Brassfield taxidermy in Memphis Missouri.
He usually keeps a few on hand. He currently has both of my deer from this year. Not sure if he can help with high 20's but it's worth a shot. Did something happen to the cape of the deer you shot in Iowa?
The story is a little more complicated. So this December I killed a 169 gross whitetail in Iowa...I knew the neck was huge, but it was right at dusk so we are looking at a dead deer in a bean field in low light. We got it out and caped it that night.....so never really had a great look at the deer. Just knew it had a huge neck.
So back in VA I give it to my taxidermist....he fleshes it out and calls me....first thing he says is that the cape looks like an elk cape (figure he's exaggerating a little) and he also tells me the cape has a lot of area where the tips of the hair are broken from fighting or fences. I tell him to mount it because I want the mount to look like the deer when I shot it.
Well I went to his shop and looked at it on the form about 2 weeks ago.... it's the biggest 9600 form McKenzie makes and the cape fits onto it with ease. As I recall the D measurement was 32 1/2 and the eye to nose was 9" or so. Next to the other deer in the shop this one dwarfs them all.... it's crazy big...and the 169 mainframe 5x5 and 19" wide inside looks small and spindly on the deer. Next the cape looks pretty rough as the tips of the hairs are broken so you have more than a few areas where the underlying hairs are showing (that gray color) against the brown cape.
So my dilemma...do I live with it or do I have him remount it on a smaller cape so the rack looks better and I eliminate all the bad spots on the current cape. Hard emotional decision for me.
So I am on the fence as to what to do, and thought I'd start off by seeing if I could find a good replacement cape....not as big as my original deer but with nice hair and a bright throat patch.
So that's the story...