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Taxidermy Mistakes Can They Be Fixed

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Eric Alexander, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. Yes

    5 vote(s)
    83.3%
  2. No

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  1. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I'm with Joey here. Since I don't do deer I'm probably closer to the typical customer than some/all of you guys when it comes to seeing mistakes. I see the mistakes when pointed out. But, when I look at the overall pic I see a mount that's better than the average mount. Or should I say I've seen a lot worse! And not knowing anything about fixes either I'm pretty sure I'm looking at some pretty significant time put in to MAYBE look better. Or maybe worse. A commercial mount is suppose to be viewed from a distance. Unless it bothers you to no end, I'd live with it and research things now on WHO is going to do your next deer head. And be prepared to pay around $800 bucks these days for one of the better taxidermists to do a quality job. These guys can help you with a recommendation in your area. JMO...
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Sure it can be fixed especially since it wasn’t hanging for yrs drying out.
    The issue is this, it need to be hydrated, probably never glued down, skin taken off, repairs made and remounted.
    Can there be other issues sure but that comes with anything getting hydrated.
     

  3. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    He posted the price he paid along with a photo of the mount showing a panel, which any reasonable person on here would assume was part of that price. As for DP, I've mounted plenty of deer using DP and from my experience, it is wholy inferior to a tanned cape.
     
  4. Marvtaxidermy

    Marvtaxidermy Member

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    Have to agree with Joeym that it looks like a fine mount, when I opened the picture it surprised me how good it looked. The slit in the cape does looks like it was done when rough skin out by the customer, probably should have been sewn together better by the taxidermist, but being along the brisket is not very noticeable. This may be one of those deals that this is all you look at but most people would not even notice it. The bullet hole may be a little more noticeable, but as mentioned above rehydrating to resew could be more trouble with hair slippage and that would be much worse.
     
  5. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

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    Best fix would be a new cape. I would be surprised if the taxidermist didnt tell you the bullets holes/cut may show. But over view is acceptable mount paying $525 with the panel. I do understand your disappointment but there is a lot of press out there on care of the animal/fish before taking it to a taxidermist. It is the customers responsibility for 50% of the mount. Care given and knowing the quality of work the taxidermist does.
     
  6. Westcoast

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    Looks like a solid mount to me. Issues were there before anyone else but you handled it. Ask the guy if he can patch it before doing anything else. You should have said something prior to taking it home
     
  7. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

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    The holes could have been better but the mount overall looks pretty decent to me. I would wet down the lower neck and shoulders, bag it until it comes off. Then pull back just enough to sew them better and finish it back up again.
     
  8. The bullet hole should have been fixed. Who knows how bad the repaired area looked before it was fixed so cant really comment on that. The mount itself looks like a pretty good mount to me. You gave the guy an imperfect cape and expected a perfect mount.
     
  9. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    I have a buddy that he and all his son and nephews shoot deer in the necks told him quit shooting in necks he says well it kills quick and doesnt waste meat told him do you want a good mount or a couple extra swamp burgers... some people ?
     
  10. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    they still sell panels dont they ? purpose of a panel is to not handle the hair and break it or rough it up personally never used any but they really didnt go out in the 40s and 50s George did they now ? Elwood books from the 60s show most all heads on panels. The wall habitat and all that crap is what wont last long when folks try to keep that stuff clean
     
  11. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

     
  12. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    LOL. Byrdman, back then there were mounted on panels to secure the 2x4 that created the neck. There a still a very few suppliers who sell panels but selections are limited. Van Dykes at one time had "panel palace" that produced hundreds of styles from compressed wood cire, plywood, cherry, walnut, and oak choices. Those dried up long ago and noe wall pedestals and diorama panels are big sellers. Few taxidermist cover the back of their mounts today. I was taught differently and had a cardboard shield on every mount I put out. Panels were extra and paid up front after a few wives decided the panel clashed with her furniture.
     
  13. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    2X4 was attached to plywood or board backer not the actual panel.... panels were largely a Europeon tradition ,carved ,decorative creating a work of art
     

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  14. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    then there was the "toilet seat " fad that didnt last long...at least for customer work
     

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