Different Mounts for Deer Heads

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Different Mounts for Deer Heads
A deer head mount is a hunter's trophy. (Red Deer image by Steve Mutch from Fotolia.com)

A deer head mount is the accomplished deer hunter's ultimate trophy. A skilled taxidermist can take the harvested animal and transform it into a lifelike mount suitable for display. The hunter can decide how much of the deer's original appearance he wants to capture by choosing deer mount that best matches mental image of the deer.

Types of Mounts

A full-body mount is just what it sounds like. The taxidermist skins the entire deer and stretches it over a full form of a deer. This is typically done only for fawns, as the finished product takes up a lot of space and is an expensive undertaking, but a skilled taxidermist with the right equipment can do a full-body mount of even the biggest buck. Other alternatives include a head and shoulder mount, a head and neck mount, an antler mount, or a European mount. The European mount is the skull and antlers only. None of the deer skin is used.

Pedestals and Plaques

Deer heads are typically mounted on either a pedestal or on a plaque that can be hung on the wall. Plaque sizes and finishes vary as do the prices. You can decide how much of the plaque you want exposed, the finish, the shape and the quality of plaque Some plaques even double as gun racks. You may also choose to have a brass plate attached with details of the harvest engraved. Information such as when the deer was killed and by whom is typical. The pedestal stands on a floor or tabletop, or you can choose a wall pedestal. The highlight of the pedestal mount is the 3-D effect it gives the animal.


Perhaps more difficult to choose and definitely most difficult to accomplish is the appearance of the mounted deer head. How the deer head is posed, if the mouth is opened or closed and how the eyes are positioned in the head are all instrumental to how real the final mount looks. An accomplished taxidermist will work with you to give your deer the appearance that you envision.


Deer do not always leave the woods in pristine condition. Bullet holes, old scars, and broken points can mar that finished look you had in mind for your trophy. For an additional fee, the taxidermist can do a lot to repair the damage and make the deer head as lifelike as possible.

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