I use Galen Logan out of Gilmer. (903) 790-0577 https://www.facebook.com/Lifes-Pursuit-Outdoors-718318431556700/
After moving to East Texas, I took some time off from hunting while starting my business and building my home. Over the last couple of years I started looking around and was really disappointed in what I was seeing in my area. The most obvious was a lack of talent. Just because somebody calls themselves a taxidermist does not mean they can make a mount look lifelike. I also found that a lot of guys can do a decent job on a whitetail, but fail miserably on other species. If it's just a whitetail, you should be fine with half of them out there. Just be sure to look at their work. Are the eyes level and set the proper depth? Do the ears and nostrils have depth? Are the muscles natural looking or did the get carried away and make it look like it's on steroids? How natural do the antlers look? For some reason around here, they love to paint the antlers, which I hate.
If I like the way their mounts look, I ask where they get their hides tanned. If they say anything other then a commercial tannery, I walk. I will never consider having a mount done with anybody who does their own tanning. For me, it has to be at a commercial tannery!!!!!
Then I ask about forms and eyes. If it's a commercial brand, I'm good. IF they make their own forms, I walk away. I don't see too many guys making their own forms very often, but it was still pretty common back in the 90's.
If everything is good, then turn around time is secondary. I've gladly waited two years for mounts to come back from my guy back in CA because he was that good. Galen is a lot faster and is getting them out to me about one a month after they get back from the tannery. He sends all his hides to Golden State Tannery, which takes about six months or more to get back. Longer if you want a rug made because it's a more drawn out process.
There are two reasons for ugly mounts. The taxidermist doesn't have a clue, or he cut corners on tanning. I want my mounts to look fantastic for the rest of my life. It's why I have them mounted, so a little more money, or a little more time mean nothing to me in the grand scheme of things. Fortunately, Galen is fair in his pricing and his turn around is pretty good.