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Taxidermy for whitetails

Does anyone do their own taxidermy?

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I do ,or use to do fish. I have helped a friend of mine who is a retired taxidermist with deer heads.

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I've played with it a bit but have trouble fleshing the lips. Any tips? That's my last big hang up before I move on to putting it on the maniquin.

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It's been a while but I remember splitting them with a razor knife.

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Check this site out. It use to be very helpful to me.

http://www.taxidermy.net/forums/

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Jim That forum or page doesnt seem very user friendly... I really couldnt find my way around to well on there

What exactly does it mean to split lips..Ive heard it several times but dont get it?

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The best I can explain it would be once you have cut the flesh away from the jaw or gums then you are left with the outter flesh and then the inside of the mouth flesh and in between these 2 is a layer of meat which needs to be fleshed out. The problem is it is very thin and delicate and hard for me at least to know how much to cut off before I put a hole in the outer lip. Once the lips are split then you tuck the inside flesh into the mouth opening to finish off the mouth.

I think I just confused myself. Think Did that make any sense?
Too many Budweisers I think lol

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Makes sense to me but I've been into the Bush lights myself : )

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Ill leave it to my taxidermist lol

I can tan a hide, but when it somes to noses and mouths...Im screwed

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I don't, but I'd be interested in learning how.

I think it would be a fun way to make a few extra "bucks."

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I wish I did, I'd have last year's deer back by now. Brick Wall,)

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Hi Dave , it is a lot of work and takes a lot of practice to have them come out looking right and having them hold up over time. If you use a good shop it will take a while to get it back but will be worth the wait it in the long run. When you bring a head to a shop price and time to complete should not be the deciding factor. The good places usually charge more and because they have so much work it will take longer to get it back.

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