How Much Does Taxidermy Cost?
Taxidermy is the art of mounting or reproducing animals for display in a place such as a home or commercial atmosphere such as a restaurant. Some of the most common animals that are mounted include deer, fish, birds, as well as other various mammals and reptiles. Taxidermy caters mainly to hunters and fishermen. The cost of taxidermy is going to depend on the size of the animal, the portion of the animal you want preserved, the animal and taxidermist performing the job.
How much is it?
- On average, the prices can range anywhere from $65 to as much as $4,000 or more.
- A deer shoulder mount can cost anywhere from $375 to $550. Larger animals such as an Elk or Caribou can range from $600 to $1,200 for a shoulder mount alone.
- Animals such as a bear, coyote, or a boar can cost between $415 and $700 for a shoulder mount.
- For the skin alone, tanned skins from a whitetail deer can cost anywhere from $65 to $185, depending on if it is going to be half or whole.
- Birds can cost anywhere from $80 for a tail mount, all the way up to $650 for a turkey that is in a “fly mode.”
- For fish, most taxidermists are going to charge per inch. This can range from $11 to $22 per inch depending on what type of fish it is.
- Life sized mounts are going to cost considerably more. For example, a life sized squirrel can cost anywhere from $180 to $330, while a raccoon or fox can cost $400 to $615. Larger animals such as a mountain lion or black bear can fetch prices from $1,100 to $2,400.
- Large bears such as a Grizzly or Kodak can cost between $3,000 and $4,800.
What are the extra costs?
- Plaques and customized name plates can be added if you want this on your display. For example, a plaque and customized name plate can cost anywhere from $55 to $225 depending on the type of wood, etc.
- If you want the animal to be in different pose such as an action shot or have its mouth open, it may add 20% to 30% more to the price.
What is going to be included?
- A taxidermist will first skin the animal and remove all the internal organs and blood. Upon removal, the skin will be preserved in chemicals for a couple of days to preserve it. Parts of the body such as the eyes are replaced with glass. Upon completion, the animal will sit on items such as wood or some sort of plaque.
- Most taxidermists will include a type of mount for the animal. For example, a fish will more than likely come with a driftwood piece, while a squirrel might sit on a log.
How can I save money?
- Talk with a few taxidermists in your area. It is best to look at pictures of their previous work to get a good idea on what they have done. Don’t go with the overall price tag alone, but rather the job that they can do for you.
- Be weary of those that do the job over the internet. Many have complained that the shipping process has done more damage than good. Since these animals are unique, you may not want to risk the shipment process.