You can mount a deer head at home or pay a professional taxidermist big bucks to do it. Either way, the result will be a beautiful addition to your home that displays the fruits of your hunt. While some people cringe at head mounts, there are many styles that look natural. Depending on the type of deer and the nature of the kill, choose the mount that's right for your home and your budget.
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People rarely mount just the head of a deer, but the head is often the most impressive part. A head mount consists of either the head itself or the head and neck stuffed and hung on the wall. If you get just the head mounted, it sometimes looks unsettling because it's not a natural look. The mount will literally look like a decapitated head. Getting the head and neck mounted is a less morbid mount that better displays the deer's antlers. For a basic head mount, attach it to a wooden plaque or board for display.
A cape mount costs more than a basic head mount and shows the deer all the way to its shoulders. Sometimes known as shoulder mounts, cape mounts provide more pose options. A cape mount can show the deer's head lowered, raised or turned to the side. Another common cape mount has the deer's head straight out with its nose extended in what's called a sneak position. Cape mounts take up more space on the wall, but they emphasise the majesty of the deer's head and antlers.
Rather than paying a taxidermists for a stuffed head mount, you can make a skull head mount yourself. Skull mounts add a country or Western feel to a home and show the deer's antlers. To make a skull mount, skin the deer's head and remove flesh, tissue and brain matter. Clean the skull with borax, bleach or other cleaners and let it dry until the skull is dry and white. Then, simply hang it on the wall or nail it to a board. A skull head mount doesn't show the animal's natural appearance, but it adds a rustic quality to any room.
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