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East Texas Droptine 08-19-2008 09:04 PM

Ok....this may be a silly question, but I don't know the answer so here have more than likely seen on hunting shows when they finally shoot the buck/deer and they do a 'set up' where the buck's head is 'frozen' in the air (the hunter doesn't even have to hold onto the head to hold it up, well sometimes with 2 fingures)....perfect for the picture....I know that when things die after a certain amount of time they become very stiff....but do the hunters have to sit there and hold up the head for that magical time period until that condition takes effect (the name of the condition escapes me) if you can please give me some insight to this picture taking magic I would appreciate it....:photo:

hoodlum38261 08-19-2008 11:58 PM

I know the name of the condition is called rigormortis. Other than that I don't have a clue either.

BruceBruce1959 08-20-2008 06:52 AM

If you've seen pics being taken of hunters that don't have to hold up the deers head then I have no clue how they pull that one off BUT when a man props up a deers head to take a picture once the head is in position it doesnt take much efffort to hold it for a good photo in most cases it' easily held with just a couple fingers and a thumb.

I know of one photographers trick is to have the hunter grab that skin behind the deers neck to hold the head in place and NOT grab the antlers at all. I hope this helps...

East Texas Droptine 08-20-2008 07:48 AM

Thanks...I was watching The Bucks of Tecomate or Texas Trophy Hunters or some hunting show in Texas and they clearly where not holding on the buck when the camera man walked up to him and the buck's head couldn't be any higher in the air....

BruceBruce1959 08-20-2008 08:00 AM

Could it have been a Full Mount ? by the way, the stiffening of a dead deer or even a dead person is called Rigor Mortise BUT in order for the deer to be that stiff I think it would have to be held in that position for probably 36 to 48 hours that's just a guess but I bet it would be close to that long if not a little longer.

East Texas Droptine 08-20-2008 08:47 AM

No it had the full body and everything attached to it, they just shot it and the camera man was going to meet the hunter.....I don't know, maybe they use some string or something and tie the head up tto a rock or sticks....I've seen alot of people take photos using sticks to hold the head up, maybe that's it:confused:
K, I found this pic on the internet......I know it doesn't take just a whole lot of power to lift the head but with only the tips of your fingures? IDK

ronn 08-20-2008 10:00 AM

i think folding their front legs up under them makes it real easy to keep the head up but thats just a thought that could be wrong.

joel the signman 08-20-2008 10:10 AM

hes probably counter balancing it the weight on the legs keeps it from falling forward and its actually leaning into his hand,would be my when you hold a baby while it's in your lap

East Texas Droptine 11-27-2008 12:25 PM

I've found out some more info on the head holding up thing...after field dressing they put the buck into a freezer for pictures and the next day his head is "frozen" but Rigor Mortise does most of the work....

wmi 11-27-2008 12:33 PM

Man!! That is a huge buck!

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