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Do I Do It or Do I not Do it?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by BossHog, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. I'm one to get sentimentally attached to things....this mount has a story behind it, and I would leave it the way it is. Like others have said, you can look at it and see how far this industry has come. I personally would look at that thing everyday and smile. I vote leave it as is! Don't do it!
  2. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    DON"T TOUCH IT. You will regret it if you do. If you redo it, it becomes just a set of antlers. The story will be lost.

  3. HAPP

    HAPP Active Member

    I also say "DON'T TOUCH IT" I have my son's first buck he harvested and the first deer I ever mounted, hanging in the workshop. I look at it every day for inspiration as to where I started. And think of the day he shot it, as it was his first time going to that stand alone. I no more than got to my stand and heard a shot, I was afraid he had an accident, so off I went, and there he was...already gutting his buck.
  4. arby

    arby Member

    Leave it alone.
  5. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    I also vote leave it alone. The memories of your dad are part of that mount; and that is priceless and not worth destroying for any reason.
  6. gab

    gab Active Member

  7. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    I think you have your answer.
  8. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Just refurbish it by giving it a thorough cleaning, repairing all the damage and refinishing it. I do a lot of those jobs and the customers are happy with the results when they see their old mount with a new jazzed up look. Keep it out of your studio though so your customers can't see it. You can always remount it later.
  9. lorefuma

    lorefuma Member

  10. Bone_thief

    Bone_thief New Member

    I tend to lean toward the leave it alone crowd but just as another option you could take a really nice picture of the mount, print it out 8x10 and frame it, then remount it and hang them side by side. Then you have a new beautiful mount and the "story" right beside it...just a thought
  11. Being from my dad and my first deer mount , you couldnt pry that thing away from me... leave it
  12. Have a repro done of the antlers, and mount another one! best of both worlds
  13. BossHog

    BossHog Skips Deer on Cedar Plaque.

    Thank you all for the good suggestions. For now I think I'll go with cleaning and repairs. All the ideas did open my eyes to some other options. Thanks again.
  14. silverbuck

    silverbuck New Member

    I would say go with your gut feeling.
  15. Here's what I would do. I would remount it and put it on a nice panel designed for a great pic of the old mount under it, to pay tribute to the yesteryear's and now.
  16. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    If the value to you is in remembering your dad and honoring what he did for you when $75 was hard to come by, then leave it alone (with a little touch up and refurbishing). If the value is in hanging something on the wall that expresses your ability as a taxidermist today, then by all means remount it. Just understand you really won't be able to do both. IMO
  17. papagoose

    papagoose papagoose and goslings

    Leave it
  18. I would leave it, touch it up, but leave it. For 1966, that thing looks really nice.