Taking Care of Deer Mounts
The first step in taking care of taxidermy deer mounts is to ensure it is not subjected to extreme heat. The number one place to avoid is over or around a fireplace, it may look good but will make your deer mount deteriorate faster. The other place to avoid is anywhere where your mount will get direct sunlight, as the sun will fade the hide.
To keep deer mounts looking good is easy, simply wipe the dust off gently with a brush working with the hairs and not against them. For hard to reach dust, gently use compressed air to blow off the dust.
If you want the deer mount to have a realistic shine, project the hairs and keep dust from collecting, you can use a horse spray. To achieve this, spray the deer mount then brush the hairs gently, ensure to use a brush that won’t leave lines, if not you can use a clean cloth instead.
For the eyes, use a small amount of glass cleaner and a q-tip and rub the cleaner on the glass eyes. This will give them a clean and glossy look.
Lastly, to complete the look, let’s not overlook the antlers. Combine a 50/50 mix of oil soap and water. It helps keep antlers from drying out and becoming chalky. Apply the solution to the bases with an old toothbrush to get into the tight spots.
Shoulder Mount Positions
There are several options to choose when it comes to deer mount forms. Below is the four most popular positions:
- Upright: The classic deer mount, it is a proud position normally mounted with alert ears and a slight turn to the left or right to accentuate the antlers. It is important to note that this pose needs to be hung lower on the wall but it does not stick out too far.
- Semi Sneak: Is a relaxed pose that can be created with a small or large head turn. This position allows for the ears to be mounted either alert, relaxed, or one of each. This pose allows for the mount to be higher on the wall, but note that it does stick out farther than the upright mount.
- Full Sneak: This is the most relaxed pose and can have ears that alert or relaxed. Not as popular as the Upright and Semi Sneak but a good change up from the typical poses. It can be hung the highest on the wall but also extends the farthest from the wall.
- Sweep Sneak: It shows a stretched-out, muscular rut neck with deep shoulders. The parallel neck position keeps the antlers lower for better ceiling clearance, though the deer also extends out into the room more. It resembles a buck in pursuit of a doe, so a curling lip or open mouth is a good artistic touch.
All-Taxidermy is a small, family-owned company headquartered in Wrightstown, Wisconsin, and we have been providing superior service and products to residents of the area for the past five years and more. A natural extension of the caring and respect we demonstrate to all our customers is the fact that we take great pride in each and every job we do for them. Whether we’re treating a tiny squirrel or a majestic wild moose, we infuse the same level of pride and care into doing the job right and making the finished product look like a work of art. We try hard to make our services available to everyone, and we strive to complete every job in the shortest time frame possible, without compromising aesthetic requirements. That means you can expect your product to be shipped at the soonest date possible, and to arrive with the most professionally-done look.