An elegantly mounted deer skull is a tribute to a hunter’s skill and perseverance. Most hunters reserve the head and neck of trophy bucks and have a taxidermist mount them to wooden plaques that display the beauty and grace of the animals. Deer mounts are often used for decoration, and add a rustic touch to any room.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape Deer mount Stud finder Pencil Mounting bracket Drill Screws Level
Select a location for the deer mount. Most mounts are placed on walls or over fireplace mantels, so decide what location in your home is best suited for the mount. If you frequently entertain visitors who might be offended by the mount, it should be placed in a den or recreation room not used by company.
Measure the height and width of the mount. Measure the spread of the antlers, from the outside edge of the left side of the antlers to the outside edge of the right side. Determine the length of the mount by measuring from the bottom of the mounting base to the top of the tallest antler spike. These measurements will give you a guideline of how much space you need for the mount.
Use the stud finder to locate the studs in the area you’ve chosen for the mount. Most deer mounts are quite heavy and will damage your wall if not mounted through a stud. Lightly mark each stud with a pencil.
Hold the mounting bracket flush against the wall and use the power drill to attach it by driving screws into the stud. Lay the level on top of the mounting bracket to make sure it is even.
Hang the mount on the bracket. There should be a support bar attached to the back of the mount that fits onto the bracket. Slide the mount onto the support bracket and pull down gently until it will not move any further. Step back and look at the mount, moving it slightly to the left or right if it is not centered.
Tips & Warnings
- Clean your deer mount often to keep it looking new. You can use a shop vacuum to remove dust and cobwebs from the fur and antlers. You can decorate your mount for special occasions. Lights and banners can be hung from the antlers for events such as holidays and birthdays.
- Photo Credit Palace interior in Prague. Passage. Deers heads and horns. image by Peter Ivanov from Fotolia.com