Where Quality is the Highest Degree of Excellence......
The two most commonly asked questions of taxidermists are:
"How much?" and "How long?"
Quality craftsmanship and artistry has an affect on both of these questions. These pages are here to help you recognize what makes a quality mount and to aid in your selection of a taxidermist. Quality taxidermy, whether fur, fish, or fowl, requires both knowledge and time. Kits are available to anyone desiring to mount an animal, just as paint-by-number kits are on the market.
The question is, would you rather have a paint-by-number or a Terry Redlin hanging in your home? It is only natural that the knowledge and talent of an individual taxidermist would affect the price of their work. They have worked long and hard to develop their skills.
Quality is also a factor affecting how long it takes to have your work completed. Many variables are involved in determining "turn-around" time including,
1) amount of work backlog,
2) whether the taxidermist is full- or part-time,
3) whether there are employees or some of the work is wholesaled out to another taxidermist, and
4) the actual time spent working on your trophy.
Remember that really good work takes longer than sloppy work this applies to taxidermy as much as anything else. It takes time to meticulously flesh and properly tan skins. If insufficient time is allowed for drying, finishing and paint work can crack. It takes time to properly detail anatomically correct eyes, nose, and feet and do a great paint job. The old adage, "you get what you pay for" often applies to taxidermy work.
Shoulder Mount Prices and etc.
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*Prices are subject to change without notice. Back To Life Taxidermy charges a flat fee of $35.00 dollars for any full body mount specimen that arrives not skinned.*Except deerheads
*All small game will include base, either for the wall or floor. Habitats are priced accordingly. News
Often capes or parts of horns are damaged due to the rigors of the hunt, and need extra care for proper repair. Unless the damage is extreme, we do not charge for this. However, if excess work is required, our shop charges are $35.00 per hour .The greater care the hunter takes with their trophy in the field, the more attractive the final mount will be, and not as costly. It should be noted that excess damage to some capes are beyond repair, but can be replacemed for a small fee. Shipping/crating , repairs, detachable antlers, velvet antler tanning, or stripping and staining ,antler repair, custom bases, habitats, large mammal pedestal bases, wall pedestals, open mouth mounts, and driftwood for your fish are extra. message.