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Discussion in 'General Michigan Hunting' started by Papa Liver, Sep 11, 2017.
Shoulder mount turned into 1/3 of a neck
The only part of the deer that is used is the cape and the rack. It's not like there's a bunch of pieces you can swap from other animals. The rest is all in the form and the taxi's ability to bring it to life. If he's not happy with how it came out, that's one thing. But to say he was forced to take a deer that isn't his is a bit ridiculous.
I see it about the same. I do not see a "monster" buck as described in post #1. Kinda hard to tell about the hide with the photos supplied. This is one of those times when you wish you could hear both sides of the story. Not saying that I think a good job of taxi work was preformed. Perhaps the paperwork shows that the hunter requested a neck mount ?
Still waiting for a few decent photos.
L & O
The OP did not say whether the work was done by an experienced taxidermist doing it as a business or some guy learning the field and doing it as a hobby in his garage.
I know I determine before field dressing if it's getting mounted. I never cut past the rib cage as that is need for the cape. I've seen them cut all the way up to the neck. Even extremily talented taxis can't make that look right.
I feel for your friend but sometimes you learn the hard way. I know I did.
Is your buddy the taxidermist?
Can't screw a European mount at all when skinning a deer. Found out that is the most economical way to showcase a deer, and to be honest, I think it is a tad nicer too. You also avoid any blame between you and the taxidermist should something happen....hence the point of this long winded thread!
Same rack and same cape = same deer from what I can see
Minus the shoulders, of course.
Not can't just hard to screw one up.There was recently a thread about a dog getting ahold of a guys euro mount.
My taxidermist agreed to do my head when I die as a surprise for my wife!
Two years ago I had a taxidermist send me the wrong antelope mount. The mount I received wasn't even close to the horns of the animal I harvested. Photos I had proved to everyone including the taxidermist. Unfortunately he good not replace my mount, he did offer for me to keep the mount I received at no charge and would mount my next year's antelope for free. I took him up on the offer.
Learned my lesson, One gets what they paid for. Shot a great buck 10pt 238 dressed. Paid high dollar at a reptable taxi looks great. Shot a very red colored coyote a few years back. Big male. Took it to a Hobby Taxi, and well he forgot it was supposed to be front elevated mouth opening into a howl. Well he cut the front mounts down and fitted to a flat board to mount. The front legs were 45 degrees or more backward. It looked like it was trying to walk right into the winds of Irma. He kept the mount and I got 100% money back. I did loose the hide.
What does the invoice say. It should be spelled out a shoulder mount looking left right or neck mount. IF the invoice has shoulder listed only neck was deliverd he would be redoing (or refunding some agreed upon amount) or small claims court and he did not fulfill the contract.
Was the full amount pard upfront? If he paid a balance at pickup he could be introuble as it may show/indicate he accepted the mount as it, unless he paid check and has the deficiency noted on it or the invoice.
Over that past 20 years or so, I can remember getting a couple deer in that were cut way short and the customer did not want to use a replacement cape, so therefore the only option was to use a neck mount form. There are a couple available that I know if from suppliers, but you can also make your own neck mount form by cutting down a shoulder form and installing a wood block in the back. They look like crap when compared to a shoulder mount, but in most cases, it's a cape cut short that caused the problem in the first place along with the clients refusal to anti up for a new cape. I'd like to hear the taxidermists side of the story and I'd also like to see some better photos too because the ones on this thread are so bad that no possible determinations can be made about anything.
I can definitely see that happening. If that is the case, it just comes down to if the taxi let him know up front that the cape was not going to work for what he wanted. Doesn't sound like that was the case here but you're right, we haven't heard the taxi's side of the story.