This is the first year I've done my own since I had to boil the heads before leaving Colorado and Kansas to keep in compliance with the law. I didn't really know what I was doing and ended up with a less than stellar turnout.
You all must have a lot more patience than I do or have an easier way of doing it because I'll gladly pay the $95 to my beetle guy to do this for me. I still need to touch up the antlers where they got whitened but holy crap, talk about a process...
Be gentle on yourself. They look good for a first time. They will look even better when you touch them up.
When we dropped our deer at our local taxidermist this year he had a few elk and whitetail that he had just received back from his bug guy. I have to admit they were perfect! I didn’t get around to asking how much but I have always done my own.
Definitely time consuming but I have to say there is something to be said for DIY. I feel like it is a part of winding up a hunt (like doing ones own meat cutting). I have done a few for friends and have an elk, a moose and a muley on display. It’s also gratifying when asked who did them for me.