i am about to mount my first axis buck and was wondering if the antler burrs are flush with the skull like a whitetail or elevated like some exotics?
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Trust the skull. Remember the hide sets on the bone and you can't compact the bone to accomodate the hide.
Speaking from experience with Axis. You need to shave the neck area very thin in the Axis Deer. Some of these fallas can have skin up to 1/2" thick. If you don't shave it thin enough it will rot after time. We didn't exactly believe it at first until we had it happen to us. So just passing along some very important info.
John, I noticed right away the thickness of the skin and have shaved and shaved and shaved some more on this thing. I did not realize prior to getting this thing that the back of neck was so thick.
if this is your first one you might want to get a good video or two
iknow WASCO has one and i think reinharts carrys one
also try and locate a few referance pictures
the tear ducts are a lot deeper thn whitetail