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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Fri May 20, 2005 12:52 am

This fall when I get my first nice green head, I want to get it mounted.

I dont need anything really fancy, just mabey "a duck on the rock" mounting.

Ive talked to a couple of taxidermists, but I want to know about how much something like this should cost (ball park).

AND, does anyone know of any other good looking mounting positions (besid es the "duck on a rock", that dosnt cost my dogs front left paw?

Thanks for Ya'lls help!

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Postby waylon » Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:41 pm

Woodies, and Mergansers are the most expensive because of the feathers on their heads. You can figure 30-45.00 less for your bird. I had my Taxi tell me this in January. I'm paying him 145.00 for a banded woodie, on driftwood. He's a State/National Taxi Champion too. Cant wait to get him back!
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Postby .#DraKE » Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:06 am

This past season I doubled a pair of big triple curled green heads.

My taxidermist will do the pair of them, one on driftwood, one commited in flight for $250 Canadian.

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Postby Pete-pec » Mon Jun 06, 2005 1:40 pm

First off, I've never heard of charging more for the head feathers. From my experience, there isn't much difference in mounting a Woodduck -VS- a Mallard, except for the thickness of their skin.
.#DraKE you are getting a Heck of a deal on those two birds if indeed the quality is there. Price isn't everything!
Alaska, I'm not sure what you were quoted on a price, but I heard everything costs more in Alaska. Around here $150 to $200 is the going rate for a duck sitting, flying, or with a crest. I personally like a pretty greenhead coming in to land with it's wings fully cupped.
Waylon, I think that the Merganser is the easiest duck to mount, and the Woody is the hardest based solely on the thickness of their skin, and the fleshing that follows. Nothing to do with their head crest. Just my opinion. Wings cupped, Pete-pec
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Postby frazier2209 » Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:34 pm

waylon wrote:Woodies, and Mergansers are the most expensive because of the feathers on their heads. You can figure 30-45.00 less for your bird. I had my Taxi tell me this in January. I'm paying him 145.00 for a banded woodie, on driftwood. He's a State/National Taxi Champion too. Cant wait to get him back!

waylon, where you live w/ these prices.
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Postby donell67 » Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:25 pm

theres a guy here that will do 2 birds for 99.00. but you get what you pay for.
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Postby shrpshtr » Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:33 pm

here in SC, you'll pay about $150 for good quality stuff! it can't be stated enough about getting what you pay for.
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Postby huntmq1 » Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:56 pm

Here in SW MO my buddy gets around $175-$180 for ANY duck and around $250-$270 for ANY geese.
As I've said, and agree with previos post's, you get what you pay for.
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Postby frazier2209 » Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:21 pm

i see.
there is only one taxidermist around here. he is a world chamion and charges $225 for any duck. His turn-around time is about 1 year.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:04 am

Hey Pete,
Does the duck w/ cupped wings cost much more, i think I like it better too.

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Postby Pete-pec » Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:04 am

Souff,
It shouldn't, unless you go to the guy that Waylon goes to! :toofunny: Just kidding Waylon, but I've got to believe that this guy is charging more for something that easily comes together anyway. ie the crest. Stouff, there are some guys out there that will charge a different price for a sitting bird -VS- a flying bird -VS- a nice scenery. For one, the duck sitting on a rock may cost a bit more, because an artificial rock can cost about 30 bucks at a taxidermy supply company. If you mounted a flying bird on a piece of driftwood, it shouldn't matter what position you had the wings.
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Postby rivrduk » Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:26 am

Stouff,

Here in NW Arkansas my son and I doubled-up on a pair of Mergansers. The price of the pair was $330.00. Checked three different taxidermist, prices ranged from $155.00-$180.00. I went with the one we have used before at $165.00. His geese are $300.00.

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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:46 am

Thanks guys,
I really appreciate it...... Cuz I know JACK 'bout mountings, all I know is that the first nice green head I get, I wanna mount it :smile:

I REALLY like the idea of the landing duck, w/ wings open........
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Postby cast-n-blast » Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:48 am

Always know that you get what you pay for! I can't express that enough. A top of the line mount should run you anywhere from $175-$225. Don't settle on the $50-$100 job if quality is what you want.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:30 pm

I'll be sure to remember that........

But I'm gunna have to work hard on reminding myelf when it comes time to fork over the green :hammering:

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Postby huntmq1 » Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:34 pm

I have so many items at my taxidermist that I take him money every month. I have a thick file in his file cabinet. Even when I didn't have something there, I still took him money because I knew I would be bringing in something else sooner or later.
I once traded a processed deer for a beautiful pedastle shoulder mount of my big 10 point three years ago. My taxidermist buddy told me his sister needed some meat for her freezer, so I used one of my many rifle tags for an antlerless deer (doe, we can buy as many as you want here in MO) and she had meat. He traded me the meat for my mount. The cost of my tag $10, processing fee $70 and 15 minutes of time in the stand got me a $350 deer mount!
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:27 am

Sounds like a good deal to me :thumbsup:

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