Yeah def different. The original has that dark choc. hair between the horns the mount has that reddidsh hair and the brown stripe on the nose is def different. He probably ruined yours and didint want to tell you. Regardless it looks great, congrats!
Yeah I noticed the lack of brown line connecting the nose area to the rest of the muzzle in the dead pics. The mount has a definate distinctive brown line that shouldn't be there.
I always inform customers if something is wrong with their cape. Generally it is when the bring it in and I notice bad odor on the skin. Even if the hair isn't slipping I tell them the cape is iffy and I will do what I can. I will put stop rot all over an iffy hide that still has tight fur after I flesh it. Then it gets salted and drained for a day and I then resalt and run a fan to dry it quick. These tend to come back just fine from the tanner. One reason I send all deer capes to a tanner is consistancy, rather than trying to deal with PH and salt myself ( I also have back and shoulder problems and just can't run a round knife for shaving). I use Carolina Fur Dressing and get them wet tanned. I do however tan small games and the small and medium furbearers here in shop. I've got time proven methods I've developed for these type hides.
If a cape is slipping when it comes in or when it thaws, I let the customer know they need a new cape.