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3rd deer mount

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Dwb5, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. Dwb5

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    Here is my 3rd deer I have mounted. I know his eyes are to round. They shrank more than I would have liked. Anymore help would be appreciated.
     
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  2. tomdes

    tomdes Me my dear and Fall BAZZ!!!

    Nice clean mount and your nose does look nice, but here's some things that stick out:
    1. Lip line needs to be tucked in more, hair-on-hair except in the very front where I usually expose 7/8" or so.
    2. Ear butts aren't correct and the ears are extended out to far.
    3. Ears are nice and thin and look good except for the white hair patterns on the top of each ear, that hair should be rolled into the ear more so it doesn't show.
    4. You don't have a good side view, but that rack looks like it's standing up little to far, needs to be on the same plain as the top of the nose/forehead.
    5. You mentioned the eyes, yes the shape is wrong for them...

    Very good for your 3rd, they'll only get better..
     
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  3. Careful with your paint, apply as little as necessary to get the job done, and use a stiff dry paint brush to remove excess from the hair. I see this particularly around your nose, there's a big white spot on the bottom of the nostril and lots of extra brown on the top & back. Clean that up a bit and it'll look a lot better.
    Get a deer skull and look at the point where the ear canal goes into the skull, your ears are set pretty high.
    Before you mount, make sure the skin surrounding your eye is evenly thinned and split completely to the edges with the fat glands removed, this will help your eyes stay in place. I also like to keep a bag loosely on the head for a couple days so it doesn't dry too fast.
    Your brisket and leg skin is aligned really well, and overall the body looks good.
    Surround yourself with good reference photos of live deer and keep mounting!
    Good job!
     
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  4. Dwb5

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    Thanks guys. I see what you are saying about everything. I have some problems with my painting. I cannot get my gun to spray evenly. I don't know if its me or the gun. I cannot wait to try another one. So that I can work on my eyes. What all needs to be done on my ears. I can see where my eyes and things are not right. But I'm having trouble seeing what needs to be done with my ears. Not that I think they look right, just can't see what all needs changed.
     
  5. When compared to a live deer, you can see your ear butts are pretty long. Bring the whole ear in towards the head. Make sure your edges are split all the way. They can be split a little ways even after the cartilage stops. Also, make sure to keep the long white hairs inside the ear, they should all point toward the center to create a barrier to keep stuff out of the ears.
    Ears have always been the hardest part for me, keep at it, and study all the reference you can!
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  6. Dwb5

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    Thank you so much. Now I can see the diff. when the are side by side like that.
     
  7. Dwb5

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    You all have been a big help!
     
  8. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Looks very good for number 3. Like other mentioned the ears are the biggest problem. Other than that, just some minor tweaking. As for the antlers, I like to measure the nose to antler tips left and right and record that before caping. Then when I mounted it, I refer to those measurements when I'm setting the antlers, which eliminates any possible errors on antler angle.
     
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  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    What I like to do is take pics of the mount and compare the mount pic side by side with the reference pics. Then I can see what needs to be tweeked.
     
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  10. Dwb5

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    Thanks that makes sense. I will try that next time.
     
  11. Such a great thread. Thanks for posting!
     
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  12. Dwb5

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    What is a good way to puff there hair up. Like back brushing.
     
  13. 3bears

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    compressed air, hair dryer, shopvac on reverse.
     
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  14. Dwb5

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    Ok that will work thanks.