Every deer hunt has its’ story and some stories are simply more interesting than others. The story of a deer named Hurley is truly an amazing one when you consider it lasted over a period of 6 long years!
In my first post on this Blog (see Observations/Taxidermy-An Ideal and a Pledge) I mentioned how much taxidermy manikins have improved since the world of paper forms in the pre-midseventies era. Because those forms had no pre-set anything, the taxidermist was required to model the face pretty much from scratch, on every singe mount. It was a time-consumer and certainly made symmetry much more difficult. But my encouragement was that even though forms are much better today, it does not preclude the necessity of a taxidermist’s study of anatomy, in order to produce the best mount he can on every occasion. Every deer is different and on each mount you have to be able to deal with what you have to work with. And knowing what to do about each one of the scenarios that come up, will produce a better mount, every time.