Just trying to decide what to do with my 8pt - I'd like to hear from professionals what's the best looking pose out there and what brand of mannekins are they using. So far, I like the proud upright by rinehart and the full sneak. Opinions?
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An upright looks like I feel during a proctology exam. When you see a deer in this position, it's full alert and spring loaded. The full sneak drops the antlers down where they lose their "regal" effect. I prefer the semi-sneak forms simply because the neck muscles are relaxed and look "brutish". And because I prefer that look, I prefer the McKenzie 6500 series. I get the antlers displayed, the neck full rutted and the relaxed look I appreciate in the huge whitetails.
I'll never get use to saying that? I like the 6500 semi-sneak also.
But this past season I had to do 2 Of the McKenzie 64D mounts, and really like the way the show the rack off, because the head is tilted down.
I agree, McKenzies 6500 have the best necks and the new McKenzie HD series is a winner also, I would try either. --Dean--
I use Rinehart forms almost exclusivly these days. I think they look great and save me time when mounting. The alert sneak is the most popular pose my customers choose and is probably my favorite too. The full sneak is really low. I have one in my studio on display and so far only one customer has chose that one. I also have a proud pose displayed in my studio that I mounted last year and not one person has picked that one yet. I'd say about 25% of my customers pick the alert sneak, 20% pick the upright and 20% pick the offset upright, which is also a good looking pose. Rineharts upright pose is very relaxed looking with the nose tipped down lower than the offset upright which is more alert.
As George said, the upright is to hyperactive looking, I to go for the relaxed pose of the semi-sneak. This year, my customers are picking the semi upright most of the time. I do not mind them too much, and the full sneak needs to have the right antlers to come off right.
90% of my customers choose this form.
for just about all the reasons George said
this pose and brand really make the neck look bigger and we all know
that will please most customers
Try one see if you like it... 90% of my customers ask for semi-sneak.
I try to stay away from Rinehart forms. I think they lack detail and the brisket area always seems off to me. they may seem easier to mount because of their preset eyes but i don't think the eyes end up looking right either unless you do some rebuilding yourself. McKenzie's and Joe Meder forms tend to be the most popular and that's because they have the better detail and structure that others lack. as far as the poses i think it's actually up to you. look at some photos of mounts that are done on the forms and pick one that you like. don't go with what others seem to prefer. its your mount not theirs. what was the deer doing when you shot it? that's how a lot of my customers decide what mount to use.
even wall pedestals, but i guess that's just cause i don't get to do alot of those
I agree with JT, Rinehart is very limited to the amount of poses to pick from. I like something with more variety. Also my customers usually end up picking a form by the way it was before it was harvested. I like to use Joe Coombs and McKenzie, both have amazing detail. Just my 2 cents.
I've got McKenzie and Medar forms in some of my studio deer head mounts. I also have Rinehart mounts. I have 16 mounts in total in my studio that represent all kinds of different poses. My customers always choose the Rinehart ones for their deer heads becasue they like the way they look. That being said; the customer is always right. I'll agree that the Rinehart forms lack certain sizes and poses like they don't have a right turn alert sneak rut manikin, when they have a left turn one of the same style. Basically, there have been no new forms added to the Rinehart line since McKinzie bought them and for that I will blame McKinzie for their lack of development in that line.
I agree with EJ. I realy like the Semi-Sneek 64D Head down from McKenzie. It realy shows off the antlers and it is kinda an agressive pose. This is the mount I recomend at my shop.. It also is totaly up to the customer. I never try and push anything on anyone.
You are a trip!
6500 75% of my work, George no what he's talking about.