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Criteria for a mount #2637256 10/06/11 03:20 PM
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What kind of buck does it take for you to pony up the money for a shoulder mount?

Do you mount every buck you shoot?



Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: HuntnFly67] #2637274 10/06/11 03:25 PM
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For me, they have to be progressively larger or extremely unique.
Mounted my first buck, a bigger 8, a 9, and then two tens.

The next shoulder mount I have done will be my first bow buck, 145" or better deer, a significant droptine, or a good double main beam deer.


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Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: HuntnFly67] #2637282 10/06/11 03:28 PM
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Anything I think will look good as a conversation piece.


Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: rifleman] #2637290 10/06/11 03:31 PM
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the ones that mean the most to you, unless your loaded...then just mount them all for the fun of it haha


Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: Navasot] #2637294 10/06/11 03:33 PM
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1. Bigger than anything else I have on the wall.
2. Something unique or different from what I already have.

These are also my rules for shooting any "trophy" buck. If I am not going to put it on the wall, I would rather shoot an old cull or a doe.




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Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: GOLDSTEIN] #2637299 10/06/11 03:35 PM
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First Buck (not a spike) gets mounted. After that it has to be interesting or exceptional.


Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: HuntnFly67] #2637451 10/06/11 04:39 PM
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We sorta have an unwritten rule: "shoot a trophy and you shoulder mount it, period." Take your meat from the does and culls. On our place a trophy class deer is usually a 6.5+ year old buck that is not a management deer (by our standards). Over the last 7-8 years trophies have ranged from 140"-173".


Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: Grosvenor] #2637530 10/06/11 05:15 PM
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Whichever one means something to me. Like first buck, larger than the last, good character, etc. What do yall do with the ones you don't mount?



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Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: BuckRage] #2637596 10/06/11 05:35 PM
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Over 140" and he's going on the wall. Got a 133" 8 that I wish I would have.



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Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: TxAg] #2637638 10/06/11 05:49 PM
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European mounts are cheap enough and look nice on the wall around shoulder mounted deer. That's what I do with bucks from management hunts. This is the start of my man cave.




Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: Jacob645] #2637660 10/06/11 06:00 PM
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i wont shoot it unless its going on the wall



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Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: mustafa] #2637679 10/06/11 06:05 PM
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whats a shoulder or neck mount going for these days?





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Originally Posted By: JonesFisher
whats a shoulder or neck mount going for these days?


a good one is about $550.

i won't shoot something unless I'ma mount it(other than a cull).

Deer (for me)has to be someting of either unique character or a certain size.

I didn't get a deer mounted till i was 20, but after that I was hooked.



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Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: txtrophy85] #2637767 10/06/11 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85

I didn't get a deer mounted till i was 20, but after that I was hooked.


I actually do not have a single WT sholder mounted yet. I have 3 that will get done sooner or later. I shot all 3 when I was younger, and I did not have the cash to pay for a taxi bill.

Deer #1 (142" 12 pt - main frame 10 with split G2s - very dark chocolate rack)

Deer #2 (147" 10 pt - typical South Texas looking 10 pt - 21.5" wide)

Deer #3 (157" 11 pt - love the shape of the rack, and it is my best deer yet)

Actually finally found the perfect cull to shoot last year for a cape for Deer #3. Unfortunately a contractor working in my house left my freezer unplugged, and the cape was ruined.




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Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: GOLDSTEIN] #2637785 10/06/11 06:44 PM
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I will mount something that was a from a memorable hunt. Rattle, stalk, long stalk, size, unique, etc and it all depends on the hunt and the region. I have over 30 WT and 5 Mule Deer mounts now not including euros. I do not mount every buck I shoot, to many culls.



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Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: stxranchman] #2637794 10/06/11 06:48 PM
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It has to be bigger than my last one, or very unique.


Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: Justin T] #2637890 10/06/11 07:26 PM
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I think my wife will decide.....


Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: Jacob645] #2637891 10/06/11 07:26 PM
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My shoulder mount was 300. Very good quality, just have to know the right people. My guy does it as a side job. But as with all taxidermy, only time will tell. European mounts are free if you have the time and the stomach. wink I'm excited to get mine from last year back this weekend. Took a little longer since I killed it on the very last day of season.


Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: Jacob645] #2637942 10/06/11 07:48 PM
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I'm looking to get my first one with what I take this season. I quit hunting when I was 17 for various reasons, turned 31 today and this is my third season back. I did kill a 8pt my first hour of the first day back hunting three years ago but he was small.


Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: clharr] #2638097 10/06/11 08:48 PM
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For me, they have to be bigger than what I have. The only exception would be a nice bow buck, but only because I mostly shoot doe and a few cull spikes with my bow and haven't had the opportunity for a good buck while bow hunting. However, I do have an understanding wife and have 8 bucks on the wall at home. As a matter of fact there are 8 bucks, 2 ducks, a pheasant, bobcat, two chucker, a rattlesnake, one european mount buck, and a turkey fan all in either the living room or my son's room and he hasn't even gotten up to hunting age yet. Help's that my dad has done taxidermy as a side job for the past 30 years.


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Originally Posted By: Novemberyet
I think my wife will decide.....


rofl.....Mine too!!



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My wife decides too. Last night she decided that I need to put something on the right side of the TV to balance it out cause theres a deer on the other side. Well ok honey I'll do what I can. Oh if my boy kills it she thinks it has to go on the wall, ducks, turkeys, bobcats, dont matter.


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Originally Posted By: GOLDSTEIN
1. Bigger than anything else I have on the wall.
2. Something unique or different from what I already have.

These are also my rules for shooting any "trophy" buck. If I am not going to put it on the wall, I would rather shoot an old cull or a doe.

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Im pulling for you to get an elk mount.. Bull jump your partner next time like it was a banded duck. grin


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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85

I didn't get a deer mounted till i was 20, but after that I was hooked.


I actually do not have a single WT sholder mounted yet. I have 3 that will get done sooner or later. I shot all 3 when I was younger, and I did not have the cash to pay for a taxi bill.

Deer #1 (142" 12 pt - main frame 10 with split G2s - very dark chocolate rack)

Deer #2 (147" 10 pt - typical South Texas looking 10 pt - 21.5" wide)

Deer #3 (157" 11 pt - love the shape of the rack, and it is my best deer yet)

Actually finally found the perfect cull to shoot last year for a cape for Deer #3. Unfortunately a contractor working in my house left my freezer unplugged, and the cape was ruined.



Re: Criteria for a mount [Re: Novemberyet] #2638583 10/07/11 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted By: Novemberyet
I think my wife will decide.....


my wife decides what shades and blinds we have.

animals are up to me.

have 5 in the living room right now, # 6 is at the taxi now and hope to add number 7 this year!


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