How Much Does Taxidermy Cost?

Taxidermy is the art of mounting or reproducing animals for display in a place such as a home or in a commercial atmosphere such as a restaurant.  Common mounts include a whitetail deer, fox, bobcats, pheasants, bears, squirrels, elk and even mountain lions.

Stuffed and Mounted by xlibber, on Flickr
Stuffed and Mounted” (CC BY 2.0) by xlibber

How much is it?

Antler mount costs

Type of AnimalAverage Price
Antelope$100 to $200
Bison$250 to $450
Caribou$150 to $350 (depending on size)
Deer$100 to $200 / $150 to $300 for European style
Elk$150 to $350 (depending on size)
Goat$100 to $200
Sheep$200 to $350

Lifesize mount costs

Type of AnimalPrice Average
Antelope$1,500 to $2,500
Black Bear$1,500 to $3,500 (depending on size)
Boar$1,500 to $3,000
Bobcat$650 to $1,000
Coyote$800 to $1,300
Deer$1,500 to $2,500
Domestic Cat$750 to $1,500
Domestic Dog$750 to $1,500
Fawn$700 to $2,000
Fisher$650 to $1,000
Fox$650 to $1,000
Goat$1,500 to $2,500
Grizzly Bear$2,800 to $5,500 (depending on size)
Lion$1,500 to $3,000
Mink$250 to $450
Rabbit$250 to $450
Raccoon$650 to $1,000
Sheep$1,500 to $2,500
Skunk$650 to $1,000
Squirrel$250 to $450
Weasel$250 to $450
Wolf$1,300 to $2,500

Shoulder mount costs

Type of AnimalAverage Price
Antelope$500 to $750
Bear$400 to $750 (open mouth costs 20% more)
Bison$800 to $1,500
Boar$750 to $1,100
Caribou$500 (artificial velvet) to $1,200 (stained rack)
Deer$400 to $700
Elk$750 to $1,300 (depending on size)
Javelina$300 to $550 (open mouth costs 20-30% more)
Moose$800 to $1,300 (depending on size)
Wolf$450 to $650
Coyote$350 to $550

Tanning hide costs

Type of AnimalAverage Price
Bear$150 to $300
Beaver$100 to $200
Bison$15 to $25 per square foot
Bobcat$100 to $200
Caribou$11 to $18 per square foot
Coyote$100 to $200
Deer$100 to $300
Elk$11 to $16 per square foot
Mink$100 to $200
Moose$14 to $18 per square foot
Raccoon$100 to $200
Weasel$100 to $200
Wolf$4 to $8 per inch


Type of BirdAverage Price
Chicken$250 to $400
Ducks$300 to $500
Geese$350 to $550
Pheasant$250 to $400
Swan$700 to $1,100 (depending on the position)
Turkey Pose $700 to $1,100 (depending on the position)

What are the extra costs?

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Average Reported Cost: $450

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  1. David (Danville,  Iowa) paid $450 and said:

    Racoon mount

    Was it worth it? Yes

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