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Odd Sized Whitetail Ears....how do you do it?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by 8Point, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. 8Point

    8Point Member

    Earlier never seem to fit right. Most of the deer that I have come in seem to have larger ears than the Large earliner that I buy. Seems that they never fill them out right. So when the ears dry they shrivel and curl on the edges... does anyone have any tips? How do you all fill that gap to give it the full shape with crisp edges?
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Are you getting them turned all the way? Are you carding the ear edges? I pretty much only use medium sized liners for whitetails and do not have this issue.

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Blacktail ear liners?
  4. jim tucker

    jim tucker Active Member

    +1...Use large on maybe 1 or 2 a year and we have big deer. In 30 years of taxidermy I have never had ears that were too big for LARGE earliness?! Maybe try a different brand.
  5. Genie

    Genie Member

    Medium size works for most Wisconsin whitetails. You might pull the edges tight & gather any loose skin away from the edges. That loose skin should tighten if there isn't too much.
  6. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I run into the same problem as you every year with one or two deer and I have seen where deer from some parts just have bigger ears than other areas. First, Vandykes has the largest ear liners I've heard of cut they are ears forward style only. For ears back, I haven't found anything large enough for the Dumbo like deer that come in every year. For those big ones where the client or pose dictates ears back, I use Bondo as an ear adhesive to fill in the gap. When using Bondo like that, the ear and liner must be very clean and dry for it to adhere. And for those that say Bondo will not stick to an ear liner, I still have one sitting in my desk drawer with Bondo on it will not come off without harsh methods. Never had a problem with that technique eigher, but you still must card the edges.

  7. bob watkins

    bob watkins Member

    if i could not a liner to fit i would a bondo ear
  8. Mason

    Mason Active Member

    Do Ya have any pics, of have finished that had these issues?
  9. sounds like the ears aren't getting turned all the way out, I use large liners maybe on one or two a year on whitetails, if large aren't big enough either try mulie liners or better yet do a bondo ear
  10. 8Point

    8Point Member

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I take in deer from N WI if that helps. I try to split the ears as far as they will go but seems like the is always 1/4"plus of space to fill. I'm sure that I must be doing something wrong. One thing is I'm not carding the ears. So I will start that. Any good advice on some ways I should do that or pics would be aweme. I will surf around on here to. I will also try to get a pic on my next one. I plan to do one up in naxt day or so.
  11. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I would say that the deer I do have ears like this:
    5% small
    25% medium
    60% large
    10% extra large
  12. cgsmith

    cgsmith New Member

    Why not buy the ear liner material in sheets and just make your own? Pull the cartilage in one piece and trace it out on your ear liner sheet. Cut and then use a heat gun to shape. You can take a set of ears from a euro and leave all the skin on it. Paint on some Nair to remove the hair then make a mold using Bondo. Now you have a mold to use to help shape your ear every time.
  13. KatieC

    KatieC Active Member

    What Genie said, pull the ear skin tight along the edges, then work the rest of the extra skin around on the liner. You want a nice loose fit with some extra skin anyway, since it will shrink while drying. You can work any wrinkles out as it starts to dry.