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How Much This Season For Wtd Shoulder Mount

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by jake7719, Sep 2, 2023.


Poll closed Sep 12, 2023.
  1. $ 300-$350

  2. $400 -$450

    0 vote(s)
  3. $500-$550

  4. $650-$650

  5. $700-$750

  1. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    With inflation and increased shipping, materials and operating costs increasing how much are you going to charge for this season vs last. Do you think business will decrease? Do you think taxidermy is still affordable to the middle class or now just the wealthy? Has it come to the point where you need to finance your taxidermy work to afford it?

    If you pay $20 an hour and work 40 hours a week you make about 40k a year. If you mount 1 WTD a day (8 hours) x5 days a week you mount 260 WTD a year.

    material costs about $150
    labor $160
    shop cost $40
    total $350

    I was only able to put out 3 mounts a week, like 150 mounts a year myself. I would have to charge about 30 per hour or now $320 in labor. Now you're at $540 to break even. Now you add tax and you charging $600.00.
    Alot more cost involved then I roughed out so if you want to make a profit and not just make ends meet, you have to charge $700-$750 or you are working for nothing.
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Those were my prices 9 years ago. I went up to $850 the last year I was in the business, I think it was 2015 or 2016. My shop rate was always $65 an hr. I went up to $75 an hour the last couple of years. I had to quit doing taxidermy because the work load was so great that I was falling behind in my commitment of an 8 month turn around. As it crept up to a year, I stopped taking in work to concentrate on my family and my new day job.
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  3. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I’m thinking about going up to $275, LOL!!!
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  4. NID-20

    NID-20 Well-Known Member

    Joey ... That is an hour right ?
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  5. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    In 1985 I was at $450.00 , 1986-$495.00. That was 37/38 years ago.
    There are guys not charging that now.
    We are in a unprofessional profession with no standards and strange customers and all woke/Democrat goals are to end guns, movement/travel , hunting , beef eating (deer, moose, elk) that’s our “beef.
    We are the buggy whip business of the 21st century.
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  6. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    $900 last year, Took all I wanted.
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  7. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    850. I've never had a complaint. I think if you are under 700 you are a very poor business person and really bad at math. 850 should be the first low bar low and in reality is. Thank Joe Bidens economy now. I can't believe actual Taxidermists on here still vote for Democrats. . A McDonald's hamburger meal is now close to over 10 bucks and even over that in many areas. Cheap gas in Wyoming in well over 4 bucks. Shipping even a 1 lb shoe box anywhere UPS or Fed Ex is outrageous. Taxidermists will keep saying " my area won't pay that! " same bs as they did when I started over 50 years ago. The dumbest of all business people; BY FAR. .I must be one of them because I'm still at it.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2023
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  8. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    some the local taxidermist are $400-500
    They must like to work for peanuts
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  9. Taxidermy T’s

    Taxidermy T’s Well-Known Member

    Wall ped 1200.00
    Pedestal with base 2500.00
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  10. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    The area that won’t pay that is the circumference of their head.
    Some taxidermists are getting a price they couldn’t get in their area in the past thanks to McKenzie but the extra money is going to McKenzie and the shipping company’s. There still working for peanuts . Wait till you get your new McK catalog next month , sticker shock!
    Joe Hunter just bought a new 4wheel pickup and a fancy arse $2,000.00 rifle and scope and hired the best WT guide North of Bangor to get his trophy and has fishhooks in his pocket when he gets to the taxidermy shop.
    Don’t charge the guy too much anyway, it’s going in the garage the wife don’t want that stuff in her house!
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  11. Denton Shearin

    Denton Shearin 2009-Breakthrough Award, McKenzie Award,

    We're at $795 this year
  12. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Is that one eye or two
  13. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    When I was young ,16, I worked for a taxidermist that only put one eye in flying pheasants. He also used all black globe deer eyes , he said you don’t have to waste time lining up pupils.
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  14. Went up from 650 to 750 last year, staying at 750 this year but should probably be more like 795 to be honest
  15. Taxidermy T’s

    Taxidermy T’s Well-Known Member

    I did that for a time in the early 70s
    The No pupil eyes lol
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  16. Crittrstuffr

    Crittrstuffr Well-Known Member

    $625 last year for me going to be pushing $700 this year.
  17. Crittrstuffr

    Crittrstuffr Well-Known Member

    I read on here probably but I saw it somewhere that your customers are driving 50K trucks and sitting in 2K tree stands and shooting $1600 dollar cross bows with 30 dollar a piece broadheads. So what's 7-8 hundred dollars for their trophy deer mount?!
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  18. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Because they, the customer, can't pay that in their area, because they, the taxidermist can't get that in their area. They, their customer, bought the truck in an area where they, the automaker can get that price.
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  19. Crittrstuffr

    Crittrstuffr Well-Known Member

    So the biggest problem is they the taxidermist in said area wont ask they the customer for the 7-8 hundy correct? Ask for it and stand behind, produce a good product and you'd be shocked at what you can get folks. :D
  20. betsybeach

    betsybeach New Member

    A few months back, Ashley Eve did a poll on Instagram asking this same question. Her results were posted as an article on bowhunting.com - here's the link:


    Here's the infographic she made from the data she collected:


    (No surprise, prices are generally higher in states where guided hunts are more common.)
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