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What would you do in this situation? #7374225 12/12/18 04:08 AM
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Iíve brought this up before but Iím still on the fence as to what to do?

Several years ago, I killed a deer at my buddies ranch. My first true ten point. Nothing outwardly special about the hunt but it was a good time.

A few weeks later I killed a bigger ten point and not wanting to absorb the taxidermy bill at the time I mounted the bigger one and horn mounted the other.

Fast forward to present day....the mount is hanging in my bathroom (kinda Texas themed so it fits in). I started considering mounting it again after striking out on my hunts and not having a deer at the taxidermist of my own. My taxidermist has a good south Texas cape in his freezer thst he will give me for free. When I shot the deer it rode around with me for the better part of a week before I could get it cut up, one of my buddies looked at it and said it wouldnít go 130Ē. Iím not much of a score guy so I never had it measured. I measured it tonite and it goes a tad over 140Ē.

So my dilemma is this:

Should I mount this deer or leave it in the bathroom? I have a euro mount that would fill its place perfectly.

Would a 140Ē ten point be worth mounting? Itís the 2nd or 3rd biggest whitetail Iíve taken and as it sits now I only have 2 wt shoulder mounts. There is a potential situation ahead where it may be more practical to have an additional shoulder mount than a horn mount thst doesent show off the horns well anyway ( itís one of those flat base types that lay against the wall with the horns in full charge position ) but right now getting another head in my office would require re-adjustment of a few heads, nothing more, but would create a slight imbalance.


The cost is what it is ( normal shoulder mount cost for quality work )





What to do.....???

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In my opinion, score should have nothing to do with whatever you decide. Are you mounting it to look at and personally enjoy the memories of the hunt and a beautiful animal, or to impress your buddies? Some of the best looking mounts Iíve seen have been smaller bucks, but I personally look at the quality of the taxidermy over the size of the head gear. To each their own, but Iíve never looked at a mount on someoneís wall and questioned it based on score. Iím more apt to ask for the story behind it. If itís a special deer for you, I wouldnít hesitate to take him to a taxidermist. In fact last year I dropped off a buck I shot my senior year of high school. Over seventeen years ago. I didnít have the money at the time, and his skull has set on a shelf forgotten all that time. My son was born in April, and shortly after we found out we were pregnant, I decided now was the time. That head will hang in his nursery, and I doubt heíll score 120Ē.

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I would have mounted both to start with but since you didnít Iíd just leave it as is.

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Originally Posted by cblackall
In my opinion, score should have nothing to do with whatever you decide. Are you mounting it to look at and personally enjoy the memories of the hunt and a beautiful animal, or to impress your buddies? Some of the best looking mounts Iíve seen have been smaller bucks, but I personally look at the quality of the taxidermy over the size of the head gear. To each their own, but Iíve never looked at a mount on someoneís wall and questioned it based on score. Iím more apt to ask for the story behind it. If itís a special deer for you, I wouldnít hesitate to take him to a taxidermist. In fact last year I dropped off a buck I shot my senior year of high school. Over seventeen years ago. I didnít have the money at the time, and his skull has set on a shelf forgotten all that time. My son was born in April, and shortly after we found out we were pregnant, I decided now was the time. That head will hang in his nursery, and I doubt heíll score 120Ē.



I just like to look at taxidermy. My plan is to have a well rounded taxidermy collection thst will be something of a showpiece in the home. Thatís why Iíve always opted for shoulder mounts over euro or horn mounts.

This would be a opportunity to have another representative buck in the collection

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Originally Posted by SapperTitan
I would have mounted both to start with but since you didnít Iíd just leave it as is.



In hindsight I should have but when your 25 and self employed you tend to watch your spending

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Get it mounted!!!!

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Leave it as it. Euro mount. I only have 2 shoulders and rest euro. Next mount will be 140 inch and so on. Rest euro if smaller. I love euro mounts.

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I would probably leave it and go after a bigger one....


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Re: What would you do in this situation? [Re: txtrophy85] #7374332 12/12/18 12:21 PM
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Remember to budget for your South Africa trip taxidermy.


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If you made a poll I'd vote to leave it as is. The cape wouldn't be your deer. To me that would matter.


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Iím not a shoulder mount fan. I think a horn or Euro mount is much nicer.

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My rule is that for a shoulder mount it has to be bigger than the last. Iíd leave it.


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Leave the euro as is and wait for a really big buck for the next shoulder mount.



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Re: What would you do in this situation? [Re: titan2232] #7374438 12/12/18 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by titan2232
Leave the euro as is and wait for a really big buck for the next shoulder mount.



its not a euro its just a skull cap horn mount. And I will mount the next big buck regardless

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Originally Posted by decook
If you made a poll I'd vote to leave it as is. The cape wouldn't be your deer. To me that would matter.


When I got my first mount back I pulled up a pic and said, that is not my cape! Deer I shot was very dark. Called taxi guy many use here and he said he couldn't use it and never told me. Still looks great and he didn't charge me for another cape but I wanted the dark one! trout I hope it really went bad and wasn't sold. Never seen one like that since.

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Originally Posted by scalebuster
Iím not a shoulder mount fan. I think a horn or Euro mount is much nicer.



I have 12 shoulder mounts as of now with my wifeís on the way. A little late to start the reversal

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Originally Posted by Creekrunner
Remember to budget for your South Africa trip taxidermy.



Yeah, already started planning for that.

African mounts arnt cheap

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I have never ask anyone about mounting a deer I like. They did not kill it and they are not paying for the mount. Quit being a wedgeazz and mount the deer if you like him. grin



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I'm quite the opposite. The only deer I've ever shoulder mounted was my first buck. All others to date have been euros if done at all.


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Originally Posted by stxranchman
I have never ask anyone about mounting a deer I like. They did not kill it and they are not paying for the mount. Quit being a wedgeazz and mount the deer if you like him. grin



Agree, wont make one difference to an observer, go with what you want and roll with it.


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Originally Posted by cblackall
In my opinion, score should have nothing to do with whatever you decide. Are you mounting it to look at and personally enjoy the memories of the hunt and a beautiful animal, or to impress your buddies? Some of the best looking mounts Iíve seen have been smaller bucks, but I personally look at the quality of the taxidermy over the size of the head gear. To each their own, but Iíve never looked at a mount on someoneís wall and questioned it based on score. Iím more apt to ask for the story behind it. If itís a special deer for you, I wouldnít hesitate to take him to a taxidermist. In fact last year I dropped off a buck I shot my senior year of high school. Over seventeen years ago. I didnít have the money at the time, and his skull has set on a shelf forgotten all that time. My son was born in April, and shortly after we found out we were pregnant, I decided now was the time. That head will hang in his nursery, and I doubt heíll score 120Ē.


Agree, score is a number, don't hunt for a number. Hunt for the fun, memories and friendships. If the deer makes you think of a number leave it as is but if the memories are good take it to be redone.


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If you like the shoulder mount, go ahead and get it done. You won't regret it.

You're posting about it now because you regret not already doing it...

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i'm gonna go ahead and get it done I think

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