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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-04-2012, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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My first try at a deer mount

After a visit to one of the local taxidermists, I decided to mount my own deer this year. I had the help of a friend and fellow NWTF member who has been practicing the kraft for several years. Although he is not licensed, having been self-taught by reading and watching VHS tapes, he is very well educated from hands-on experience. Without his guidance I'm sure this wouldn't have turned out near as well as it did. The deer was taken the first day of the 2011-12 rifle season on my property in Beach Lake, PA.

I have done quite a few turkey capes and tails and several european skull mounts of bear, deer and wild boar. This is my first deer head mount and it probably won't be the last. It was an enjoyable experience which did require a certain amount of patience, but I think you will agree that it was worth it!

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I think its very nice!
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That is very nice. It has a classic look and I love the driftwood.

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The eyes are not correct at all! Keep that in mind for the next one, or maybe you can fix them. The eyes on my first 2 were terrible as well LOL.
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I think it looks great! I love the driftwood on it too! Congrats,
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Re: My first try at a deer mount

pretty good for a first, the only things i see are the eyes, the right ear is out of shape, maybe used bondo.
and brisket not set correct.

the nose, mouth and antlers are set pretty good, a few more practice jobs you'll be doing well. practice on doe if you can.

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I think it looks pretty good. Remember, reference, reference, reference. You can never have enough of it and don't ever stop using it. I have been doing fish for 20 years and I still tell customers I don't know what a fish looks like, my reference tells me what a fish looks like.
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I think it came out great.good job
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Looks like a job well done.
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Re: My first try at a deer mount

hey stonewall, i think it looks good for your first one. That being said, I would like to give you some pointers, the ears are not turned all the way and your left ear looks like a paddle. The eyes are not not set right, if you look at your left one it is not sym with the right and sunk back in. One last thing I noticed is that the arm pit on the deers right side is out to far. I hope you don't take this the wrong way, I think it will help you on your next one. It still looks alot better then my first. If I can help with any pointers just pm me and I will help as much as I can. KEEP IT UP... also check out taxidermy.net there is a alot of information on there as well as taxidermist that will be glad to help.

find a big rack and mount it!
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