this may or may not make you feel better Rush, but years ago, Mogy shot a dandy 8 point buck at my brothers place. the buck didn't die right away, so he kept shooting til it lay still. he was pretty young at the time and wasn't taking any chances I guess. when I arrived at the scene of the crime, he was still standing over the body clutching his weapon, visibly shaking. a shot in the chest, the first shot, would have been plenty, but another to the torso, and two more in the face , and the buck cried "uncle" and expired. calling a taxidermist in the area, I explained to him about my kids buck and that it wasn't in the best of shape. two holes in the face etc. he said bring it in and I'll look at it. I told the guy that my dad had just shot a buck a day later that we could use the cape for if this one wasn't useable. He looked it over and assured us that he could make repairs on the holes and it wouldn't look any worse that a minor battle scar. he said he have it done by April. april came and went and we never heard from him. then may then June, so I called him. He informed me that he hadn't had time and wasn't sure when / if he'd be able to get to it. WTF! I called another guy we knew who told me he could have it finished in three weeks. I went to the taxidermist and demanded the cape. I was pissed and he knew it. I think he thought I was going to punch him. he kept his distance. I offered to buy the mannequin that he bought for it. After I got it to the other taxidermist, he called me to let me know he had figured out why the mount hadn't been completed. to fix bullet holes, they cut a football shaped hole and then gently draw the opening shut with stiches from the inside. he had cut the face holes to big making repair impossible. that is what really set me off. Putz, with no intentions of mounting his buck, discarded the cape. it was gone. So, if numbnutz, taxidermist number one, had thought it possible that we couldn't use the original cape, we could have at least mounted the deer with my sons grandfathers cape. instead, we ended up buying another cape from who knows where for another $100. pleased with the final outcome, but completely disappointed in this so called taxidermist and the way he circle jerked us around. I understand shit happens, but he never attempted to explain "the rest of the story" fuck him. I hope he has had a serious run of bad luck since then and for about the next twenty years.