09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

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09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby James » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:21 am

Just got my 2009 MN opening day archery buck back a week ago. I took a few photos this morning. I'm not a taxidermist but this is the 2nd mount I have had finished by this taxidermist. There are a couple things I am not pleased with but overall I like it. Please critique and send along any thoughts.

Form was a 64D Series Semi-Sneak Offset with Head Down by Dennis Behn

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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby venisonassassin » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:15 am

What are the things that you are not pleased with James?
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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby tresleggos » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:21 am

hard to tell w your pics you took maybe a couple from farther away......i did notice a lot of paint on the eyes and area though......
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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby Dewey » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:24 am

I'm no expert on taxidermy but it looks good to me.
Great looking buck 8-)
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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby Spysar » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:04 am

Usually when I see a buck with his head tipped down, it's aggresive posture and the ears are laid back. Nice looking buck, and congrats again.
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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby James » Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:00 pm

My only real complaint is that the ears are too wide. I believe the issue is how the ear butts are positioned. The hide is stretched along the ear but and it should have more wrinkles instead of being smooth, this is causing wider ears. Tip to tip they are like 19", the rack has an 18" inside spread.

I'm pretty fussy, most guys think it looks great but I get pretty anal on taxidermy and how mounts look.
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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby WiBowhuntress » Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:19 pm

I can kind of see what you're saying James, but for the most part I think it's a pretty nice mount. The only thing I really noticed was that the ears just looked kind of "pointy" at the tips.
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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby venisonassassin » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:09 pm

James wrote:My only real complaint is that the ears are too wide. I believe the issue is how the ear butts are positioned. The hide is stretched along the ear but and it should have more wrinkles instead of being smooth, this is causing wider ears. Tip to tip they are like 19", the rack has an 18" inside spread.

I'm pretty fussy, most guys think it looks great but I get pretty anal on taxidermy and how mounts look.


I do some whitetail taxidermy and it's not unusual for the ears to measure 19" tip to tip in that position. I do know what you mean about the wrinkles in the ears, I see where they were. It is up to the taxidermist to recreate those. The ears also look like they are set a little far back. One other thing I noticed is that the eyelashes stick straight out or almost up a bit. They should angle down over the eye at about a 45 degree angle or so.
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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby PredatorTC » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:22 pm

I like how dark the antlers are!!! I did not notice this in the kill picture 8-)
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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby AC Rider » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:08 am

I'm not expert by any means. It looks great to me ;)
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Re: 09 Opening Day MN Buck - Mount

Unread postby huntinnurse » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:44 am

I like it James!!!! I do see what you mean, but, overall, a very nice job.
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