Big deer heads

Submitted by Jeff F. on 4/1/06 at 2:06 PM. ( NaturesTrophies@aol )

It seems my usual suppliers deer heads have gotten smaller or something and it's been causing me some extra work getting things lined up. I'm also not as happy as I could be with ear placement as a result. I believe I heard that Ben Mears forms are a little bigger in the head region. Is this correct and is there another form someone might recommend? I am learning to take better measurements before caping so I can predict these things. Guess I should have taken better notes in Rick Carters seminar but his measuring system was very intricate. Peace. Jeff F.

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Hilton Eppley Forms

This response submitted by Matt on 4/1/06 at 8:44 PM. ( )

That's one you will not be disappointed in. Just try one, if you don't like it, move on.


This response submitted by Justin Best on 4/1/06 at 11:42 PM. ( )

Jeff, I just mounted a northern Wi whitetail on a Mears form today, and I also had extra skin in the face.
I believe it's my own fault though, since he sells a line of forms for big headed deer, and I didn't get that particular line.
If you get a Mears, you need the SUO line (semi upright offset), which are supposed to have a bigger head, and bigger shoulders for a better fit on northern deer.
I will try one on my next mount, since other than a little extra in the face, and having a difficult time getting the ears aligned, the mount looks great now that it's done.


This response submitted by Jeff F. on 4/2/06 at 1:22 AM. ( )

For the record...The one drying now is on one of Hilton's. Very nice form, but still a lot of work to make things "work". My best mount yet but I still had to do a lot to make it happen. I'm not the master but far beyond "The Rookie". Peace.

I wondered if there was...

This response submitted by Chad on 4/2/06 at 10:26 PM. ( )

... a difference in forms. I have used only rinehart with preset eyes. I have a WT that measures 7 1/2 x 15 where in the world will I find a form to fit that? Also which catolog carries the hilton forms.

Preset eyes?

This response submitted by Jeff F. on 4/3/06 at 12:02 AM. ( )

Why cheat yourself? And your customer for that matter. Hilton's forms can be found at

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