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#4270370 - 05/21/13 01:36 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: okjhutch]
raydogg30 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/09/13
Posts: 5
Thank you for the replies. I'll be driving out there in about 4 days to figure everything out. I contacted the local game warden there and he hates the guy, he said he'd love to go out there with me and figure what happened out, and he said he'd phone the local Sheriff's office so we can get a deputy on scene. I'll let you know how it all turns out. Thanks again everyone.
-Ray

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#4270459 - 05/21/13 02:10 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: RLoving1]
Csddarden Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 03/30/10
Posts: 2848
Loc: Odessa, TX.
Originally Posted By: RLoving1
I have a jerk here in Odessa that can't seem to get a oryx hide tanned after over 1 year! He flaunts his certificates and crap and always has work going on but can't get a simple tan job delivered!? Cowboy Chris Taxidermy is POS in my book!


Bummer. Brosig's here in Mid/OD does some VERY nice work. Go there next time!

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#4270475 - 05/21/13 02:13 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: Csddarden]
BenBob Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 01/27/06
Posts: 4282
Loc: Undercover
Sue him for the price of a replica set of antlers. If you have lots of pictures and possibly the measurements, replicas can be made of the antlers and mounted on a form using another cape. Might not be exactly the same, but better than just letting him get away with it.
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#4270743 - 05/21/13 03:24 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: BenBob]
SweetTea Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 06/18/12
Posts: 1836
Sucks man. That's a good deer too.
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#4274959 - 05/23/13 10:19 AM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: SweetTea]
Taylor Everett Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/10/10
Posts: 125
Loc: Wise Co, Tx
That sucks man! My bet is he sold the horns, hope the gamewarden will hang a fat one in his a$$!! Hope im wrong. Good luck man hate that that hapened to ya!

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#4279793 - 05/26/13 02:32 AM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: Taylor Everett]
longhorn_cop Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 2533
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Sad to hear.
Good luck nailing the DB

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#4281318 - 05/27/13 01:03 AM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: longhorn_cop]
Hank the bird dog Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/12/12
Posts: 82
Loc: DFW
Man, that is terrible.... Sorry to hear about this bad experience.

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#4295345 - 06/02/13 12:50 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: raydogg30]
Featherduster Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 5276
Loc: Columbus / Round Rock, TX
Originally Posted By: raydogg30
Thank you for the replies. I'll be driving out there in about 4 days to figure everything out. I contacted the local game warden there and he hates the guy, he said he'd love to go out there with me and figure what happened out, and he said he'd phone the local Sheriff's office so we can get a deputy on scene. I'll let you know how it all turns out. Thanks again everyone.
-Ray

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#4295365 - 06/02/13 01:04 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: raydogg30]
Big Tony Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 7285
Loc: Godley (next to cleanliness)
Originally Posted By: raydogg30
Thank you for the replies. I'll be driving out there in about 4 days to figure everything out. I contacted the local game warden there and he hates the guy, he said he'd love to go out there with me and figure what happened out, and he said he'd phone the local Sheriff's office so we can get a deputy on scene. I'll let you know how it all turns out. Thanks again everyone.
-Ray


You beat me to it. I was gonna say, call the GW. That'll get the ball rolling. This happens way to much at a lot of taxi's. For the life of me, I can't understand why these folks can't get more organized. I know there's some good ones out there so I don't mean to lump them all into one category but it just seems like some of the folks couldn't keep books on a snow cone stand.
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#4297896 - 06/03/13 05:45 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: Big Tony]
Brock77 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 12/07/12
Posts: 548
Loc: DFW
dang that sucks, very nice deer. Since the warden hates him so much maybe he could help you out and sue him for the price of the hunt as well.

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#4303147 - 06/05/13 06:04 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: Brock77]
raydogg30 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/09/13
Posts: 5
I mistakenly listed the game warden as the one who "hates him" that's incorrect, it's a local deputy I talked to that stated he hated dealing with him.
From what I have found out, it seems that the taxidermist was burglarized, and there wasn't much he could do. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that he finds my horns. I offered a no questions asked $100.00 to whoever hands me my horns, no police, nothing. I just want the horns back.
Hopefully it goes smooth, but something tells me that my horns are long gone. Biggest buck I've ever killed and first whitetail, so thankful that my first hunting experience after coming home from the middle east resulted in theft, FML.
Glad the rest of TX doesn't suck.

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#4303922 - 06/06/13 12:14 AM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: raydogg30]
richm Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 02/11/13
Posts: 33
Loc: San Antonio, TX
hey Ray
I am really sorry to hear your going through this. If the taxi will not offer a solution, then you may make a couple of suggestions. I know these will never replace your trophy, but it's something...
1) I would put a bill together itemized estimating your loss ( hunting trip cost breakdown, replacement cape, horn cost..check taxidermy.net for comparable pricing). Then I would offer him a payoff plan, 50-100 bucks a month till he pays off.
2) if he can't pay, then have him arrange a replacement hunt. If the guys a legit taxi, he knows hunters who might sympathize and offer to help him and you out by getting you on another hunt. I'd definitely check the place out first before agreeing.

If the guy will not work with you. Get on Taxidermy.net and post on the bad dealings site, and put pictures of the buck. These horns will eventually make it to another shop and you may be able to find them that way. Ive seen it happen...Don't sweat the cape, those are pretty easy to replace.

Just my 2cents, hope it helps. Most taxi's are reputable folks who care about your trophy. Good luck
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#4304408 - 06/06/13 09:19 AM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: richm]
TurkeyHunter Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 04/04/05
Posts: 7616
Loc: Bedford, TX
For what it´s worth you still ought to take him to small claims, itemize everything as listed above, and seek a judgement with the court. You will need to then pursue the judgement. It may not seem like much or you might not get anything, but a judgement on record can cause people all sorts of grief.

http://www.texasbar.com/Content/Navigati...ClaimsCourt.pdf

http://library.law.smu.edu/Research-Tools/Research-Guides/Texas-Law-(300)/307-Small-Claims-Court---Texas
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#4315133 - 06/11/13 02:18 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: Brock77]
WNPHNTR Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 03/24/13
Posts: 159
Sorry for your bad luck. I've been jacked around by a taxidermist also.
You can take him to small claims court. Every county has a different fee for filing, usually $35.00 to $50.00, with a maximum amount of $5000.00 in damages. You can sue for any amount up to the maximum allowed, and basically have to prove to the judge why you deserve that amount.
If you only sue for a small amount, he probably won't even show up at the hearing, and the judge can only allow you what you sued for in the initial filing.And just because you win the case, there's no law in place to make him pay. He'll get a judgement put on his credit record and that'll mess with him for years. A little tip to get his sorry attention..
Sue him for the maximum allowable, probably $5000.00. Won't cost any extra and it WILL get his attention. He'll either settle before it goes to court, or he'll show up to argue his case and the judge will allow whatever he sees fit. Small claims court is pretty loose. It all depends on what the judge is like. You might even get a judge who's been screwed by a taxidermist himself and he'll lower the boom on the guy. You never know....You won't loose though, and the guy may even try to counter sue, but it will get dismissed right off.
Good luck..make the guy have to think about what he's done to you and probably a bunch of other guys.
Make sure you have all receipts/documents.

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#4423494 - 07/26/13 03:38 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: Brock77]
Antikythera76 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 04/17/13
Posts: 106
Loc: Grand Prairie, Tx
helped themselves to meat? that sounds kind of gross! that usually isnt edible meat..... i would totally be angry at anyone who did that! that is your hard earned deer and they need to compensate somehow. SOOO irresponsible.
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