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What do you spend the most time on?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by deerstuffer, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. deerstuffer

    deerstuffer New Member

    Just curious where you all spend your time on a deer mount. How long does it take you for the skinning, fleshing, tanning, mounting, finishing etc. Break it down as much as you would like and maybe I and others can learn where we are taking to long or not long enough. Thanks
  2. I take way too much time turning and removing ear cartilage 45min- 1hr. Sewing takes a little too long for my liking also 20 min.

  3. visions of wildlife taxid

    visions of wildlife taxid love me or leave me, just dont try to convert me

    definitely spend more time turning ears eyes and nose and lips,than anything but proper turning and fleshing very thin makes for a very nice finished product, Russ
  4. Exactly what Russ said, that's where my time is also.
  5. Ron B

    Ron B Life Sucks.....Then comes the death roll!!!!

    Turning and thinning without a doubt.
  6. Repair such as bullet holes ,briskets split to far, and other customer screw ups. I especially love the guys that walk up to the deer and shoot it point blank in the back of the neck and still want the deers neck the same size.
  7. ed150

    ed150 deer city time

    all prep work
  8. maximum

    maximum The one that got away! Made the other guy Famous!

    Turning ears, and removing cartilage! Seems like it take me forever to do it.
  9. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    Finish work - because I usally have a fight with the airbrush and have to beat it into submission. I've had less fights since I got my Iwata.
  10. nokes

    nokes New Member

    Why do it? If fleshing,turning, salting, tanning, thinning takes so long then why do it. For $65 tanning and skinning fee, I"ll send it in green. Never understood that one!
  11. bw

    bw New Member

    45 min caping and cutting skull cap
    45 min turning lips, eyes etc.
    15 min (approx.) salting....spread out over the next few days
    Off to the tanner.
    Once back from the tanner
    4 hrs prepping the cape and form. Thinning eyes, nose, lips etc. Setting antlers, prepping form, bondo ears etc.
    4hrs mounting deer. Hang to dry
    A few minutes scattered about during the baby sitting.
    2 hrs rebuilding w/epoxy and painting.
  12. visions of wildlife taxid

    visions of wildlife taxid love me or leave me, just dont try to convert me

    nokes, i actually send about half of mine to the tannery i use who provides that service now, my time is better spent doing mounting and finish work on other items. He asked where most of my time was spent so i told him. as for total time in a deer, around ten hours, but that is spread out in 15 minute to 2 hour periods thru out the process.
  13. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    I think I spend the most time on the computer.
  14. KevinH

    KevinH Active Member

    Heres how I would break my time list down
    Customer shows up to drop off deer head and tell their story 30-45 min.
    skinning- 15 min.
    turning and fleshing- 1 hr.
    salting - 15 min. (over 2-3 days)
    form ordering- 5 min.
    tanning - 30 min.
    form and hide prep- 2 1/2 - 3 hr.
    mounting - 2 1/2 - 3 hr.
    Looking over next day - 15 min.
    Epoxie work - 30 min.
    Painting - 45 min.
    Call customer
    Listen to story again - 15 min.
    So roughly 10 hrs. total.
  15. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    Most of my time is spend on prep work, both on the cape as well as the manikin. The mounting process actually takes less time for me than anything else.
  16. Talking to customers.