part timer with a shop at home, north of Dallas and charged $525 last year and this year it will be $575.
  10. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    Good looking mount !
  11. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    I got a report from a friend living in Camden South Carolina that a good mount will run from $1,000.00 to $ 1,500.00 in his area.
  12. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    I agree totally. Too many want a deal. Some guys offer a mount with little detail in the form for a cheaper price. Once you achieve a certain level it's hard to have a piece go out with your name on it like that. Just about every hunter has at least three friends that hunt. When he shows off his mount which is not up to the quality you normally put out they are going to judge you by what they have gotten from someone else with lots of detail and automatically you become not as "good" as someone else.
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  13. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    That is the truth well spoken George.
  14. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    Wait until you are approaching 70 trust me it gets worse.
  15. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    When you operate in your backyard overhead is automatically reduced. If your work is good enough people will seek you out if you live off the grid back in the woods.
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  16. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    I noticed that also. I like to stay on the line where the brown and white meet when going up the legs.
  17. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    That should be competition quality I would hope
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  18. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Rich, that's close to my home and I dont know of anyone getting anywhere near those prices. From Saluda in the west to Florence in the east, the prices that I SAW ran from $350 to $550
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  19. swampfox2

    swampfox2 Well-Known Member

    Yes I am sure if the price is right, that's the case.
  20. NMJagdHunter

    NMJagdHunter Ted Wenner

    Im at $800 + tax in NM, I hear some are more, some are less. I'll be more next year, and the next, . . . etc. If I price myself out of work, I know plenty of guys that need a hand whenever they can get a good one, and I won't have to deal with customers nearly as much.