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#5698055 - 04/13/15 04:39 PM Antler Mount Suggestions
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Bird Dog

Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 391
Loc: Frisco, TX
Back in December 2000, I killed the biggest (and probably last) deer of my life as a guest on a lease near Cotulla. This was one of those deals where there was someone to cook for us, takes us to our stands, and also clean our deer. The 8-point I killed was large, and one of the guys on the ranch simply cut the top of the deer's skull off around the antlers before asking me if I might want to do something different with the head.

That set of antlers is still in my garage, and I'd like to do something with them so that I can hang them on the fireplace at home. Does anyone have any suggestions, or am I SOL on this?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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#5698098 - 04/13/15 04:54 PM Re: Antler Mount Suggestions [Re: Budgeteer]
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Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
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If you are wanting to mount on a shoulder mount, any taxi can get you a new cape. There are euro skull mount kits you can re-mount the antlers to so they will look like an euro mount.
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#5698851 - 04/14/15 01:28 AM Re: Antler Mount Suggestions [Re: Budgeteer]
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Woodsman

Registered: 08/23/14
Posts: 192
Yep you can still mount it. You just have to get another cape, which your taxidermist can help with.

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#5699665 - 04/14/15 01:31 PM Re: Antler Mount Suggestions [Re: Budgeteer]
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Registered: 03/24/14
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All the above is correct....you have three options:
1. Have an antler mount on a plaque where taxidermist cover the skull plate
2. Have the taxidermist do a European Mount using a kit with a skull plate slot or even a real skull (he'd have to cut your antlers off the skull plate to do the later)
3. have the taxidermist get you a cape (you pay extra for that) and have him do a shoulder mount.

My only advice is to do your research and get references on taxidermists before you select one....and low price is usually not a good option. Go look at their work.

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#5700116 - 04/14/15 06:36 PM Re: Antler Mount Suggestions [Re: Budgeteer]
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If its what you say it is and you want to keep the memories fresh in your mind you need to get a cape and get it mounted. I can look at all my deer on the wall and each one has its own special memory that is unforgettable. When you kill a deer it leaves a permanent impression on your brain that is easily remembered when you look at it in the wall. Makes for some good memories and conversation. I have a texas capes if you need one.
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#5709654 - 04/21/15 07:28 AM Re: Antler Mount Suggestions [Re: Budgeteer]
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 391
Loc: Frisco, TX
Thanks for all of the replies. I've got some good info to start with.
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