I have been doing taxidermy work on a part time basis (40 -120 Deer) for 20 years but I am fairly new to this website. I learned a lot of what I know from a guy that retired after 30 years of taxidermy work. I initially got on this site looking for info on mounting turkeys, but after reading pages and pages of info on various other subjects, I am beginning to question everything I read on here and this is why. I have mounted deer for 20 years and still have contact with the guy who done it for 30 years and we both do it the same way. I use Dry Preservative exclusively. I do not use hide paste at all. I leave the cartilage in the ears and use ear liners with no glue, paste, caulk, or anything. I have read many post on here about all of these things that I do saying that you CANNOT or SHOULD NEVER do it that way or it WILL NEVER last. Now, the "look" of my mounts may not be competition quality because of my lack of training but I am tired of reading that taxidermy cannot be done this way. My hides look as good as any and show no effects of time like some say they should. My ears looks as good as others bondo, glued, cartilage out ears despite those who say you can't do it that way. The retired taxidermist I mentioned Dry Preserved everything from squirrels to Grizzly to gators and everything in between and I would challenge anyone to tell the difference between his DP mounts and others tanned mounts. I said all of that to ask this. Could someone explain to me why I have read all of this stuff when it obviously works.