I really don’t give 2 craps about bass so I don’t follow regs on them and he did say they are out of season! But as far as a replica it is double the cost for a mount i believe if you buy a license you can do whatever you want with the fish you catch
Not knowing is not good enough. Even if you don’t know the regs, that doesn’t give you a free pass. Bass season is currently closed for any harvest until May 27, and there are special regulations on Mille Lacs for pretty much every species. If I had caught a 20 inch walleye and wanted to keep it without knowing what the harvest slot was, I don’t think anyone would give me a free pass either. Nor would I expect one, or complain about it.
As far as the replica, yes, they cost more. But they look much better and they last much longer. I have both a skin mount and a replica hanging on my wall and I can say with 100% positivity that the graphite replica blows the skin mount away in terms of quality and appearance. The only reason I have a skin mount is because the fish died and at the time it was a PB, otherwise I would never do a skin mount again.