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#4243584 - 05/09/13 07:00 AM Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ???
raydogg30 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/13
Posts: 5
Hey everyone,
I'm new to the forum, mainly because I guess I need some advise (Surprise surprise, right?) Anyway, this year I killed the biggest buck of my life and first whitetail in one.
I dropped my buck off at a local taxidermy shop (I have since moved about 2 hours away from the town) but still, a local dude. I called him yesterday, since it was my 5 month mark from dropping it off, to see if he had started it yet, and what the status was, and he tells me that he "lost his building" and that he "trusted some guys he shouldn't have and they helped themselves to meat and horns".
This is officially my worst sportsman's nightmare, I'm wondering what anyone has to say about this? He even went as far as to tell me that I'd have to take him to small claims court to recollect my $225 that I paid when dropping the horns/mount off. I'm at a loss, this is the stuff you hear about from horror stories, not the buck of my lifetime! Any help would be appreciated, point me in the right direction! Thank you in advance.

-Ray

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#4244165 - 05/09/13 11:10 AM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: raydogg30]
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Registered: 07/22/10
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Who is the taxidermist, name and city where located? Maybe some one else has used him or knows of him and can help. It might also help to make sure no one else tries to use him again in the future.
My suggestions is a FTF at his front door, I would by pass small claims court.
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#4244824 - 05/09/13 03:25 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: gaharris]
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Please tell me it wasn't Logan Garnder
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#4245156 - 05/09/13 05:28 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: bu2herndog]
raydogg30 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/13
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Rob Hallenbeck-Hill Country Deer Processing and Taxidermy.
Fredericksburg, TX.

Now as far as small claims court, I've never been, where do I start, what do I do? Thank you for the replies.

He just text me "could not find antlers"

-Ray

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#4245577 - 05/09/13 09:41 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: raydogg30]
hoof n wings Offline
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Registered: 05/03/10
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Loc: Tween Dallas and Fart Worth
If he won't give your money back, go to the court house and file on him. I don't know what it will cost- maybe $50. You have to fill out names and why your suing. I'd throw in something for loosing your horns, maybe the cost of the hunt. Good luck
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#4247196 - 05/10/13 03:30 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: hoof n wings]
Hill Country Stalker Offline
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Registered: 07/13/12
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Loc: LaPorte, TX
I hunt in Fredericksburg and have seen that place before. I hope you get something worked out with this guy. Sorry to hear this!
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#4247205 - 05/10/13 03:34 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: Hill Country Stalker]
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Hope you got a picture. If you got the time and cash id take him to court just to be a arse but that's just me.... actualy I know what I would do but will not advise on here.
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#4247687 - 05/10/13 07:18 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: Navasot]
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that stinks

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#4251270 - 05/13/13 01:00 AM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: Brother in-law]
raydogg30 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/13
Posts: 5
I have quite a few pics of him actually, before and after. I also have the money to take this guy to court, unfortunately, all I want is my damn antlers back, being that this is the biggest buck I've ever killed, and my first ever whitetail. This guy is so irresponsible, it astounds me, what a great show he put on when I was dropping off my trophy though. (#(*#R(*#@JR#JUR#@)U#@(U


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#4251487 - 05/13/13 08:33 AM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: raydogg30]
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Great deer.

Situations like yours have happened to many more people than you think, including myself. I learned from it and from now on will never allow anything other than a professional, full-time, shop operating, well known, and reliable taxidermist do work for me.

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#4252116 - 05/13/13 01:57 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: bu2herndog]
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Originally Posted By: bu2herndog
Great deer.

Situations like yours have happened to many more people than you think, including myself. I learned from it and from now on will never allow anything other than a professional, full-time, shop operating, well known, and reliable taxidermist do work for me.


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#4252260 - 05/13/13 03:04 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: MikeBillington]
RLoving1 Offline
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Registered: 05/21/10
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Loc: Odessa Texas
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!
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#4252689 - 05/13/13 06:27 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: RLoving1]
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That's truly sad, Great Deer.
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#4256803 - 05/15/13 10:42 AM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: SniperRAB]
NVCoons Offline
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Registered: 04/16/13
Posts: 12
Loc: las vegas nv
i used him for my first deer also, i just got an antler mount, but even though it took him like a year and two months we got that, our shoulder mount black buck and a European mount sitka back and we weren't impressed long story short i never would expect him to do that, we had a taxidermist here in Nevada do that and he got so many death threats and what not that its not funny. our experiences with other taxidermists ended after that hunt because we decided to give it a try and six years later we are now the fourth largest taxidermy shop in Nevada. taxidermy is a cut throat business.
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#4267760 - 05/20/13 12:24 PM Re: Taxidermist "may have lost my horns/cape"!!!! ??? [Re: NVCoons]
okjhutch Offline
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Registered: 09/19/11
Posts: 1134
not real sure,but you may also be able to file a lein on him and/or business, and if his original business may have include a family member on documents, include them, that might get some attention at some point, court house. just a thought no advice.

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