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Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Deerman, Oct 12, 2016.
Can this deer ear be fixed and how would you go about fixing it? Almost half the ear is gone
I got one in year before last that had the top half of the ear completely shot off. I mounted the ear on an ear liner as usual. The top of the earliner was exposed. When the epoxy glue dried I cut the jagged edges of the ear straight. Then I took an ear tip from another deer and matched it up to the ear, glued the rest of the liner and put the ear tip on, matched up the seam lines and it was done.
Looks like a transplant candidate to me, if the customer is up for it.
X2. Kind of common actually
Thanks for the info Tanglelwood. I have an elk cape with one ear about half missing and was wondering if I could repair it the way you described. Now I know that it can be done that way.
Thanks, going to give it a try
Bill Yox did a transplanted ear and it was phenomenal. The pic should be in the archives. Probably 7 or 8 years ago.
Wish I could find it, no luck yet
100% of my customers would want it as is. That's how they shot him, why put a fancy new ear that's not from their trophy?
He said he did not want it this way because it happen after he shot it, he said he tore it off trying to run through a bar wire fence
I will report this to Bill. See if he can find the pic and help you.
I just grabbed this from my photobucket. I had two really slipped ears, as they werent turned prior to salting, on a huge lifesize deer. I just mounted the deer, with the liners set like I always do. Then I took a stock cape with good ears and mounted them on the liners. I cut open the mounted ls at the ears, set the liners in with skin, and then judged where the skin would best match and meet, and trimmed it. Then sewed and glued until it was matched and basically undetectable.
He was resting comfortably after the procedure.
Hope the one I transplant looks that good
I have replaced many damaged ears over the years and have learned that if you want to distract the eyes from the replacement don't just replace the ear leather right at the earbut include some leather below and in front of the entire ear. Also do the replacement before mounting the head, as this gives you a lot of leather to taxi where you want it. JL
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