Do any of you still use dry preserve for sholder mount deer?
I met an old taxidermist who says he's been doing like that for 20 years. What would the comparision be D.P vs sending to the tannery for 35 to 40 dollars. I'm curious more than anything
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After people read this I'm sure I'll get an ear full, but here it goes. Do it the right way, send it in to be TANNED, or TAN it yourself. I feel those using dry preservative on large animals do it to get a little more cash in their pocket, and don't care how the mount will look in a few years.(take the money and run, I may not be in business when the mount falls apart attitude) With all the modern technology out there I can't believe people still want to use it on deer capes. I get 2-3 but as high as 6 deer head remounts in every year that were mounted by other taxidermists in the area. They are cracked and hair falling out. These mounts are only 2-3 years old and they look like there 90. All done with dry preservative. I have an old novelty deer head hanging in my shop that is 102 years old that is in better condition than the dry preserve mounts. I should call the taxidermists up and thank them for the work. I get the sale plus the price of a new cape and a new customer. The problem is the customer gets educated the hard way. Keep up with the times. If you ask me dry preservative went out with paper forms.
Using DP vs Tanning is totally up to you. It all depends on how well
you get your capes fleshed.Weve used DP for 30 years and never had a problem.Capes like Dean talks about werent fleshed good enough and thats the result you get.Weve seen capes that are tanned, that are
cracked and split also. It all depends on the quality of the mount..