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Postby ShootnMathews » Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:21 pm

So I had a bunch of decent bucks in freezerS. Some are from as long as 4 years ago. They are all nice bucks, but not "mounting" nice. So I finally learned to do European mounts myself after a little reading and Youtubing. I did 6 whitetails bucks all together. An 8 point, four 9 points and a 10 point. After cleaning all the heads ( which my wife greatly appreciated since she now can use her deep freeze for food and such) I had deer heads laying everywhere which is just a good way to break one. I really like the way the "Skull Hooker" device holds you mount upright in a natural position , but being a little apprehensive about dropping the cash for 6 of them. I decided to do what I always do under similar circumstances, make them myself. Took all of 5 minutes a hook to cut and weld myself and cost me a whopping $2 a hook. A piece of rough cut barn wood later and I have, in my opinion, a sharp looking display.
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In that picture the buck on the far left is not bleached. I just harvested him 9 days ago. I also had one 9 point buck that due to lack of freezer space had been hanging in a tree for 11 months. I won't go into how disgusting that was to clean, but it still had a very pungent odor to it. So I needed another solution. My wife found a tutorial on how to make your own hydro dipping paint and apply. I figured that would at least minimize the stinch. And it worked beautifully in my opinion.
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So tell me what you all think?
If any of you have any questions about how I made the hooks or did the paint, just hit me with them.

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Postby jaysny87 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:22 am

That looks pretty awesome man. That's funny about the stinky one. Let us know how the hydro dipping turns out. Sounds like a good solution to she stench.
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Postby ShootnMathews » Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:45 am

Thanks man. The hydro turned out great. The pic of a single head is it. I went for a desert tan base with brown and black blotching. I'm happy with it. Nice glossy finish to it. I may try to do a stock sometime.
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Postby Fung_13 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:00 pm

Nice!!! They look awesome!!!!
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Postby ShootnMathews » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:17 pm

Thanks fung. I appreciate it.
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Postby Marauder 1 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:43 pm

Looks awesome, I would love to have some of those on my wall but here in CA the dear are so small due to drought that it wouldn't be worth it.

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Re: More projects, deer heads this time......

Postby ShootnMathews » Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:45 am

This spring here was the wettest I've ever seen from March to mid June. Then it seemed like we didn't get a drop thru September. Very weird year for rain here. The acorns did terrible. Which will make a tough winter for the deer.
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