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Whitetail Unreal Features?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by diableau, Feb 23, 2022.

  1. diableau

    diableau New Member

    I just got back my mount from the taxidermists and there are features that I've never seen, or noticed before in my lifetime of hunting. Every ripple and wrinkle seems exaggerated, but the especially the lower jaw has 2 parallel grooves on both sides.
    Also, the ears are flexed backwards but have deep wrinkles as if they were flexed forward.
    Im not a professional taxidermist so Im wondering if this can be corrected. Any feedback is appreciated.

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  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    They maybe a tad over exaggerated but do belong , more seen on early season deer but definitely not wrong . He spent extra time to do that and you should be glad he did . Most don’t put the time in to show details like that . Take a small wire or firm brush and brush it straight downward, it will soften the look some . Ears are correct as wrinkles are alway there , but again most don’t take the time to show .

  3. Crittrstuffr

    Crittrstuffr Well-Known Member

    I agree there's way more correct than incorrect on your mount. You might want to take a brush and brush across the jaw line to soften it little. The wrinkles in front of the ear are correct to be there, can't see from the pic how deep they are but you can see them when the ears are back. Just asking did you ask these questions to your taxidermist when you picked it up? If not I feel you should have as he could have explained the reasons things where put where they are. You still could have the opinion he's still wrong but you'd understand his intent. JMO
  4. diableau

    diableau New Member

  5. diableau

    diableau New Member

    Thank you both for your feedback. When I picked it up only the receptionist was there, plus I hadnt actually noticed anything amiss until I got it home, in different light.
    He was taken in January in S Texas at the end of the rut and havent seen those grooves before. I dont have decent photos of those areas on the day of the kill (its all about the hornage!). I will brush it a little and hang it with pride.

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  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I can see the wrinkles in the ear butts on that last kill shot. A dead deer has deflated features.
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  7. arrow30

    arrow30 Member

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  8. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    That is a nice looking mount. The lower jaw is a little exaggerated. Ears are good. It may be possible to soften the lower jaw with a little targeted rehydration to get the skin to come out of the grooves some. Id be proud to hang that up on my wall.
    A taxidermist with a receptionist? That is awesome!!!
  9. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Just wet down that jaw area a little and brush it to soften the wrinkles. You can do the same on the ear butts if you don't like that too. It really doesn't look bad to me though, however I do find the shape of the bridge of the nose a bit odd. I've never seen a form like that before. Anybody have a guess which form was used.
  10. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Those stating wet it down, remember he is not a taxidermist and could be asking for trouble by doing such , you have no clue of the hide paste used . You could be opening a can of worms by doing so, like drumming.

    i believe the way the picture was taken is why the head looks the way it does.
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  11. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    If you just spray it a little with a water bottle sprayer, or wipe it with a wet cloth, then the water will only wet the hair and will not cause any issues.
  12. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    You may try steaming it with a clothing steamer.