I use earliners on my deer but the butts don't seem to angle the ears forward enough. They seem to stick out more to the side. Should I trim the front part of the butt to give me the angle?
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I previously had the same problem. I am now using liners without
butts. If you build the ear butts out of clay or other similar
material, you also have more flexibility in positioning the ears.
Let me know if I can be of further help.
Even without ear butts you should dig a hole in the mannikin for the bottom of the ear canal to rotate in fill your clay for smooth transition to your ear and room to adjust your ear to what position you desire using reference. Even without earbutts you should trim some of the mannikin off to lay the ear back properly. Hope this helps.
Check your reference photos. Deer can't pull their ears very far forward! I'd guess your earbutts are probbably closer to correct than you will be if you try to get them further forward. rwl
I have studied my references as much as I can and have photographic proof that a whitetail deer can rotate its ears from as far forward that the ear tips are inline with the front corner of the eyes to as far back that they nearly touch behind the head(lay down very close to the neck)
But to the first post ,trim your earbutts so that it gives a natural appearance. I usually assemble the whole mannikin with eyes,ears and antlers in place and make sure that it gives the correct appearance.
i agree with greg the epplly earliners with no butts work great i use a spade bit and drill out the mannikin were the ears go fill with clay then blend the earbutts to the mannikin that locks everything in place