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Taxidermist's Time Lapse Shows the Process of Mounting a Deer From Start to Finish

YouTube: Art of Taxidermy

There's more work involved in taxidermy than you may realize.

Plenty of hunters have a piece of taxidermy or two hanging up on their walls. Whether that be a simple deer shoulder mount, a fish or even a gigantic moose. These displays make for great conversation pieces and are a great way to honor the memory of a fallen came animal.

Most hunters simply drop their deer off at the taxidermist and don't see the animal again until some time later when the taxidermist is done with the finished product. We don't really see all the work that goes into the mounting of any game animal.

If you were ever curious about the process of mounting a deer, this taxidermist ended up filming a time lapse of the process. He's got a big Canadian whitetail on his work bench and he films the entire process from cape preparation to final finishing touches. It's makes for a fascinating watch.

We always knew there was a certain amount of craftsmanship and artistry involved with taxidermy. However, we never really thought about all the intricacies involved with bringing a dead deer back to life in this way. Just the cape preparation alone seemed to take a long time, especially with it being split in the back.

Then there were all the fine details he added with putty or epoxy to replicate the things like muscle and blood vessels under the animal's skin. He spent a ton of time concentrating on getting the eyes right. We've always heard that's one of the more challenging parts of any mount. If the taxidermist doesn't get the eyes right, the whole mount will look off. We're sure everyone has seen mounts in the past that are like that.

This was truly an awesome buck and this taxidermist did an excellent job making this deer look alive again. The hunter who puts this buck on his or her wall will surely get many years of enjoyment staring at that beast on the wall!

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Taxidermist's Time Lapse Shows the Process of Mounting a Deer From Start to Finish