I have a 29" mule deer rack, I am wanting to mount on an early-season/short-haired cape. My question is, how much roughly can a neck size vary between a deer in the summer vs winter? I have the chance to buy an 18" cape killed in late summer, but am thinking the neck size may be out of porportion to the rack. Thanks in advance
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in late summer their necks are pencil thin.
I always read about these gigantic capes people get, but almost every mature mulie I get here in Colorado is right around 20-21" during rifle season. So I am guessing the 18" is probably about right for early season. On a replacement cape, it really depends on the spacing between the burrs, and the diameter of the burrs. If that cape came off a dinky rack, it probably won't reach around your rack.