Please Critique My Whitetail Mount

Submitted by mrcobaltblue on 9/17/04 at 12:03 AM. ( Look in the post )

Hello Everyone,

I would appreciate it if some of you would take the time to look at
and judge my most recent mount. This is only the third one I have done.
I did it for a friend of mine and he was very please with it. So....
fire away with pointers, critiques, etc.

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Thanks, mrcobaltblue

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excellent for 3rd deer

This response submitted by terryr on 9/17/04 at 12:28 AM. ( )


Good job!

This response submitted by justmyopinion on 9/17/04 at 2:21 AM. ( )

Looks pretty good!

Earbutts could use a little work; try for a smoother junction where clay meets bondo,and better muscle tone.

Try tightening up your bottom lip a little,not saying yours is wrong,but usually a deers' lip shows no more than the width of the nose pad where they meet. (deer should not be smiling or pouting)
not that yours is but a heads up anyway.

Eyes look o.k.: invest in a paint schedule and practicepracticepractice

Nose ain't bad: could be tucked a little better. A lot of the hair that is outside the nostril should be inside the nostril.

Overall looks pretty darned good for your 3rd one! NEVER BE SATISFIED,ALWAYS STRIVE TO GET BETTER AND LEARN MORE!
Hope this helps you out a little.

I screwed up on the email address

This response submitted by mrcobaltblue on 9/17/04 at 8:58 AM. ( It really is in this post )

Sorry for making a mistake on my email address. It should be -

Thanks, Mark

good job!

This response submitted by Joe V. on 9/17/04 at 10:59 AM. ( )

I am fare from an expert but I will give it a shot.

Pupil looks to be strait instead of at an angle. The front of the Pupil should be about an 1/8 inch above the front corner of the eye.

Eyebrows could use a little more clay. What form did you use?

The ears look like you did not get all the way to the edges. Once again you where close

The seam. Tap it down with a hammer and use a little hair gel or hair spray and you will not see it at all. For now on go with a short Y incision. I have since stopped the Y incision all together. I go with a V incision for the top of the head and chisel the skull out. NO MORE LONG SEAM!

Tear duct. It should be hair to hair but your was pretty close.

Bottom lip as a rule of thumb should only show as wide as the bottom of nose pad.

All in all I would say it is a good commercial mount. I am not sure what hide paste you are using but I would suggest Epo-Grip for the face of your deer. The ducts will not pull apart anymore. If this was only your 3rd deer you are going to make a hell of a taxidermist by your 10th one!

Joe V. my thoughts exactly

This response submitted by MichelleW on 9/17/04 at 11:45 AM. ( )

Joe V. my thoughts exactly. You saved me some typing.

Mr. Coblatblue,

For a third deer you did very well. Very minor mistakes. Just concentrate on Joe's suggestions and your deer will be excellent. Please tell me what form you used? I don't think it was a McKenzie form but I have been know to be wrong in the past, LOL. If it's not than next time you mount a deer. Try a McKenzie form in my opinion they are the best.

Also did you tan this cape or use Dry Preserve? Just curious! Best of LUCK!


Join your local Taxidermy Association

This response submitted by Shann on 9/18/04 at 12:16 AM. ( )

Very good job for your 3rd mount! If your not a member of your local taxidermy association I would highly suggest it. You will learn more from one show then years or mounting. Enter a mount in the show and have it critique by a judge.
Best of luck!

Shann D.


This response submitted by Drew on 9/18/04 at 2:33 PM. ( )

I think you did a good job for your third mount.

Here is what I think needs work:

1. The bottom lip needs to be tucked in more. Like was said before, you only want the lip to show the same width as the narrow bottom part of the nose directly above it.

2. The nose section of the form appears to be a little wide for the deers nose. You want the nose pad to be closer to the edges of the nostrils.

3. The texture of the nose is off. An easy way to build up the bumps is to take a small paint brush, or toothpick and just put a small drop of Mod Podge on each natural bump on the nose pad. Only put the drops on the naturally occuring bumps. It won't look like much texture, but once you paint it, it really stands out. If you used a Dandy-noser, then throw it in the trash.

I think you should buy the video from McKenzie, "Whitetail Mounting Basics" with Dennis Behn. It really is a good video and you will learn a lot about eye shape, etc.

My Advice

This response submitted by Mike on 9/20/04 at 1:13 PM. ( )

The ears look a little thick in spots and ragged around the edges. The nostrals were not tucked in far enough. Could use a better paint job aound the eyes, nostrals and lips. The face looks a little bumpy, which indicates a smoother fleshing/thinning job was needed. vOverall though, it's far better than the average commercial work being done around my area. There's one guy in my neck of the woods that charges over $500 for a deer head, takes over two years to get them done, and they don't look as good as yours.

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