Quick history: Kodiak goat hunt this year was good, nice heavy large billy, but unfortunately had a rubbed out cape. I shot the billy on the pretense that the cape was dirty, not rubbed off.
Anyway, I had to purchase a goat cape for the taxidermy (shoulder mount). The cape is good, but my taxidermist thought I was a bit nuts for asking him to cut the left ear off 1/2 way to the head. The billy I shot had his left ear presumably frost-bitten off so only half of it was left.
Am I nutz, or would all/any of you do this to the mount? Yes, it will look imperfect on the wall, and yes, it will require an explanation which I will be glad to tell, again and again.
Granted, I only take it so far, or I would mount the billy with his "baldy" cape. I'm not about to shear his hair to match, but I thought the ear would be cool.
Do any of you hide the natural blemishes of the animals you shoot, or leave them exposed, on display?