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DIY Taxidermy ideas

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.

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Good job on the mounts. I

Good job on the mounts. I have a couple myself. I'll post some pics when I find them.

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Hey looks good.

I like to do horn mounts in the spring. Heres a 320 class elk my freinds son shot in NM on a 2009 youth hunt, i was going to do a head mount for him, but he said it wouldn't fit in his bedroom, so I did a panel mount insted. 

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Unit 23 NM

I found the boys pic. with the elk.

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Nice one

Thats a nice bull in anyones book... i just hope my son gets his first one this year

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That's good work on the

That's good work on the plaque, Hoggetter.

Nice bull for the young boy. I bet he was happy. I'd like to shoot one like that here soon. It wil have to wait to next year though.

Lastly, JEFF GORDON, really! Come on, a Jeff Gordon fan. I thought you had decent head on your shoulders...Just kidding you..LOL

Here are the pics I was talking about in the earlier post. The first is an artificial sckull plate that you srew the horns onto. Plate is expensive, but easy to do. You can buy it at any of the taxidermy supply companies. The others were boiled, painted and placed on plaques.

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Looks good guys!

Looks good guys! Thumbs up

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ECU Thats one tall whitetail

ECU

Thats one tall whitetail you added to your avitar.

I went out archery blacktail and bear hunting this morning and found a 350 - 400lbs bear eating in a berry bush, i stocked into 30yds but couldnt find a good hole to thread a arrow into, I waited for him to come out and the wind swirled and he bolted out of site. I almost had a nice bear rug.

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Thanks, Hoggetter. That's

Thanks, Hoggetter. That's what I said when he came out of the woods 500 yds away. I knew he was tall and had pretty good mass from his first appearance. I couldn't let him walk. He's a good deer for this part of the country. We had seen him once before the season while he was in velvet. The only other time he was seen was when I shot him in late Nov.

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I have gotten really good at

I have gotten really good at doing Euro mounts the last couple years but I haven't been good about finding unique ways to display them. I made a pine log pedestal for my first deer but other than that I haven't come up with anything. I'll have to try your guys' method.

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pressure washing

I see a lot of you guys boil your skulls.  I was just wondering if you have ever tried pressure washing.  I used to boil mine but it stunk to high heaven and getting the cooked flesh off was tough at times.  The last few I did I used the pressure washer and they came out clean as a whistle.  I just used a knife, cleaned it up as good as I could, scored it and went to town.  Probably took about an hour total.  Then in some peroxide and sealed.  Also, if you're looking for different ideas some guys out east here actually camo dip skulls.  The turn out pretty cool.  It's the same method used to dip guns.

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