$700 for a head mount?

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Read the post/ would you spend $700 on a mount / buck of a lifetime?

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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:45 am

Dor wrote:
Spysar wrote:I've done it. It would have to be more than a shoulder mount though.

Ditto


I'm having a pedestal mount done on last years public land KS buck. I consider him a BOL. I have 325$ into an amish-made to match (my furniture) pedestal, and about 100$ into form/eyes etc. `75 into tanning and whatever my neighbor charges me for labor.


Something like what DOR is doing, yes could see spending the money then. $700.00 isn't that far off of $400-$450 for what I pay.....my guy does better than average work, won't say the best, but sure better than some other $500 heads I've seen.


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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Spysar » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:45 am

This is the one I have on a pedistal rubbing a tree. A double beam freak. The mount came out OK, but the taxy screwed up and put the ear in front of the tree when I requested it to be back. It was too late by then.

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I can move the mount so it's rubbing the front of the rack if I want.

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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Spysar » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:46 am

Dor wrote:
Spysar wrote:I've done it. It would have to be more than a shoulder mount though.

Ditto


I'm having a pedestal mount done on last years public land KS buck. I consider him a BOL. I have 325$ into an amish-made to match (my furniture) pedestal, and about 100$ into form/eyes etc. `75 into tanning and whatever my neighbor charges me for labor.


Dor, if you haven't already and still can, put wheels on the pedistal so you can turn it any way you want, it's worth it.
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Dor » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:52 am

Spysar wrote:
Dor wrote:
Spysar wrote:I've done it. It would have to be more than a shoulder mount though.

Ditto


I'm having a pedestal mount done on last years public land KS buck. I consider him a BOL. I have 325$ into an amish-made to match (my furniture) pedestal, and about 100$ into form/eyes etc. `75 into tanning and whatever my neighbor charges me for labor.


Dor, if you haven't already and still can, put wheels on the pedistal so you can turn it any way you want, it's worth it.

Really? I don't anticipate it being that heavy? Did yours turn out super heavy or something?
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Spysar » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:56 am

Not that it's heavy, but a pedistal mount is a 360 degree mount. Not saying you'll do it all the time, but it's nice to change the view with just a spin of the pedistal. Huge racks often need to be viewed from many angles. :mrgreen:
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Dor » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:57 am

Spysar wrote:Not that it's heavy, but a pedistal mount is a 360 degree mount. Not saying you'll do it all the time, but it's nice to change the view with just a spin of the pedistal. Huge racks often need to be viewed from many angles. :mrgreen:

Is yours on carpet? if so do the wheels spin ok on the carpet? Mine will be on carpet likely.
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Spysar » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:01 am

It's on carpet, but it still spins easy.

I just threw it out there. I thought it was a neat idea....
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Dor » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:03 am

Spysar wrote:It's on carpet, but it still spins easy.

I just threw it out there. I thought it was a neat idea....

Its a good idea. I will look into it.
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:28 am

Sorry - but a 130" would be worth $700...

Considering a good mount in NH goes for around $500 anyways (give or take $100). A special deer will get the BIG Bucks - pun intended
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby hoyt » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:13 am

Nope...that's why I took a mail order taxidermy course back in the 60's...Northwestern School of Taxidermy out of Omaha, Nebraska ...think it's the same course Roosevelt and the guy on the taxidermy show took. I figured as much as I liked hunting and hunted it would be best to learn how to mount my own.
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby RaisedByWolves » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:00 pm

I would consider it if i had a giant 180"+ typical...but he would have to have darn good reason to charge that much....anyway don't they pay you to mount the absolute slobs?? i wouldn't know ;)
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby dan » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:13 pm

anyway don't they pay you to mount the absolute slobs?? i wouldn't know

Who is "they" and how do I get in on it! :lol:
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby tim » Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:39 am

700 for a standard mount, ill pass. i do realize there is an art involved so how do you put a price on that but. like i just read in another post from i believe mountain mike, if prices go up 50 a year than were looking at 1200.00 in 10 years, thats ludacris imo. id rather boil em myself and hang eurpean mounts .
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby RaisedByWolves » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:30 am

dan wrote:
anyway don't they pay you to mount the absolute slobs?? i wouldn't know

Who is "they" and how do I get in on it! :lol:
Andrae pays for all his and has several top scoring whitetails.

Wouldn't that be nice if taxi's would compete to mount a record breaker or some hunting celebrity's(like Dan's ;) ) mounts because everyone see's them and people ask "who does all your mounts? their beautiful!"
Might be awhile before taxi's get that competitive :lol:
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Re: $700 for a head mount?

Unread postby Beauford » Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:20 pm

I said no, but if a state record or well over 200 inches maybe change the mind. I have a couple love them just can't see paying that much money at this time.


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