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Ear Butt Reference Casts?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by 1fish2fish, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

    I'm not a deer guy, but wanted to get some good whitetail ear-butt reference casts for a young taxidermist just getting a start. I've looked around some and it looks to me that Mckenzie sells the Cary Cochran cast made originally for Buckeye, and am guessing this cast is probably the best one for ears back. (http://www.mckenziesp.com/Search.aspx?k=Earbutt+reference). I don't see a similar forward ear-butt cast from them, but found the Joe Coombs Earbutt Studies and they look good to me (http://www.joecoombs.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=69_117&products_id=2525).

    Are there any superior options I'm missing? Also, I saw the Nicky Bonura Ear-butts and was wondering why the forward butt seems to have so much more musculature forward of where the ear liner would go than the Coombs study cast; any thoughts? (http://www.jimallred.com/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=38&Manufacturer=2)

    Again, please excuse my ignorance with deer, and I appreciate any help.

    Best, Scott
  2. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Well-Known Member

    Earbutt casts are a tricky topic, as youre casting from a dead speciman, and many casts have been reworked...which means its an artists interpretation. In my classes I have always taught that a dead head in the freezer is good, as its the real thing...but...you must coordinate with good LIVE picture reference to pose the dead heads ears. Between the two, youll see more accuracy...in 3D. BTW, I also own the Cochran study cast.

  3. Matuska just came out with some casts by Mark Gonnering. Some of the better ones out there as far as I can tell.
  4. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    Mark's from Matuska are nice, and he has forward and back, left and right.
  5. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

    Thanks for responding gents. Some good advice Bill, I'll be sure to pass it on. With regards to the Matuska casts, I must have overlooked them. When I checked online I only came up with a whitetail nose reference cast under the reference casts section. I'm on the road and will check again when I get home.
    Best, Scott
  6. KatieC

    KatieC Active Member

    Contact Matuska about their ear butt casts, they may not have them up on the website yet. I had to call and request some.
  7. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

    Thanks Katie,
    I wrote them, as I couldn't find them on the website. Mandy wrote back very quickly and informed me they are redoing their website and the casts aren't currently listed, but are available under item #190105 for $55.95 for a pair, one forward and one back. I didnt get a picture of them, but am going to order a set based on the recommendations. Might pick up the Cochran cast too. Thanks again everyone, I think think this will really help this young taxi out.
  8. ljones

    ljones 1994 wasco award winner

    here is a tool that will take the guess work out of ear butt shape on your mounts