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Took my vets day buck to them Saturday afternoon. Told them I wanted to keep the head for a European mount. When I step outside this is what I'm greeted with. I sure miss Charlies

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The boy was clearly under the influence of something
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Some people just don't care or listen. I shot a buck that was in full velvet and took it to Austins. When I picked the head and cape up the guy carrried it out by his antlers n just tossed it on the ground behind my truck.
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That is definitely screwed up but that is very close to a true Europe mount , a real euro mount is cut from back of skull thru half the eye socket and on a slight angle down leaving the nose but no top teeth at all . So it's flat all the way thru from brain cavity thru eye socket to nose . That is a true Europe mount , we do skull mounts. Maybe the guy was from Europe that cut it . Lol . Kidding I would be upset also .
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You should have taken it to Hitchcock’s. They only charge 25 dollars to cut the head off
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You should have taken it to Hitchcock’s. They only charge 25 dollars to cut the head off

I'm not sure if your being sarcastic or what but , I feel it's ridiculous any butcher shop is going to charge you to give you back something that is already yours and something they have to do to cut your deer in the first place . Your deer must be skinned to get to the meat , the head must be cut off . It's a joke and some of you are letting them get away with it . I hear shops also charge you $50 to get it skinned for a mount , they are calling it caped out for a mount , guess what that's not caping it out . Caping it out is skinning it from the head , removing the hide from the skull and cutting the rack out, if that were the case then it's worth it but skinning the deer and leaving the hide intact is not caping and you should not be charged to get your head and hide back . If they were to charge anything it should be $8 and is what a deer hide is worth when the sell it to the furrier. It's ridiculous and you guys should boycott any shop doing that .
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I wouldn’t take anything to Hitchcock’s unless it was a last resort. He’s the macro tech of butchers lol. He charges 50 to cape out. But he’ll gladly take it off if u get the mount done there. Idk i just cut the head off myself for Europe mount. C n l in hampstead didn’t charge me anything. That’s where the ones we get butchered go as i hunt mostly bmore county.
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Yes being sarcastic. The only time I went there they wanted to charge me 25 bucks to cut the head off.
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Yes being sarcastic. The only time I went there they wanted to charge me 25 bucks to cut the head off.

N he told you you were doing it wrong lol.
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Never had this problem at M&G. Jason is busy and it take a while but the convenience factor and competitive price make it a no brainer.
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N he told you you were doing it wrong lol.
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Lol
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55 most places here 60 to tenderize that's cutting the horns off or keeping the head to mount or what ever no extra .. and most places vacuum seal
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Lenny knows his sh$$$ but you always do it wrong and he doesn't even do most of the work anymore lol
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OK HERE WE GO
Most butchers are just that, BUTCHERS, OVER PRICED,SLOBS, I SAID MOST NOT ALL.
      A guy off Rt 9 is a true butcher/ Slob/Pig/drug doing A-HOLE. One on my customers drove all the way down there just the other day and the place was closed. All 3 phone numbers ,leave message after telling him to drop it off at that pacific time, WTF. The guy is a first class PIG, dirty, steals meat to replace others missing meat. Seen it first hand, A RIP-OFF.
      A place in Pa behind Booths Corner Farmers market is another slob, dirty, a liar, and very dishonest. Found out later no cooler or freezer. Took a couple deer there to try. When I went back I saw rats all over his shop through the window, disgusting. One rat eating right out of his burger grinder. Didn't see this when I dropped it off, some one was there. When I went to pick it up is when I saw the rats. I called him, he was drunk , told me they were 50.00 each and when I went to pick them up it was 85.00 each. Told him to stick them and I called the Game commission, the officer I spoke with told me he takes his deer there, I hung up. That place was the most disgusting shop I have ever been to.
    Another Pa shop needs a skinning lesson, lots and lots of meat left on the skin/cape and about 18 inches of neck/chest left on the deer hide if to be mounted and an additional 25.00 charge for that mess. Place was clean but they need to learn the trade. Also very expensive, $150.00 vacuum sealed.
    A down state De. butcher is another mess, dirt floors in a barn, Your cape is full of stones, dirt, grass, mud if it has rained, pretty messed up.The guy after 20 years still doesn't know how to skin. He does an ok job cutting but skinning is another story. He leaves so much meat on the hide that it's a joke, eatable meat. Charges 25.00 to cape for mount and leaves about 10/25 pounds of neck in cape, that is GOOD meat wasted.
    One more idiot off the top of my head is in Pa. another CLASS ACT BUTCHER, behind Walmart near Kennet Square, if you like hair in your meat he is your man. Works out of his garage, $125.00 but it is vacuum sealed complete with hair. His thing is you can wash it off before you cook it, WTF. He only has a refrigerator so you only have 24 hours to pick up or it's donated, that's his thing. He does the cleanest skin job I have seen though, does it with a winch from the ceiling, not one piece of meat on hide/skin, perfect job.
    Then you had one of the good guys, Charlie of Charlie Custom Cut's in Md. Cleanest shop around, I use to drive all the way down there for years, I liked Charlie. I didn't like the fancy foam trays he used for packing. Leaves too much air in the package so meat freezer burns fast, unless you eat it fast. It's a shame his shop is no more I was told.
    My butcher/ meat cutter off Rt 202 & Rt 1 does his skinning as fast as possible washes down the deer and right into the cooler to hang for a few days, hanging is a plus in my book. He charges $15.00 to cape and I see why. He cuts them all the way to the chin regularly, easy to skin on the skinning rack, if to be mounted he tubes it to the skull, gives you the entire hide so your taxidermist can choose the length of cape he needs, maybe longer for a pedestal mount or half body maybe. When there is twenty or more deer to be skinned and more coming in it takes longer to skin for a cape so $15.00 isn't bad at all specially in the condition it's in when the taxidermist gets it, clean, no cuts entire hide. He also skins them perfect with very little meat if any left on the hide. Then the 3 of them "all family" Cut/Wrap/Pack & bag each deer one at a time, never a mix-up or missing meat. Freezer paper is the real way next to vacuum sealing. They are as clean as possible, place gets washed down EVERY night after cutting all day. Two big coolers running 24/7 and a big freezer for finished meat. You can drop off any hour, security cameras & lights in place so no missing anything. They have all the processed meat available, balogna, ring bologna, sausage/italian/regular, Lebanon balogna, jerky. They have also been in business for over 60 years. They know how it's done.


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Sure glad my Dad taught me to process the deer myself. Just caped out my son's buck from youth day. When I see what these places charge to process a deer im literally in shock. I mean it's a deer not an 800 lb Angus steer.
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I'm not sure if your being sarcastic or what but , I feel it's ridiculous any butcher shop is going to charge you to give you back something that is already yours and something they have to do to cut your deer in the first place . Your deer must be skinned to get to the meat , the head must be cut off . It's a joke and some of you are letting them get away with it . I hear shops also charge you $50 to get it skinned for a mount , they are calling it caped out for a mount , guess what that's not caping it out . Caping it out is skinning it from the head , removing the hide from the skull and cutting the rack out, if that were the case then it's worth it but skinning the deer and leaving the hide intact is not caping and you should not be charged to get your head and hide back . If they were to charge anything it should be $8 and is what a deer hide is worth when the sell it to the furrier. It's ridiculous and you guys should boycott any shop doing that .



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Never had this problem at M&G. Jason is busy and it take a while but the convenience factor and competitive price make it a no brainer.



I'll second M & G.  This year was the first time I took a deer to a butcher and I was really pleased.  Nice people, took the time to answer my questions and I had a lot. I ended up getting the standard cuts and got one of the hams smoked and sliced.  The smoked ham was really good, ate it the other night with fired potatoes.  Cost wise they were acceptable to me, $70 for the processing and an additional 12 for the smoked ham.  I ended up getting just over 37# of meat from the doe I shot, so a little over $2/lb isn't bad in my book, not counting the smoked ham since I elected to do that as an extra.  My meat was ready for pick up in 10 days.   

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Never had this problem at M&G. Jason is busy and it take a while but the convenience factor and competitive price make it a no brainer.


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It was early muzzleloader and they were busy, but I said I wanted the head for euro.  One of the guys stopped skinning took his knife and in less than 30 seconds said...here you go have a nice day, and away I went. 


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I've been nothing but totally satisfied with Ray Hitchcock and the entire operation for many years !!! [thumb]
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M&G looks like a decent place but a little far since I am in Kingsville. 

I took my last two to Mike Kelly of Wildlife concepts.  It was during the warm spell we had a few weeks back and they had 24hr drop off so I needed to get it somewhere.  I was concerned because one was a large bodied buck and the other a small doe and I was not sure of the cost per.  

It was $95 each which was higher than I would like to pay.  It was ready in a week and they vacuum sealed everything and it is nicely labeled.  Kind of expected more meat from both but who knows.  

I have only butchered one deer myself with guidance and I would like to do it on the next one. 
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I have it pretty good with my local guy with what you guys are posting. He doesnt do the best at skinning if you want a mount, but hes a "butcher" and hes good at butchering the hide so Ive been told... $95 for butchering? $50 to remove the head? Lol.. I pay $50 total but Im a very very very frequent customer and I think he normally charges $60.
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I enjoy butchering my own deer, as long as it’s one. Anymore then it becomes work, but it’s nice to see what your cutting and packaging
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I just want to add, my butchering consists of tenderloins, preachers if it wasn’t gut shot and a few roasts. Everything else is grinds...........until my neighbor bought a smoker and we smoked a front shoulder. OMG, it was so good and tender.
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