Is that a eastern tom? Very nice long beard looks close to 10"
It is indeed an Eastern Tom. The beard was 9.5 inches. The same friend that guided me through the hunt is also mounting the tail and beard. It may not be a great bird (not that I'd know) but its my first and it will be hung in a special place.
I am hooked.
Going again this saturday to see if I can get another. A couple of grad students from NC State University are going to film the hunt. They are majoring in forestry and wildlife or something along those lines. Not sure what the film will be used for but I want a copy
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...