This is my 5th whitetail, and my second customer mount. If it was ours I wouldn't care at all, but I'm worried that the damage that I have may cause me to have to remount the whole thing. Skinning and tanning went normally, washed and froze it after tanning, thawed and mounted. The lips were very thick (puffy with moisture) and such a pain to tuck that I finally just pinned like crazy. As I was grooming the hair a big spot wiped right off, and my stomach just dropped. I finished the job, I didn't quit, but I did need a break to call a taxidermy buddy to (almost) cry on his shoulder. He has plenty of capes if I need to remount this, but I am quite happy with how it turned out. I want to know what I can do, what would you do, with that lip? I do have the hunk of hair, what good that will do me I don't know. This thing qualifies as a giant squirrel for all the heck it has put me through! The customer did the cutting and when I got it the skull was in, not an inch of neck to try to measure, just the skull! ok, well I measured fine and the hide came together perfectly around the neck for the prefit, but it was a full blown battle to sew the entire length of the back (yup, cut allllll the way down). Ok, I can sew, I dealt wtih it. I did a lot of shimmying of the hide to have enough to cover the back, then the brisket was, well, laughable. The legs were cut off and the brisket was split, and when I finally got things where they are I literally didn't have enough skin in places to wrap around the form! Lots of pins, lots of pins. So I would really rather not have to tear this all apart and start over, if at all possible...? It's a learning experience, every one of them is, and that's good to get a less than perfect cape, I know... all I can say is that I really hope my coyote goes together better than this did! lol! Here's a quick shot of him from the front. Yes I realize that the ear butts are way below the bottom of the eye... with all the pulling and moving that I did I'm surprised that the ears are even on the head! lol!