After a long time out of the taxidermy trade I decided to get back into it. When I mounted deer I always took every aspect of the deer’s anatomy into account constantly studying reference pics. Not just of the face but the entire body . But now getting back into the fray so to speak I keep seeing mounts of northern deer with really over exaggeration of features and I’m not sure why. I could see it in a southern deer but the northerns have such a heavier coat that it hides a lot of the muscle features. I keep seeing these Iowa and Minnesota deer with 6-7 large folds in their neck on mounts with their head turned and muscular features that look like they are juicing. I have an extensive reference photo collection and in the northern deer you can see some musculature but nothing like I see on these mounts. And as far as the folds go even when they are rutted up they don’t get those giant folds or as many. Normally they get a couple thin wrinkles back near the shoulder line. Or one or two a little further forward . Am I missing something? Is this trend an industry trend ,a competition trend ,is it artistic liberty on the part of the taxidermist or is it at the request of the client? For me the head of the deer is the most important thing. Getting the eyes,ears,nose and mouth right set the tone for the entire mount. It takes a lot of attention to detail to get it anatomically right. Why would you spend all that time and attention getting the head right to only stray anatomically from the rest of it. All the bulges and folds can distract from the rest of the mount. I’m just not sure what to think.