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ears back question

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by drwalleye, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. drwalleye

    drwalleye Active Member

    In my 5 years of doing taxidermy I only had 1 request for a deers ears to be in the back position. personally I don't like it, I like the forward ears but that's just me .Anyways I was at the Wisconsin taxidermy convention a few weeks back and of all the deer on the wall I cant remember seeing any of them with the ears foreward. is this a new trend? Do judges prefer this pose. just a curiosity question
  2. davehyer

    davehyer Active Member

    I ask every customer, at least half are ears back. It's been that since I started 17-18 years ago

  3. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Folks realized that about the only time a deer has both ears forward in an alert position is when they are alarmed. Many of the forms are sculpted with a relaxed attitude, therefor relaxed ears are more natural looking on the finished mount. The customer has the choice, but many leave it up to me, and that is the way I like it.
  4. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    I mount maybe 5 deer in the forward/alert position a year, all want back, semi back or off set. Usually its a upright straight or slight turn the gets the alert look. That's out of 80 or so. Ears back in competition looks better, more options in placement and is more of a challenge to get right.
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I had a guy bring a deer that his taxidermist "royally screwed up" the ears on. When I got it I was a little shocked. The ears were in a relaxed position and were more perfect than any mounted ear I had seen. I asked how it was screwed up. He said every body knows that deers ears are always up and forward. After I showed him about fifty deer pics and only a few ears forward and explained how and why deers ears work and that he had a competition quality deer head, he changed his tune.

    I always ask how they want the ears and why they want them that way, they usually say, "I don't know, just mount them however looks best."
  6. Brian Reinertson

    Brian Reinertson Well-Known Member

    Out of 36 this year, 1 is ears forward on a Revolution curious alert which makes sense for the form and attitude.
  7. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    when its up to me i put them any way but for ward. when the customer comes to get it they cant believe how much more they like it that way. makes it look more realistic. that's what they tell me.
  8. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    Years ago, I was working for a shop when an old guy walked in, looked around a minute, and said, "Glad to see you guys are doing the ears right, up and forward where they belong. Some of these young guys have one ear going this way, one going that way." Like most of you, we only did both ears forward when requested. Just so happened, everything on our stands that day were. The owner just smiled and said "Yep, we do it right!"
    I think the old school thought was to create a trophy...uniform stoic pose, wood panel. Lifelike, natural mounts, preferably with some habitat are in vogue now.

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  9. John L

    John L Active Member

    I had never seen a deer with ears back until I started going to competitions.
  10. George1419

    George1419 New Member

    I do over 100 deer a year, I will maybe have 2 that want the ears forward, if it is a smaller rack the ears will tend to take away or hide the rack, I tell them that the goal is to show off the rack not the ears, although I do like the look of the ears forward
  11. jk

    jk Active Member

    Been doing taxidermy for over 20 years. People generally gravitate to what they see in your shop. If you like ears back and one in your shop they may want something like it. Personally I never have a deer with ears forward in my shop, either both back or inside ear back , outside forward. I get 1-2 requests for ears forward and this is also on a straight form, which I also try to stay away from. However, they are paying the bill and have to live with the end product so I will do what ever they want.

  12. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Until I became a taxidermist, I never even noticed that deer had ears once it left the field and was on the wall.
    While hunting, I always watched the ears and body language to determine the situation. After the shot, all I saw was antlers.
    Now, I don't even notice the antlers on a mount. I sure do notice the ears though.
  13. In the last two years I can count on one hand how many I have done with ears forward, I prefer half back and if the customer doesn't care that's how they go, my job is to make the rack appear as big as possible and the best way to achieve that is with any position other than forward!
  14. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I let the customers choose. About half are forward in my studio. Clients choose forward about half the time. Years ago it was more forward.
  15. Gurneyjockey

    Gurneyjockey Member

    I'm not sure if it's just the area I live in out west or what, but I've never had a customer ask for ears back. Everything is forward it seems. A lot of times I'll get people who say "do whatever looks best" and I will specifically ask if they're ok with ears back. I actually thought it was the norm until seeing all the pics on this sight. I prefer them back or with one slightly cocked, but I've seen a few people freak out with the ears not "perfectly" symmetrical. I try to do as tanglewood and educate them a little
  16. scottdawg

    scottdawg Member

    I have 3 customers that want ears alert and that's 3 to many.
  17. bowelk

    bowelk Member

    Ears back, to halfway back, tends to place emphasis more on antlers than ears. My customers prefer either - something about showing off their bucks big rack I'm guessing.
  18. When they tell me to choose I usually give one back and the other a little more forward...at least then they'll like one of the ears 8)

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