I'm trying the pre-rotated eyes for the first time. I normally use the all brown eyes on whitetail. I have only done a few deer. Please excuse my ignorance, but does the white part of the eye go to the back on both eyes?, or white in front on one and in back on the other?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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On the majority of standard shoulder mounts the white will go to the rear, but there can be some exceptions due to the attitude and the deers focal point.
LOl that is funny, i just did my first one a month ago and had the same dillema. It looked like the white went forward with the cape off but once i got the cape on i realised the white goes in the back unless you were doing a Flehmin mount. i painted the white out to make it look right since i had it wrong. I dont think they are worth the time anymore unless it was a competition type of mount.
The white goes with the direction you want the deer to look, if you want the deer looking his left place the white in the tear duct side on the left eye and in the back on the right eye. its for directional
purposes, it goes with left turn mounts, then i get regular brown eyes for sraight looking mounts.
No doubt someone is going to take offense at this but pre-rotated eyes are designed to be looking one way or the other, hence "pre-rotate". In taxidermy, an eye rotation implies that the animal is looking someplace other than where it's pointed. If you want the deer to look straight ahead, you're going to have to stick with the production eyes or the more expensive white banded eyes. The IQ and the Joe Meder eyes are for straight ahead (though even they can be "rotated" to some degree). With the pre-rotated eye, the eye on the off side has the white in the rear, while the eye on the objective side has the white in front.
I typed my reply in and then got called to the phone. When I came back I sent it and then checked to make sure it came through. Didn't mean to "step" on you.
Hate to say it, but I have used the pre-rotated and did not like them. I think the plain brown eyes look best for most situations. maybe for competition they are what you need, but for a standard mount, I think the white band is too extreme and makes them look scared.
Stand someone in front of you, look at their eyes, and tell them to look sideways without moving their head. Geo said it right! Nexxxxxxt! Have Fun! Jeff F.
Drew, look at your reference pictures. If your deer look "scared" with white banded eyes, you've exposed too much white.
You've got to remember the point of a pre rotated eye is so you don't have to take a white banded eye and try to rotate it. There is no "correct" way to install them. The way theyre installed will depend on the attitude of the deer and the direction of his gaze (where he is looking). When I started out I used pre-rotated eyes, I've since moved on to Eppley tru-eyes. If you really want to rotate an eye that's they eye to go with. Also, considering how inexpensive the tru-eyes are how can you go wrong.