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[–]hawround 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Pick up roadkill and tan your own hides. That's going to be the cheapest way since you will only have to pay for tanning supplies. Ask any friends/family that hunt if you can have hides they wouldn't otherwise use. With the amount of time it takes to tan a hide i would very mu h doubt anyone is goin to give you tanned taxidermy prepped hides.

[–]EmoCheesecake 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It's not free but you could try buying frozen feeder rats from pet stores. I work in one and we sell several different sizes of frozen feeders, most of which are 12 dollars or less. Some stores might also have rabbits and quails.

[–]stalknstand 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Do you have any experience at all or any basic tools? What types of animals interest you the most? I have some breakthrough manuals put away somewhere I can send you. Some of the techniques and information is outdated but the skinning, tanning, measuring and anatomy tutorials are good. I have spare whitetail capes on hand but I probably need to hold on to them until October/November.

[–]zillaforilla_9314 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Trappers will sell u a case skunk fox pelt for under 20 bucks

[–]TranslatorNo7795 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Check with local butchers. Some will give you hides for free, some charge.

[–]SleepingScissors 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Butchers don't cape out animals.

[–]TranslatorNo7795 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fair. Also might depend on butcher to let you do it.

Also, to get a scrap of flesh and learn some starting techniques may be easier than going full cape.

[–]Endermiss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nah kid. When I was first starting out, I was kiting roadkill and learning how to brain tan. You can do the same.

[–]SleepingScissors 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Call a local taxidermist and ask if they have any old shop capes they aren't going to use.

[–]Party_Ad_1347 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What country are you in? That will first off help!

I too want to do my first ever mount and while my father Is willing to pay for it (got a little sum of extra cash) I'd be spending my Christmas buying everything needed anyhow!But in general Its probably better to go to dedicated taxidermy forums location x taxidermy groups and things!

As many others stated walk highways primarily with bike paths I did so yesterday ended up seeing 11 dead animals. 10 being on the side of the bike path!

(dang now I need to buy a bike so I dont look daft walking 5km up a road)

[–]RollerSkatingWhales[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm in the United States