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Ear Shape Error?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by BowBoy77, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. BowBoy77

    BowBoy77 New Member

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    Hey guys. New to the forum and have a question. Just got my first buck back from the taxidermist I was referred to. This shop does great work on all the mounts I have seen and is busy year around. I have one issue with the ear shape on my buck. It seems it’s out of shape and someone messed up. I looked at old pictures of my deer after he was harvested and there was never any damage to ear. Looked at other mounts they have done and none of them have this issue.
    I am seeking some advice here wondering if you guys would take the mount back and show them the issue or not say anything at all? I paid 485 for the mount and they have a deposit for my archery buck I took this past November so they still have my business as of rignt now. I know he’s not a huge buck but it’s my first deer and first buck so it’s a memorable trophy for me.
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  2. 3bears

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    Are you serious? This looks like a beginner did that, without instruction. How anyone that calls them a professional would let that out their door is beyond my comprehension.
     

  3. BowBoy77

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    That’s what I kind of figured but didn’t know if I was overreacting. I don’t want to be rude to them because they are great guys and I understand mistakes happen.
     
  4. Rausch

    Rausch Active Member

    You don’t have to be rude and yes mistakes do happen but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Take it back and ask them to fix it. If they are great guys they won’t have a problem with you bringing it back.
     
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  5. Richard C

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    They look like "bondo" ears . They put a glob of bondo in the ear and squeeze it around until it kicks , gets hard. The ears are usually 'Thick " and in time they "cup" to the front , looking like a catchers mitt. It's the cheapest and quickest way to do ears. At the price of 485.00 , that's CHEAP . Around me a bad deer head is running 525.00 to 550.00 . What the public don't realize is in a "industry " with "NO" standards ,BAD work has a production cost ,supplies , overhead and labor cost that aligns itself with the costs of living. At the "New" 15.00 per hour wage , with benefits , requested by some governing bodies , your local taxidermist isn't making the minimum wage and with "NO" benefits.
    At some point soon , as living wages and prices rise , and they will , you will be paying 900.00 for a bad deer head.
     
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  6. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    Besides the poor shape problem they are also in limbo being neither back nor forward which looks akward. Not sure how they could fix botched bondo ears.
     
  7. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    That ear appears to be deformed. It's not the fault of the taxidermist. We have them occasionally look identical to that anomaly. I don't really see a problem with that ear. You could have easily overlooked that little detail when you took it to him. Most hunters are way focused on antlers, and not anatomy. I'm not going into any detail past the ear. You paid for a deer mount, you got one. I've seen way worse.
     
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  8. sbarrow

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    Exactly, deformed ear
     
  9. byrdman

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    look to be "uncarded" before drying .... and bondo ears if properly done with form insert and proper amount of hardener can be as good or better than most "liner" ears plus only 2 surfaces to "drum" instead of 4 .... so its wrong to blame the method when its the guy that did the work that screwed them up. ears can be wet-wrapped and liners or bondo removed and re-done.... Lots of bondo ears have had blue ribbons hanging on them Richard
     
  10. Richard C

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    The owner said there was no damage to the ear in photos of the dead deer. Owner please post that photo .
    Yes ,Byrdman there are blue ribbon bondo ears at shows but most taxidermists don't do a good job on them only the better taxidermists that are capable of doing a good job on the rest of the deer too and allow them the blue ribbon.
     
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  11. BowBoy77

    BowBoy77 New Member

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    Here are a couple photos after he was shot
     

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  12. sbarrow

    sbarrow Active Member

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    I said deformed ear and I stick with that, but that's a different cape than the deer you shot in my opinion.
     
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  13. rogerswildlife

    rogerswildlife Rogers Wildlife Taxidermy Tommy Rogers

    That's not your Cape Bowboy77.
    Tommy
     
  14. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    Actually, after looking at the photos, it does appear to be the same cape. It would be nice to see a tighter photo of the face of the deer in the dead deer shot, but the coloration behind the nose pad does look like a match.
     
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  15. BowBoy77

    BowBoy77 New Member

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    What makes you guys think it’s a different cape?
     

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  16. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Because the ear appears to be deformed from damage, then healed over. I have questions about the condition of your cape. Was it cut short, or cut wrong? There might have been justification for a replacement.
     
  17. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    Could you post a photo of the left eye of the mount? It looks like there is some scaring there in the dead deer shot.
     
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  18. sbarrow

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    Throat patch gives it away.
     
  19. Richard C

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    I don't think it is your cape either. Yours was a different color ,more grayish and not as white a throat patch.
    Go get a refund and get you other deer back. Take the antlers off that train wreck and bring both to a compentant taxidermist. There are many on this site . Give the mount ,less antlers back to the taxidermist . He will probably put someone elses antlers on it and try to peddle it to someone not a observant as you , good luck . If you have them done correctly they will last your lifetime and you won't get sick every time you look at them.
    Is the guy that mounted these on this site ?
     
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  20. BowBoy77

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