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Taxidermy Mistakes Can They Be Fixed

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

  1. Yes

    4 vote(s)
  2. No

    1 vote(s)
  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 Active 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

    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 Active Member

    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

    Westcoast New Member

    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