No I’m not talking about doing a full shoulder mount or tanning skins. I’m just wanted to share a few of the mounts I have done up myself. These are some pictures a couple of the animals I have taken over the years and the unique mounts I used to display them on the wall.
This first one is of a velvet archery buck I took in 2004, I’m not a big fan of just attaching a skull plate to a board, I like more of a natural position for my mounts. I boiled the skull (outside as to upset the wife) of this little buck and made a European mount. Then I put him on some old weathered looking wood at a 45 degree angle to provide a more natural looking position for the antlers.
Next one is from my rifle bear from 2004. I put him on the same mount as the buck above but this time I left the bottom jaw attached and mounted it with his mouth open. I also added the bullet I pulled out of him and glued the two biggest pieces on the wood.
The last one I want to share is of the archery bull I took in 2006. I took a piece of red oak and cut out an old flint arrowhead shape. I rounded it off with a wood rasp and stained it a dark red oak color. I cut the skull from the back of the head to the tip of the nose and mounted it flat to the oak. I measured the angle on this mount so the main beams would run up parallel to the wall.
I hope these mounts show you some different possibilities for you own DYI mounts. Straying away from the traditional skull plate on the wall adding more unique designs that keep your trophy truly one of a kind.