Despite common misconceptions about hog meat, it can be prepared deliciously and safely. However, not all hog hunters are looking to line the shelves of their freezer with the meat. Some visitors to Hog Wild are hoping to find a trophy-worthy hog for their wall. Who can blame them? Hogs are a beautiful wall-mount...and a big one carries a good measure of prestige!
So, let’s get down to brass tacks… we know this is one of the primary influencers on the decision to shoulder mount a hog: the cost accessibility.
If you’ve done a cursory web-search, you’re probably getting some mixed signals on what you should pay for a shoulder mount. The prices seem to vary quite a bit, but we have good news -- the average cost is between $450 and $800.
When you’re shopping around for the right place to have your trophy mounted, try to remember that there is such a thing as bad taxidermy. If you don’t believe us...well, just go ahead and give that a quick web search and then proceed with the mantra “you get what you pay for” in mind.
You will also want to keep in mind that you want to bring the right hog to your taxidermist -- if the fur, face, or ears are largely damaged as a result of your hunt, or because of the life experience of the hog, they may have a tougher time re-constructing your trophy as a beautiful piece for you wall.
Of course, this all depends on what you’re looking for in your trophy. We’ve met plenty of folks who believe that a weathered (but tough) looking animal is more desirable!
*Pro Tip* -- once bagged, place your trophy in an ice chest and cover it with ice to preserve it for the taxidermist. It is integral to remember that water is not good for the body. Repeat after me: “Dry, but cold!”
There are quite a few taxidermy shops in Oklahoma City, and Oklahoma at large. We have recommendations that we’d be happy to share with you, but first...why don’t you come bag your trophy at Hog Wild? Start by giving us a call at 405-HOG-WILD