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Suggestions for mule deer shoulder mount
Looking for pics, or suggestions on a mule deer shoulder mount. Positions, if you have name of position or model of form that would be great too
I do my own taxidermy work, including several Mule deer. I've always liked the Jonas Art Series forms in the semi-sneak positions. Whether it's facing left, right, or straight depends on where you hang it, and how it will be viewed.
Semi sneak slight right turn
Semi sneak is usually a good bet for mounts.
I really like the wall pedestal mounts
This one was a little different. Had the taxidermist cut and turn him looking back hard.
Do a google search of Mule deer mounts and click on images and you will see a lot of choices.
Be aware, not all forms are created equal. A lot of forms lack detail, which shows in the final product, unless the taxidermist creates the detail. In my experience, Jonas Brothers has the best Mule deer forms, probably because they are a Colorado-based company. I think they sold out to McKenzie, but McKenzie retained the same lines of Jonas forms.
Do you have a good idea where you’re going to hang it, and how high? IMO, deer that are hung up higher that on a basic 8’ wall, look better if you have the taxidermist alter the form and tilt the head down 10-15 degrees. Otherwise you can’t see the facial features and details nearly as well. You end up just looking at the animal’s chin on a non altered form.
Definitely select a place where you plan on displaying the mount as the turn will compliment the deer when looking at it.
"Be aware, not all forms are created equal. A lot of forms lack detail, which shows in the final product, unless the taxidermist creates the detail."
A lot of good suggestions. Rather than focusing on the "form" I would focus on a taxidermist who has produced outstanding mule deer mounts. Something that will make you smile every time you look at it.
Take a look at wall pedestal forms. They have more shoulder in the form and look a lot more life-like than just a head and neck on the wall.
I use a lot of wall pedestals. Probably my favorite for deer and antelope. You can also get a whitetail manikin and use a mule deer change out head. Just get the neck measurements to match the cape. A lot more options this way.
Never been a big fan of full sneak (or bugling bulls either) but it was the pose this buck was in the moment I shot him, and he looks pretty good.
Treeline x 2. I like wall peds. Both wall pedestals, but the one on the left is more noticeable.
My Taxi tweeked this mount for a little more down left turn.
Man boys, those are some beautiful deer.
Big Mulies are hard to come by.
I like wall pedestals also.
Lou will you guide me for mulies in Colorado? I need a big buck and with the point system these days it’ll be one and done in that state.