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Rock 2.0
05-31-2012, 11:36 PM
Anybody out there do any of your own mounts? European, do your own taxidermy? Post em up!

Ikeepitcold
06-02-2012, 06:24 AM
I have not done my own taxi but I'm hoping to learn from my current taxi. He is very willing to teach.

How about you? Pics?

fortgeorgetaxidermy
06-02-2012, 08:54 AM
Was in the Army for 9 years. Was medically retired and I used the GI bill to go to Taxidermy School. Its now my passion. The bass just went to the Colorado State Championships and got a 2nd in Professional Division.

fortgeorgetaxidermy
06-02-2012, 08:58 AM
sry wrong pic for deer

Ikeepitcold
06-02-2012, 11:42 AM
Real cool!

Ikeepitcold
06-02-2012, 11:42 AM
Was in the Army for 9 years. Was medically retired and I used the GI bill to go to Taxidermy School. Its now my passion. The bass just went to the Colorado State Championships and got a 2nd in Professional Division.

I haven't seen many bass but it looks 1st place to me.

Rock 2.0
06-02-2012, 03:39 PM
Wow, nice fortgeorge. Those look fantastic. I have made a few euro style mounts, I will dig up some pictures.

Rock 2.0
06-03-2012, 10:07 AM
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Not a great picture, but here they are. That forked horn was my first buck. I made both the mount boards.... It is fun going through the whole process. I would love to learn how to taxi some day

fortgeorgetaxidermy
06-03-2012, 11:02 AM
get some 40 volume peroxide and put it on them let sit in sun. will be brilliant white. then seal them with clear sealer.

Rock 2.0
06-03-2012, 11:24 AM
get some 40 volume peroxide and put it on them let sit in sun. will be brilliant white. then seal them with clear sealer.

Cool, thanks fortgeorge!

WYrider
06-21-2012, 02:39 PM
I have bought that DIY European mounting kit from cabelas. I was skeptical at first but it turned out really good.

CrimsonArrow
06-21-2012, 03:02 PM
Here's some I've done as a self-taught, amateur taxidermist. The regular whitetail was my first shoulder mount, the muley was second, and the piebald was done this winter. The quality has increased each time, and I think after a couple more, they'll be pretty darn good. The positioning of the ears has been the biggest challenge to me, and I think I finally got it right on the piebald.

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sjsmallfield
06-21-2012, 03:52 PM
CrimsonArrow that piebald is siiiick! Nice work man.

Rock 2.0
06-21-2012, 04:00 PM
Nice job crimson, I think your right about the ears positioning on the piebald. Looks great! How did you get into diy taxidermy if you dont mind me asking>

CrimsonArrow
06-21-2012, 04:20 PM
Nice job crimson, I think your right about the ears positioning on the piebald. Looks great! How did you get into diy taxidermy if you dont mind me asking>

I arrowed a good practice buck, saw a whitetail mounting kit in a Cabelas catalog for $80, and jumped in head first.

NDHunter
06-21-2012, 06:23 PM
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This is my first attempt at mounting a pheasant. The tail feathers weren't worth a crap but other than that I was fairly happy for my first attempt.

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These are the 3 bucks that I horn-mounted from 2003 in North Dakota. I drew a muzzy and rifle tag that year and also had my OTC bow tag. It is usually tough to have 3 buck tags in one year but that was my lucky year. Not the biggest bucks in the world but I was pretty dang happy with those deer at the time. I have since thrown away the board they were mounted on.....

Ikeepitcold
06-21-2012, 07:59 PM
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This is my first attempt at mounting a pheasant. The tail feathers weren't worth a crap but other than that I was fairly happy for my first attempt.

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These are the 3 bucks that I horn-mounted from 2003 in North Dakota. I drew a muzzy and rifle tag that year and also had my OTC bow tag. It is usually tough to have 3 buck tags in one year but that was my lucky year. Not the biggest bucks in the world but I was pretty dang happy with those deer at the time. I have since thrown away the board they were mounted on.....


What are the horns mounted to? The pics make it look like some type of shiny plastic or rock?

Rock 2.0
06-21-2012, 08:24 PM
What are the horns mounted to? The pics make it look like some type of shiny plastic or rock?
Looks like a laminate to me....?

fortgeorgetaxidermy
06-21-2012, 08:43 PM
crimson...looking good man. you defiantly are improving. every piece should be practice for the next. i would stress reference photos. not 1 or 2. pour over close up pics of the muscle detail. that is what i feel you are lacking. 100s right before you do your muscle detail and ear buts. will help to truly make them come to life. here is a turkey fan i did today...

bigshot
06-22-2012, 12:00 AM
Not bad boys, Taxidermy is an art and you will eventually get your signature or style of work. I can usually guess the taxidermist by looking at a mount from my area.

NDHunter
06-22-2012, 05:24 AM
What are the horns mounted to? The pics make it look like some type of shiny plastic or rock?

They actually aren't attached to anything and it is a mold around the skull that I make using cheap auto body filler. I cut the horns off the skull, drill a hole through the skull plate, slide a bolt through it, and then using the body filler, I begin to make the mold like you see. It takes a fair number of applications. You have to put some on, then sand it smooth, put some more on, sand it, etc. Then when you have it shaped how you want it and it is smooth, just prime it, spray paint it, and super glue a small piece of rope around the base of the horns. Then with that bolt sticking out the back of it(a half inch is about right), you can attach it to a panel.

It takes a little bit of time to do but I think it is kind of a unique look and not something that you see very often.

tim
06-29-2012, 02:10 PM
pressure washers work really good when doing an european mount. Just make sure to have rubber boots, rain gear and glasses.

sjsmallfield
06-29-2012, 05:41 PM
pressure washers work really good when doing an european mount. Just make sure to have rubber boots, rain gear and glasses.

And don't forget to keep your mouth shut during the process! :D