I have taken in a few deer to mount for friends this year, and they all have rubbed the hair off to some degree in the armpit and brisket area. The hair is still there, but the hairs are broken off and thinned out. Some of the areas are too large to cut out and sew up. My question is, do you cut these out and patch them, or leave them as "character marks"? Some are as much as 3 inches wide and 5 to 6 inches long. I want to fix them, but I am not sure of what is the best method.
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It's a lot to take out, and make look good.
you can't unwrap the darn things to see the damage.
If I get em fresh, thats one of the first places I'll look because they are notorious for having bare spots, and I'll point it out to the customer and document it also.
It's also seems they get worse later in the season.
If the spot isn't too big, I'll cut it out and sew it back together as long as it doesn't mess up the hair pattern.
I've also misted them lightly with some paint, which doesn't magically add hair, but tones it down a little so it's not a glaring white spot.
......A number of them a year ago, without exception the briskets were full of ticks. There's not much you can do if the damage is extensive. Just make the customer aware of the problems before porceeding.