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Backpack $ Question

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by qltycapes, Nov 22, 2022.

  1. qltycapes

    qltycapes Active Member

    Well the day has arrived for the 1st backpack request. For the taxidermists that do these, how much more do you charge on average. Was thinking around $300 but not sure. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I have yet to do one but I would charge for a shoulder mount and hide tanning at least.
     

  3. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    More than a shoulder mount for sure. They are a pain in the ass. I don't know why people who have never had to pack out a deer suddenly want a pack mount?
     
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  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I agree, it is a fad. I had to drag my deer a mile and a half on a game cart, maybe I should mount it like that and see if it becomes a fad.
     
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  5. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    $600 E35A9859-3A5E-44DD-9ED4-6798DE2D6BB4.jpeg 57C71508-1ABE-4B39-913F-D49A721F745D.jpeg FB303F3C-E469-423A-9875-83113CCD83FC.jpeg
     
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  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Using the formula you used to come up with prices on other mounts is the same formula to use on this.

    If I were to do one, it would be 1,000 plus the price of the pack board and other accessories.
     
  7. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Yep my price would be north of a grand minimum
     
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  8. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    image.jpeg I've only done one. 800 for this one, customer supplied the pack
     

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  9. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    It’s a specialty mount , I’d charge for a shoulder mount $850 then $350 for pack and extras
     
  10. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Once you do a few of these, they come together quickly. I could charge more, do less of them, and generate less revenue. I charge what I charge, it works for me.
     
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  11. qltycapes

    qltycapes Active Member

    Thanks to all, I told him $300 extra, he’s back to the traditional, damn internet, these guys see something and they want it.
     
  12. Westcoast

    Westcoast Well-Known Member

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    Basic is same price as a shoulder mount. I highly detailed one is about $1200. Vintage Items to trick it out cost more supply money.
     
  13. Rob43

    Rob43 Active Member

    I charge $200 more than I do for a shoulder mount.
     

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  14. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    My customers supply any "bling" associated with the backpack.
     
  15. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    ok guys. Don't beat me up too badly. why would you charge more to roll up the hide { after it dry's} and tie it up on a couple of pieces of wood? I know you still half to do the head but why so much more? just curious.
     
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  16. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Honestly, the head I use on most of them is from an old mannikins I have inventoried. I have scads of them from old deer mounts. In 50+ years, one builds quiet a collection of old taxidermy. My major cost is in having the skin soft tanned.
     
  17. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    does it half to be soft tanned.
     
  18. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    It should be.
     
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  19. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    I would think a soft tan would be desirable. Soft tan flat hides have more "fluff" to the hair.
     
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  20. Rob43

    Rob43 Active Member

    Mine were wet tanned and I only used a long cape, like for a pedestal mount. I used the " Pillow " supplied by Revolution Taxidermy Supply, put it inside the cape and rolled the cape around it and stapled it. Worked fine.
     

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