Short Mule Deer Ears

Submitted by Derek on 4/2/05 at 10:49 PM. ( )

Has anyone seen this? Today I was working on putting earliners in a muledeer,(Research#104lrg)when I test fitted them I noticed that the liner was to long. About 1" past the bottom notch. I then tried #103med liners and had similar results aprox 1/2" long. The width on the #104 needed a slight trim to insure a good lose fit.Where as the #103 were to lose. What should I do,as I've only ever had to just trim for width to get a good fit? I'm thinking,(my wife hates when I do that)I should trim the #104s all around until thay fit.Would this be a good remedy to my earliner problem? Does anybody have any other suggestions that may help.

Thanks, Derek

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This response submitted by Jim B on 4/3/05 at 12:14 AM. ( )

Trim the 104's to fit.I usually use the ear cartilage as a pattern.I seem to run into 2 different size mule deer ears-ones that fit the liners and another size that are about 1 inch shorter.If you don't have the cartilage,you can eyeball it and try it in the ear.

They vary...

This response submitted by Drew on 4/3/05 at 12:16 AM. ( )

Trim the 104's all the way around, just make sure you don't have to trim so much that the earliner looses its flat edges and doesn't cup the ear too much. Did you save the cartilage? You should just trace the cartilage and trim accordingly.

I wish I had of....

This response submitted by Derek on 4/3/05 at 12:38 AM. ( )

No I don't have the cartilage,as I fleshed and tanned the hide two months ago. I'm just going to have to pay more attention to this area of my work.Thanks Jim and Drew for your response.Keep them comming guys and gals.

Could this be from the...

This response submitted by Craig on 4/3/05 at 10:13 AM. ( )

mule deer- whitetail deer cross breeding? I know it affects the antler growth and shape.


This response submitted by Jimmy on 4/3/05 at 12:55 PM. ( )

trim the 04's for a loose fit and don't be afraid to use a little heat from a lighter/pocket torch to regain the proper shape of the edge if you had to trim it off. heat, bend, dip in water to set. Pay attention to the start of the belly, from the apex towards the tip along the bottom edge. The 104 will do a better job of fitting this area than the 03's, hence the reason for using them. Good luck and get a adequate ear butt underneath them, just like your reference shows you.

Desert Muley?

This response submitted by Hip-O Taxidermy on 4/3/05 at 1:19 PM. ( )

If it's a desert muley their ears can be quite a bit shorter than the northern's the primary deer in our area of TX. Also quite a few in New Mexico, AZ and Old Mexico.

Thanks for input.

This response submitted by Derek on 4/3/05 at 2:25 PM. ( )

Thanks everyone for your input.This mulie is from Saskatchewan.I thought about the hybrid possibility and tried a McKenzie liner too. It was to small of course. Looks like I'll be making costom liners out of #104s.

Thanks again,Derek

Every mulie differs...

This response submitted by Drew on 4/4/05 at 12:32 AM. ( )

I have found that there is no rhyme nor reason for mulie ear size. The worst is when you have to mount a smaller racked deer with huge ears, that is all you see is gigantic ears. I like the earliners from Jonas, but if you have one with small ears they probably won't work.

There Done

This response submitted by Derek on 4/4/05 at 1:32 AM. ( )

No worry there done.I took my time and trimed the #104s to fit. This is the first time I had to adjust ear liners for length,usually it's the width that needs adjusting. Oh well! Thanks again to everyone who took the time to respond to my question.

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