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Discussion in 'Habitat and Exhibit' started by tacklebox80, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. tacklebox80

    tacklebox80 New Member

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    This is my first stab at this. Please let me know what could be better. Obviously it isn't quite done, still seems a bit bare but I also don't want it to become too busy either.
    Thanks!
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  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I would carry the taller weeds to the back more, not just up around the tree. It needs some grass debris on the ground but not too much and must be random. What is going onto it? On another note, I'm not a fan of using a shot up sign, it portrays a negative image of people who own guns and hunt. I see them as well when I am hunting or driving by public lands, and it pisses me off.
     

  3. tacklebox80

    tacklebox80 New Member

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    A wall ped semi upright whitetail left turn. I am not super sold on the sign either. Its one I had laying around and felt the top of the cedar needed something to cap it off.... The sheds on the base are from the same deer the year before it was taken.
     
  4. The dirt is nice and your not too far from a good habitat piece. I used to make the same mistakes as you in this piece such as not using enough habitat and just throwing in some tall grass behind where your mount will be. If you are going for a wooded look just simply go out and look at any forest floor and try to replicate that on your base. Mosses, dead leaves, pine cones, small grasses and shrubs make a very nice forest floor base. You don't really want a bare low level habitat base and then go to a tall habitat. You want different levels of shrubs, grasses and driftwood. We always pound it into our heads to look at reference when we are mounting animals but the same goes for habitat as well. grab some reference of the look your going for and go to town!
     
  5. tacklebox80

    tacklebox80 New Member

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    I REALLY appreciate the inputs folks. This forum is such a valuable source of information. Here is where I am at...
    My apologies for the poor lighting / pics. The lighting isn't as bad in person ... :)
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  6. tacklebox80

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    I added a few different tall plants in the back and also shorter varieties in the front. Not sure you can see it in the pic but there is a turkey feather, snail shells, and other details on the base. All of which came directly from the spot the deer was taken. I am fairly pleased but again open to critique please.
    Now the mount and its issues... Lol but that's a thread for the game head forum :)
     
  7. That's definitely looking a lot better! Now my only critique is just that the whole piece is brown, but that also might be because of the lighting. But overall it looks much better, good job! Ill keep an eye out for the finished product on another thread:)
     
  8. duxrus

    duxrus Active Member

    I really like where you went with it. Why two antlers ? Unless you want it to look like someone laid a set of sheds on the ground by a fence post I would only use one. I personally would leave only the one on the left like in your first pic. ( points facing up ) As far as the sign, just wait and see what it all looks like once your deer is on the post. You don't want the sign to over power the deer. You might want to slide the sign around to a slightly different angle or possibly bend it to kill the full on look. Cant wait to see the finished scene.
     
  9. tacklebox80

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    Those are the bucks sheds from the previous year... wanted a way to incorporate that into the mount.
     
  10. duxrus

    duxrus Active Member

    Gotcha. You might flip one over and move it to behind the post so it doesn't look so posed. Just a thought
     
  11. KatieC

    KatieC Active Member

    Looking better, be sure not to space your grass stems and grass bunches too evenly; that seems to be a common mistake.
     
  12. Running Fox

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    I'm not sure where the mount is going, but you might want to put the 'no hunting' sign on the bottom of the base. The way you have it now looks unbalanced. If you put the sign on the base, you can also incorporate the antlers more easily - prop on on the sign and put the other at the base. That makes it appear more purposeful.
     
  13. tacklebox80

    tacklebox80 New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback!