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Ears back or forward?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Nina Lukaszewicz, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. Nina Lukaszewicz

    Nina Lukaszewicz Outdoor Dreams Taxidermy

    What is your favorite ear set for a WT? I know it might depend on the deer itself, and the pose, but I just want your opinions.
    I personally like the ears back. You get to put all the earbutt detail in that you can actually see when it's done, I like how it looks.
    I just mounted a small, but very symmetrical, 8 point buck and put the ears back. I used those new 360 ear systems from Eppely and I like how it turned out. When my dad went down in the shop to see my latest mount, he didnt like the ears back. I said I was just trying to make the antlers stand out, I think it makes them look nice. I'll post pics of it later.
  2. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    I prefer one forward and one back. You know how they are always moving those ears around.
    If a customer brings in a small or narrow rack, I will suggest ears back as it tends to back the rack look bigger. Most of my customers want the alert forward look.

  3. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    I'm with Becky, One of each is my fav. Oddly enough, most of my customers do not choose both ears forward.
  4. nibjones

    nibjones Join your States Taxidermy Assoc.

    I like them both ways. I couldn't convince anyone to go with anything but alert.


    i really like the ears back ,and one forward and one back is a natural look
  6. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    Funny you should say that. I had a customer tell me one time that it looked stupid and NOT natural. Evidently he never paid any attention to the deer while hunting.
  7. Mason

    Mason Active Member

    We like one forward and one back also. But we've had a few people tell us that deer dont do that LMAO!

    Mason (Ron and Linda)
  8. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Active Member

    I like ears back in a relaxed pose, just my opinion

    HOLMES Active Member

    almost all mine are back.
  10. RoyalOaksRanch

    RoyalOaksRanch Royal Oaks Taxidermy- When Quality Counts...

    If its my choice, about the only time I like to put the ears foreward is when the antlers are real wide so it shows off how wide they are. Otherwise I just put them where they look matural for the pose

    Ive put them one back/one foreward, both back to the side, both back closer together. One facing one way the other facing back LOL Pretty much anything that looks natural.
    Mine are usually mule deer so I have abit more ear than your whitetails, the blacktails are small though :)

  11. Hey Nina, I like the ears to be in the most normal pose for a mount...that is very even with the antlers and mostly alert (forward). I know that the judges like to look for irregularities in this position and it is difficult to make them end up this way. My next personal mount will be a full sneak with the ears back and turned down, however. More often than not, when hunting, I see deer displaying one alert and one back, but, most of my customers prefer the mount to look as "picture perfect" as possible.
  12. michaelf

    michaelf New Member

    I prefer one forward and one back also and back on smaller deer but just about all of my customers want ears forward. Different strokes.
  13. jakemcmillin

    jakemcmillin New Member

    All mine are ears back but 4 of them and one is 1 back and the other is forward.
  14. I personally like the one ear back and one forward. I do about fifty fifty on customer mounts half forward and half back.
  15. Unless thye say, the ears go toward theback at different angles. I don't have anything with the ears forward for them to see, all the deer are varied and noone has said ears forward.

    I thinkk they see poor quailty taxidermy when they see everything with ears forward and then request it.

    I just finished the mount of a really nice, super large deer for a little girl down the road from me, they said "Make it look good", so I did it just like if I was taking it to a show.

    They had a lot of cape and I worked almost all the cape up in the deer and that makes it look really good and even bigger.

    She won a big buck contest for kids with the deer and its a big deer for here, weighed field dressed 197, mounted it on 761 McKenzie, I am going to bet its got a 23-24 inch neck at the swell, one of those that could be made go two inches more but made out great, yep ears back!! MAkes the antelr look larger too.
  16. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I'm with Capt. Chip. I just prefer the ears to shadow the antlers to embellish the rack. One ear and one back looks like a car driving down the road with a door open to me.
  17. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    George, tell that to the deer, LOL. You just gotta be different, we still luv ya though.
    I hate airplane ears (almost straight out to the side), even though deer will hold their ears like that, to me it looks dopey on a mount. Oh, but my favorite (NOT) mounts have bunny rabbit ears, you know, they stick straight up. I have yet to see that on a live deer. I've seen a doe hold them up pretty high but never to the extent that some mount them. Yes, I said never, but I have never seen it, maybe they can.
  18. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I give my customers their choice of back or forward most of the time, but on some poses I will only mount the ears a certain way. Forinstance, on a full-sneak mount, the ears are back. There's also a posturing, agressive pose I do from time to time and the ears are way back on that one. There are a couple alert poses were the ears are always done forward.

    I really don't like it when the ears don't match up from side to side. Ya, I know they can rotate their ears independently when alive, but I feel that taxidermy looks more professional when the ears are mounted symetricaly. To me it would be easier to just plant the ears at offset angles, but the extra effort it takes to match up the ear position reflects on the care for the small details. Some customers notice the details, especially when point them out.
  19. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    Trophy, I do agree with you to some extent - some forms (like the ones you mentioned) should be mounted with the ears in certain positions to finish the story. A very alert form would not look good with relaxed ears, but a very alert form can look just as good with both ears back as well as both forward. I've seen many deer throw their head up, ears alert forward or ears alert back. But whether you match them are not, the angles still have to be right.

    I like variety. I hate walking out into the shop and seeing 15 deer on the wall, all straight upright with ears forward - seems to be my customers favorite. I realize that may be the only deer on their wall, but it gets old to me seeing that many daily.

    It's a good thing we don't all like the same or it should would be boring. Same thing with forms.
  20. Rick Carter

    Rick Carter Administrator

    Incedentally Cole, You mount a great looking deer.