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How wet, or more dry??

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Whitetail906, May 3, 2017.

  1. Whitetail906

    Whitetail906 New Member

    Just looking to see what most of you do with finishing your whitetail deer noses. I've got lots of reference photos of live deer from deer parks where I was able to walk around with live deer and photograph them close up. However there is images I took that look really wet, and others that look fairly dry. Especially towards the top. I know that is impacted on what the deer is doing whether licking aggressively to smell something that's making him nervous, etc.... but I've finished deer noses in the past with a light spray of gloss towards the top of the nose working a bit heavier towards the bottom of the nose. But to me it just looks either too glossy, or maybe a plastic finish to it. This is a nose I just finished, and I like the dryer look. I know each taxidermist uses his own take on finishing a deer down to colors and such, so I'm just curious as to what most of you with more experience than I have (a few years ) prefer to represent on their mounts. I appreciate anyone who takes their time to respond!


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    Whitetail906 New Member

    Another image of the deer. Having a hard time posting a picture that's under the 128KB allowed.

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  3. For me it really depends on what look I am trying to get. Sometimes a deer looks better with a wet nose and sometimes it looks better dryer. But most of the time I choose to make mine with a more wet look.
  4. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    I don't do lots of deer but I do however refurbish/restore a ton of them and i always go with the wet nose look.clients always love it and I like it better myself.

    Same with duck bills .it all comes down to what you like. I prefer wet bills on waterfowl mounts but i have friends who hate the wet look.to each is own.if a client doesn't ask what they prefer everything I mount leaves with a wet nose.
  5. Whitetail906

    Whitetail906 New Member

    Thanks guys for taking the time to give your opinion. I know it is a personal preference like finishing of the eyes is. Was curious as to what others do. Thanks!
  6. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    I always go with the wet look.
  7. Grizz208

    Grizz208 New Member

    I personally like the wet look my self. I have done one with the drier look and I went right back to making them look wet again on the next mount.
  8. critterstuffr

    critterstuffr New Member

    I think the dryer look shows the detail and time you spent to put it there but all the photos and my experience around live deer says it needs to be wet. I have more questions with the color of my noses than the wet /dry. I don't paint mine black as some and on several occasions I've had to repaint them darker than I like to please a customer. As we know the references most people have is that of dead deer. Sorry too get off topic . . . wet. JMO
  9. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    A wet nose looks fresh and alive. A dry one just looks like an old deer head thats been on the wall for years drying out.
  10. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    Only nose I don't do WET is a raccoon or skunk. I raised 'coon for a while and never saw a wet one. Just my opinion and observation. All deer go out WET and glossy.

    TIMBUCK Active Member

    While bowhunting, from the ground, in the Texas hill country, I have the chance to see a lot of wild deer at very close range. Using binos I can get really close up views of their anatomy and whats happening. Granted the humidity in the hill country is very low and the evaporation rate is very high but I would say 75% of the LIVE deer that I view have a semi dry looking, semi shiny nose. Very seldom to I see a super glossy wet look..
  12. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    Their noses have a natural sheen to them even when not wet. Not super glossy but there is still a sheen. Exactly what you describe, Tim. Matching that exact look is one of the hardest tricks in Taxidermy I think!
  13. Whitetail906

    Whitetail906 New Member

    Thanks for all the feedback!
  14. verne

    verne Well-Known Member

    Satin finish, no complaints. 8)
  15. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    It's really a mater of personal preference, but I can tell you this, most of the clients that comment on the nose like the super glossy ones best; the ones with a automotive clear coat. The same goes for fish.
  16. Customers who even mention it always want glossy! I like the gloss look as well.
  17. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I used to make them glossy from the lips and nostrils and progressively made it less glossy and more satin as it got nearer to the upper part of the nose. Any more I just gloss the whole nose and customers seem to like that the best.
  18. Whitetail906

    Whitetail906 New Member

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to give some feedback! There is many of you out there that have a tremendous about of experience, and I appreciate the fact you take the time to help me out with some questions that I might have!

  19. satin!