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First deer is a Wayne County crossbow buck...

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15 minutes ago, Jeremy K said:

Just out of curiosity, what makes the cape not usable?

Technically, it was usable but the cape was only 15" at the ears with no swell at all, very similar to that of an early summer buck.  One of the ears was damaged fairly badly and there was a huge, gaping hole in the back of the neck just behind the head.  It would have looked ridiculous mounted with that cape. The hunter and I both agreed that a new cape would be the better option for a quality mount. Both of us would have preferred to have used the actual cape obviously...

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1 hour ago, WNY Bowhunter said:

Technically, it was usable but the cape was only 15" at the ears with no swell at all, very similar to that of an early summer buck.  One of the ears was damaged fairly badly and there was a huge, gaping hole in the back of the neck just behind the head.  It would have looked ridiculous mounted with that cape. The hunter and I both agreed that a new cape would be the better option for a quality mount. Both of us would have preferred to have used the actual cape obviously...

I've seen a few that fell into the same category  over the years in our local excellent taxi's workshop . They had to make the same decisions of new cape or original. The taxi had an In with a taxi and a couple outfitters in Canada to get a cape that matched the size of the original deer . Up there a lot of hunters dont bother with mounts and only get skull caps. So the taxi keeps the capes and sells them. They weren't cheap. It was somewhere around $250 to $300 depending on size 5 or 6 years ago. Most hunters went that route and bought the cape. 

  But there was one buck that stood out and was left original . It was a 12 point 260lb  monster with a huge thick rack that was shot in Maine. He had the scars , but no big holes. That taxi did a beautiful job on him mounting his eyes with a slight squint looking back at you and coming in for a fight.  Staring at him you were happy he was dead and he wasn't going to be able to gore you . LOL . We nicknamed him " The Warrior " 

Beautiful job as always on the Red Wall Bucks ! 

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2 minutes ago, SportsmanNH said:

I've seen a few that fell into the same category  over the years in our local excellent taxi's workshop . They had to make the same decisions of new cape or original. The taxi had an In with a taxi and a couple outfitters in Canada to get a cape that matched the size of the original deer . Up there a lot of hunters dont bother with mounts and only get skull caps. So the taxi keeps the capes and sells them. They weren't cheap. It was somewhere around $250 to $300 depending on size 5 or years ago. Most hunters went that route and bought the cape. 

  But there was one buck that stood out and was left original . It was a 12 point 260lb  monster with a huge thick rack that was shot in Maine. He had the scars , but no big holes. That taxi did a beautiful job on him mounting his eyes with a slight squint looking back at you and coming in for a fight.  Staring at him you were happy he was dead and he wasn't going to be able to gore you . LOL . We nicknamed him " The Warrior " 

Beautiful job as always on the Red Wall Bucks ! 

Yep, they aren't cheap. A large 20" plus cape can sell for S250+ tanned. I don't tan my own capes...to have each hide split/turned and tanned runs me $125 a pop!

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Red barn and your skills never disappoint. Great deer. I waited 2 years to find a donor cape so the taxidermist didn't have to order one. Thought we were never going to find one to match to pedical size without trimming a lot and having it look off. Ended up just ordering one.

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8 minutes ago, dbHunterNY said:

Red barn and your skills never disappoint. Great deer. I waited 2 years to find a donor cape so the taxidermist didn't have to order one. Thought we were never going to find one to match to pedical size without trimming a lot and having it look off. Ended up just ordering one.

I get as many bigger spares as I can but still end up falling short every season it seems.

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