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1st. Whitetail Shoulder Mount

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by K.N Fish Taxidermy, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Here is my first deer mount. I have only done fish so far and finally got around to doing my brothers bow killed 5 point. His first deer killed and my first attempt at a whitetail mount. Its mounted on a 4600 series full sneak form. I used Joe Meder's new Liqued Lens eyes, Brad Eppley's McKenzie Earliners and Butts. I used Buckeye Supreme hide paste and used critter clay for the clay work. Its on day 2 of drying. I have not bought Rick Carters A to Z Whitetail dvd yet but will in a little while. Just didn't have any money to get it. I still have some things I would do different next time. I hope it doesn't look to bad. Please feel free to give me any advice and critiques are welcome!

    Thanks for looking. :)

    Kenneth Newton
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  2. B Jones

    B Jones Memeber of - NTA,UTA,AIT.Proud Member of NZTA.

    Not bad for your first deer ever, you used a decent hide paste and if you prepped the hide correctly, you could ditch the pins. It looks like you have some skills, did you tan or use dry preserve. Not that I care, it works. It just appears that way around the eyes.
     

  3. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    I used Krowtann. I bought a Dakota IV fleshing machine off of Craiglist for $125 bucks. Bought a new blade and was able to use it for the first time on this deer. It's was all fun until I nicked my palm of my hand with it lol!

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  4. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Oh Ken, Ken ,Ken, what a huge difference your brothers first mount would have been if you would have boughten Ricks dvd. I hope that you indeed follow through on buying it. There is a big difference in knowing and guessing. It looks to me that the eye lids were not split open and cleaned all of the way, the meder eyes don't do anything when the eye shape is incorrect. I just know with the skills you have the deer would have had a better chance with a little homework. I am sure your brother will like it.
     
  5. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Here is a photo of one of the eyes that I split the hair follicles. I made sure I did not miss this step. If I would have gone any farther I would have cut through.
    Low T, I have some money coming in so I am going make it a priority to get the dvd. Also thanks for the advice! :)
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  6. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Ok, got me there, the white fat tubes need to be scooped out, did you skim them off the lids, or just split them?
     
  7. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Just split them. I thought the tan would penetrate the follicles. Thanks for the tip! I will make sure to scoop them out next time.

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  8. davehyer

    davehyer Active Member

    Everything looks good but the eyes, you need some good ref pics so you can see what's wrong.
     
  9. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Thanks Dave for the advice. I will focus more on the eyes. I will get some more reference. I was actually following an artical in breakthrough. I was trying to get the relaxed look. Not wide open.
    Thanks again!

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  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Your eyes are a lot better than most firsts I see on here even though they need more work. The antler set is what bugs me about it as they seem to be tilted forward too far. And yes, lose the pins.
     
  11. T, where the hell did you pull that word out of? LOL
     
  12. That just gave me the best giggle of the day! Hahaha
     
  13. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Lol! Thanks guys for the all the help!

    Ken

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  14. verne

    verne Well-Known Member

    Too me looks like way to much clay was used around the eye`s ; witch gives it a bug eyed look. :) or maybe to much clay under the eye when you set them .
     
  15. tomdes

    tomdes Me my dear and Fall BAZZ!!!

    That's Low-T's hooked on phonics.. :D
     
  16. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Here are some more photos of the eyes.
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  17. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    There is more clay under the left eye verses the right eye. I have to ask about the relaxed eyes on a full sneak. Do you have reference showing this? I don't. When I picture a deer in a full sneak, I see him wide awake and evading someone or something. I don't mean deer in the headlights look but not laying in the shade chewing his cud either. A tad more alert than you have would suit me. Tuck those pre-orbitals hair to hair.
     
  18. Brian W

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    Just a fish guy but looks pretty good for a first....I hope you also mounted the Porkey that nailed him..... ;D
     
  19. RICKP

    RICKP Let'er Buck

    Very nice..
    My 2cents would say, on the eye's adjust the lids so the lashes lay proper. Looks kind of like they are laying out and back.
    Also, you have the hair all combed straight back nice and pretty,,,, should "uncombed" lying down, not back.

    Great job, keep going.
     
  20. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Thanks so much guys! I will take all you said and will apply them on my next one! I will post photos when its finished! How long does it usually take until its completely dry? Also will it damage anything if I were to dehydrate the eyes? They are already really hard and dry. Brian LoL!

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