Hunting is a much-loved pastime, but what do you do with your trophy after you’ve made the kill? A great way to preserve your spoils is to get the animal taxidermized. Various animals cost different amounts for full-body taxidermy, so check out this chart to see the average price you can expect.
|Type of Animal||Average Costs for Full-Body Taxidermy|
|Mule Deer||$1,800 – $4,000|
|Whitetail Deer||$1,800 – $4,000|
|Black Bear||$2,400 – $5,000|
|Grizzly Bear||$3,500 – $9,000|
|Antelope||$3,000 – $4,000|
|Mountain Lion||$1,600 – $4,500|
|Elk||$5,700 – $12,500|
|Moose||$8,000 – $15,000|
|Mountain Goat||$3,000 – $5,000|
|Ibex||$3,500 – $5,000|
|Bighorn Sheep||$4,000 – $5,000|
|Aoudad (Barbary Sheep)||$4,000 – $5,000|
|Coyote||$700 – $1,500|
|Fox||$500 – $1,500|
|Rabbit||$400 – $1,250|
Now that you have an idea of some pricing, let’s talk about it in a little more detail.
1. Mule Deer
The mule deer is roughly 5 feet in length and normally tends to weigh around 200 pounds, so when it commons to having one taxidermized, it isn’t too expensive in comparison to other animals. Deer are one of the more common animals amongst the large game, so they tend to cost a fair $2,000 to $4,000 for a full-body mount including a ground pedestal.
2. Whitetail Deer
The whitetail deer comes in just a bit bigger on average than the mule deer standing at nearly 3 feet tall and just over 5 feet long. They typically weigh around the same as the mule deer and so, they also tend to cost around $2,000 to $4,000 for a full-body mount. These deer are the best know for their distinct raised whitetail that sets them apart from the mule deer. (Source)
3. Black Bear
The black bear is the most common in bear North America, so there is a fair possibility you could run into one of these large creatures while out hunting and possibly even take one down. Weighing in at over 400 pounds, these bears are very large, but they are only 4 and a half feet wide. To get one of these bears as a full-body mount will cost between $2,500 to $5,000.
4. Grizzly Bear
While a type of brown bear is known to be the largest type of bear in the world, typically the grizzly bear is only around 3 feet tall when on all four paws and 6 and a half feet long. It isn’t too surprising that a bear this big is going to be pretty heavy, weighing in with the third-highest weight of the listed animals at 600 pounds. Getting one of these large bears taxidermized will cost around $3,500 to $9,000 depending on the size. (Source)
The antelope is a popular animal to have a full-body mount off due to their unique horn styles and it can be anything from spiraling to hooked. These large game animals tend to weigh just over 100 pounds and are about 3 feet tall and 4 and a half feet in length. Getting an antelope as a full-body mount will cost around $3,000 to $4,000.
6. Mountain Lion
Know by several names, cougar, puma, panther, or catamount, these large tan cats are native to the Americas and are known to end up on walking trails due to having no predators besides humans. These cats weigh around 170 pounds. While they are short with only two and a half feet in height, they are a whopping 8 feet in length. These cats cost roughly between $1,600 to $4,500 to have a full-body mount done.
Just beating out the grizzly bear for the second heaviest animal on this list, the elk weigh in with an average weight of around 720 pounds. Known for their massive antlers, the elk typically stands about 5 feet tall, not taking antlers into height, and are 8 feet long. These massive animals make great trophies, but getting a full-body mount can cost from $5,700 to $12,500.
The moose by far is the largest animal that is on this list. It typically is one of the largest animals that people have taxidermized. These massive creatures are nearly 6 feet tall, without counting their antlers, and are 9 feet long.
9. Mountain Goat
The first member of the goat family on this list, the mountain goat is about 3 feet long and weighs about 260 pounds. This makes it the heaviest of the goats I will cover, and despite this, the mountain goat is one of the cheaper goats to get a full-body mount. It will cost from around $3,000 to $5,000 for the full-body and pedestal.
For a full-grown ibex, their curving horns can eventually reach around 5 feet in length. This is impressive as they have one of the largest horn lengths to body lengths that amount to the animal kingdom. The ibex is also the lightest of the goats I will cover, with an average weight of only 140 pounds. To get a full taxidermy ibex, it will cost from $3,500 to $5,000.
11. Bighorn Sheep
The bighorn sheep tend to be the largest of the 4 sheep I cover in this list, with a length of nearly 4 feet. However, despite being the largest, they only weigh 150 pounds on average. To get a taxidermy bighorn sheep will cost $4,000 to $5,000. (Source)
12. Aoudad (Barbary Sheep)
The aoudad is considered vulnerable and is nearly extinct in all of its natural areas, but due to being brought to the Americas for hunting purposes, their thriving continues here. The aoudad is about 3 feet long and weighs about 200 pounds, and to get one taxidermized will cost from $4,000 to $5,000. (Source)
The coyote is one of the smaller animals on this list, weighing only around 30 pounds and are only 2 feet tall and 2 and a half feet long. To get a coyote or a jackal full-body taxidermized will cost around $1,000.
Just as with the coyote, the fox is a smaller animal so it is much cheaper to get full-body taxidermy. Weighing only 14 pounds and not even standing at 2 feet tall, the fox tends to cost $500 to $1,500 to get taxidermized.
The jackrabbit is by far the smallest animal on this list, and as appropriate, the cheapest to get taxidermy of. Only around 14 inches tall and 3 pounds in weight, a rabbit only costs roughly $400 to $1,250 to get a full-body taxidermy and pedestal.