So this is Bob. I got him today from Ebay as shop cleanout ready-to-rug coyote, and every piece of that ensemble had Bob written on it in pen. He is tanned and flexible, and his fur is "alright". Not quite premium but certainly not terrible either.
So my somewhat long-winded question to all dA taxidermists is:
Due to money and time constraints, I usually don't get too many cheap critters that aren't tanned explicitly for traditional taxidermy mounts. I was considering either rugging or plushing him. However, this isn't a simple "which should I do to this single critter" question: I'm curious as to which method will be more valuable in the long run, and I do intend to try both in the future. I have completed traditional pedestal mounts and lifesizes so I have a good grasp on the process, and if this coyote was prepared in a different way I probably would have made a traditional lifesize.
So which method sells more readily for coyote? Obviously my first rug or plush isn't going to be awesome but lets assume this is the first in a series leading to something sellable. I just find it hard to imagine there is a decent market for coyote rugs, and clearly there's a level of skill necessary before soft mounts are marketable either, but maybe you know better. If this was YOUR coyote, what would you do and WHY? It's really the 'why' that I'm curious about here. And for anyone who is just a fan and doesn't do taxidermy, would you be more likely to buy a coyote rug or plush, and why?
And of course, there's a good reason I'm asking here instead of taxi.net where plushies are teh evulz.
and if for whatever reason you don't want your answer public, note me instead.
EDIT: I have decided based on many responses that Rug would be the best method for Bob. After some work on him today I think he definitely is not ideal for a soft mount. In the future I'd like to do a soft mount and I welcome any opinions, suggestions or recommendations.