If you have time to read here is my experience ( or lack of! Haha) scroll down for actual question. So I have been interested in taxidermy for a few yrs. there is a good school in my area but being as though I am not sure if I want to do this as a part time job ( I have a full time job already that pays the bills and I am happy with) I have not yet made a commitment to go to the school. Just not positive I want to spend the money for what might be "just a hobby". Anyways, I have been reading on here and watching videos of what I have felt are true professionals. My husband and I helped my husbands grandad find a nice black tail buck last yr. it's very sentimental and is a nice buck to boot. Grandad as we all call him, has never had anything mounted so I thought I would give it a go. Last fall ( when the buck was taken) I skinned him, split the lips an kinda fleshed it out. Since then I have read a ton on the subject, so when I took the hide out of the freezer I was shocked to see some of my mistakes... At least I have learned a lot since them right? It took me a couple hours to finish fleshing the cape, I'm slow at it right now but I know I will get faster with time and I wanted to be very thorough. I used lutan F. I found a post on this forum about how to use it and everyone seemed to agree It was a good tutorial. I split the cape while in the pickle. Got all of the sinew and membrane off ( all the red meat, and fat had been taken off before I salted and pickled. The lips eyes and nostrils split/rung and fleshed out. And the ears turned all the way to the edge of the cartilage ( also ear burst removed because I plan on using liners.)) so I followed the tanning instructions very carefully. No hair slippage and the leather is a very nice white color so I feel I did all that correctly. I measured before I put the deer into the freezer. Here's my question: i remind you this is a western Oregon blacktail buck. I measured the neck a couple inches below the ears and got 16" I stretched the cape downwards then stretched the neck out until just taut. The face I turned right side out and matched the sides together and stretched it until it looked like a normal deer face. I did not pull it tight and it measured 7" the closest form I can find is the one pictured below. Will this work even though the neck is a bit small? All other necks with the eye to nose being correct are 17 1/2 to 18+ and I measured from the front (tear gland side of eye) to tip of nose.