First, I'd like to give a shout out to AlwaysInspired who posted a very cute and realistic "trophy" a while back (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282558.0). There's a similar story to my craft: my father has been hunting for a while and never killed anything. I had a theory that he just climbed a tree and took a nap! Well all that changed this year, so I felt compelled to commemorate the event. I knew my mother would never allow a real-live dead animal in the house, thus "Blackie" was born (he was shot in Blackstock, SC).
I was going for a crafty, toy-like feel. The pattern is completely from scratch and my first attempt at a "3-D" sewing project. It's felt (two kidney bean shapes a rectangle and trapezoid for his nose/forehead with a dart in the back, all sewn onto a cylinder shape), positionable antlers and ears (lined with floral wire), stuffed with fiber-fill. I inserted a styrofoam cone into the neck for stability and lined with fiber-fill. Everything is glued to a stained wood plaque. Oak leaves and an acorn are lining the neck. The eyes are buttons. At any rate, I can elaborate on any of this upon request!
Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!