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Coyote Lifesize Mounts

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Skinningj, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Skinningj

    Skinningj New Member

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    Hello,
    I am new here and I'm sure you've answered the same questions hundreds of times. I am interested in learning to mount my own animals. My taxidermist retired due to health reasons and I'm lost without him. I went to different shops and prices to mount a fox and coyotes are very expensive $800.00 each. I kill a bunch and usually mount 3 a year or more. I kill a ton of coyote and would like to start with 1.What is the easiest skin method for a lifesize mount? What measurements do I need to take? Please tell me everything I need to know and then some. Thanks in advance
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Here goes, in all seriousness, spend a ton of time reading through the beginners, lifesize mammal and tutorial sections then buy your self a video pertaining to your subject then spend the time and money to tan, and order supplies for said mount, add the time to mount it and groom it as it dries and then do the finish work and put it on a base. If you value your time you'll probably realize that $800 ain't so bad after all. Oh did I mention that after a while you might end up spending more time playing with dead animals instead of pursuing live animals.
     

  3. Skinningj

    Skinningj New Member

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    Thanks well I am a farmer so my off time now till March I need a hobby usually rebuild a tractor every year bit now I want to try this. I won't be doing it any other time. I killed a coyote today so I'll be skinning it soon to start process
     
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Hey, I wish you luck. It can be an expensive hobby so be prepared. Just to mount a closed mouth basic coyote is going to run in the neighborhood of $150 to $200 for a form, eyes, clay, glue and misc other things. Tanning is extra but you could DP them as well.
     
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  5. Skinningj

    Skinningj New Member

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    Thanks well I ran into issue with getting legs skinned I guess I s have did it while warm so I cut them up badly so I am going to try a shoulder mount and see how it goes. I don't have a tail stripper so I couldn't get the tail out I tried to pull and cut well tail broke off in the inside of tail about 4" down. Yea I see forms and such aren't cheap but it's something I'd like to try for my stuff. I will have to sew the back up since I messed up. I did great on the head though. I froze it and will try to remove the cartilage when it's thawed.
     
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    No need for a tail stripper. Next time split the legs and the tail. Sew them up when it's on the form being mounted.

    Brian Hendricks has a great video on how to sew the tails up with out getting hair in the stitches. I believe the video is on Youtube for free or it might be on the McKenzie website.

    Taxidermy Training Unlimited has a coyote mounting DVD by Brian Harness. Research Mannikins has a very in depth DVD on a coyote shoulder mount.

    Both Brians are world champions and Tim Brown is an award winning taxidermist.
     
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  7. Skinningj

    Skinningj New Member

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    Thank you I will look for these
     
  8. You could also contact your state association see if there's anyone in your area that would be Willing to show you the basics and see what it would cost ,