I'M A BEGINNER NEVER MOUNTED A ANIMAL IN MY LIFE. BUT I HAVE 2 GREAT BUCKS I TOOK THIS FALL AND HAVE HAD IN THE FREEZER WHEN I GOT THE ONE OUT TO TAKE MEASUREMENTS FROM THE CAPE WAS ROLLED UP TO THE NECK I COULD NOT TAKE THE MEASUREMENTS OF THE NECK SO I'VE GOT IT OUT OF THE FREEZE TO LET IT THAW. WOULD YOU FREEZE IT BACK ON SKIN IT OUT. IF I SKIN IT WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH IT IN THE MEAN TIME OF WAITING ON THE MANNIKIN.
THIS MAYBE A CRAZY QUESTION TO SOME BUT I DON'T
UNDERSTAND ALOT OF THIS.I DO HAVE A DVD ON
TAXIDERMY BUT THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN ON IT. HA HA!
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While you have it out to thaw and take your measurements I would go ahead and cape it out, turn the ears, nose, and eyes and then you will be ok to refreeze. If you left enough neck meat in, take that measurement after you skin it out.
THANK YOU SWT I CUT THE NECK RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE SHOULDERS SO I HAVE ALOT OF NECK. I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF HIDE PASTE,DP,
HAIR LOSS,ROT STOP, JUST CHEMICALS IN MOUNTING A ANIMAL. WHATS THE BEST.
slow down a little. you have them in the freezer, so they can rest for a little bit.
you said in your first post that you have never mounted an animal in your life, so before you jump the gun, do a little research first.
i would say before you get started on the mounting, order a set of reference pics for the eyes / ears and nose (you can shortcut by going on line and looking for different pics etc.... )
get some other refernce material as well, the Breakthrough manuals have worked for me, and i would recommend getting one. they have step by step instructions with illustrations/pics to help you along.
also, i would suggest after looking at the manual, to make sure that you have all the tools you think that you will need assembled and ready before you start, becuase realizing halfway through the mounting process is a bad time to realize you forgot to get something.
once you get all the gear together, do your skinning out and measurement taking and return it to the freezer while you await delivery of your stuff.
you can order one of the various kits that are on the market, as they have the necessary materials for the mount. they are usually a complete one stop shop for the materials (not counting tools)
asking what is the best stuff to use on this forum will get you a bunch of different answers from experienced taxidermists (i am just starting) that have tried different methods / stuff for years to determine what works best for them. what works for them might not work for you, so keep that in mind.
the main thing to remember is that when you start your work, have all the items you are going to need ready and near at hand.
take your time.
remember, you first mount is your first mount. you will make mistakes, some of which you will nit realize until after you are done. take them as learning experiences, and then on your next mount, keep them in mind so you can avoid them.
if there is no time limit as to when you have to get it done (the great thing about doing your own mount) you can take time to read up on it, and game it out in your head how you want to proceed. if there are any shows or conventions near you in the near future, try to attend them, as they have seminars that could prove helpful, and the taxidermists that attend can help answer questions.
you say that you have a dvd on taxidermy, take a look thru the various catalogs, as there are numerous tapes, dvds and books that cover mounting. order one and watch it several times before you start.. it will help you get in the right frame of mind for your project.
take your time, and try to enjoy yourself as you work on your mount.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP. I HAVE TAKEN ALL MY MEASUREMENTS AND
HAVE SKINNED MY DEER. AND TO BE HONEST I WAS SURPRISED I TOOK MY TIME AND DONE A PRETTY GOOD JOB (WHICH I SKINNED OUT A FEW TO PRATICE ON IN THE PAST) I HAVE TAKEN YOUR ADVICE AND JUST GOING TO TAKE IT SLOW AND ENJOY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND AND RELAXING WORDS OF WISDOM. I HAVE NOT ORDERED A MANNIKIN YET BECAUSE MY DEER MEASURES
7 1/4 FROM NOSE TO EYE AND 22 1/2 AROUND THE NECK AREA AND SOME OF THE MANNIKINS I HAVE LOOKED AT DO NOT HAVE THIS MEASUREMENT CAN I DOWN SIZE MY NOSE TO EYE MEASUREMENT OR CAN I DOWN SIZE MY NECK MEASUREMENT AND STILL MAKE IT LOOK GOOD (MORE LESS CAN I SHAVE A TOUCH OFF MY MEASUREMENTS AND STILL GET A GOOD LOOKING MOUNT.