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My First Coyote

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Cnelson, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Cnelson

    Cnelson New Member

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    I've always wanted to harvest a black coyote but never even seen one while hunting. A friend of mine finally got this one she had on trail camera for a couple years so I thought what better animal to attempt my first coyote mount on. I've done a lot of deer and 10 or so Bobcats but this was my first coyote. I'm really happy with how he and the base turned out. Let me know what you think. Constructive criticism welcome. Thanks for looking. 20200114_200223.jpg 20200114_200223.jpg
     
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  2. 1stturkey

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    black is slimming, heheh. It looks skinny but that could indeed be because it's dark. Not bad at all for your first coyote. Eyes and ears are a bit asymmetrical but pretty darn good overall. ear bases look a bit too wide maybe. Good job!
     
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  3. IF that's your first you are well on your way to being a damned good taxidermist. I agree with the poster above, the right eye (our right) and ear are off, but other than that very nice.
     
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  4. 13 point

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    Great job for first, just a few little things to work on , the main thing that hits me right away is the hide is thin like early season and you have it in a snow scene , not saying it is , but is what stands out to me
     
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  5. 1stturkey

    1stturkey Member

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    13 point saw what I couldn't put a finger on: hide is thin. And I was afraid my post about black being slimming might have been slightly racist...:)
     
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  6. Cnelson

    Cnelson New Member

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    I thought he looked skinny too. I ordered the form that I measured for and I measure on outside of hair before I skin. It could have went on a little bigger form still. They killed on a day when there was snow on the ground is why i did the snow scene. I tried to fluff his hair up as much as i could.
     
  7. 1st thing that caught my eye wasn't the mount. It was the habitat. Some of the icicles are hanging at an angle. Water will fall straight with gravity. And freeze accordingly
     
  8. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Since this was brought back up , why is the tied thread hanging out on each leg ? A little secret is , when done sewing do a few lock stitches cut that needle off leaving thread long as possible, now get a long needle and put thread thru eye but don’t tie , now push long needle thru last stitch hole and send it as far away as possible, back out thru the hide and pull thru . Now pull the thread and it will bury your tied knot inside, now cut thread off flush with hide . It will pull back inside and be hidden and you hide paste will help it from ever pulling apart
     
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  9. Always measure the carcass after skinning ,over the hair will give you a false measurement
     
  10. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

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    Early season yote with shorter hair looks good, only eye shape and possible ears but looks great overall.
     
  11. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    I don’t think it is so much that the coyote is too skinny, but the coloration of the fur gives the appearance it is. You’re measurements are probably accurate. The light shading on some of the fur creates a bit of an optical illusion and makes it appear thinner than it really is. Then the ears are set too wide and make the head appear larger, making the body look disproportionately smaller. I wrestled with the same issue on the ears with my first few coyotes. Look at reference photos of live coyotes (not other people’s mounts) with ears in a forward position and the space between the ears is much smaller. For a first coyote, you did a really good job.