Folks in Alaska often complain about the time it takes to get mounts done. Sometimes (if the mount takes more than 12-14 months) this is a valid complaint. I would like to perhaps shed some light on one reason why most taxidermists up here do not have a less than 8 month turn around time. It generally (not always) boils down to one word....Tanning.
Every skin that is going to be made into a mount has to be tanned. A taxidermist can either do the tanning themselves (a process meant for shops with more than one employee), OR they have to send the hides to be tanned at a professional tannery. In the lower 48 - this is not a huge problem, but for Alaska Taxidermists it can be.
Alaska has one 'major' tannery, capable of handling a large number of skins - at least I think they are still in business. Yes, there are a few taxidermists who offer in house tanning - PRO Taxidermy is one of those - for their own customers. However, a majority of taxidermists must ship ALL their skins OUTSIDE to be tanned - and this is most commonly done by freight truck in 3-4 batches a yr to try to keep expenses down. Time wise, this adds about 6-8 weeks to the length of time a mount can be completed. Add that to the 4-8 month time the hides are actually at the tannery and you have hides unavailable to mount for about 6 months or more.
So, that mount that takes 12 months to complete...actually REALLY only took 6 months!
Just an FYI - not an excuse by any means - because if your taxidermist tells you they have a 12 month turn around, then they SHOULD have a 12 month turn around.