7 Different Deer Taxidermy Options and Their Costs

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Which of these DIY taxidermy choices is your go-to deer mount option?

Taxidermy has a rich history in North America. It’s been part of our deer hunting heritage for hundreds of years. Many people have had deer hanging on their walls for generations.

See, deer mounts aren't just trophies as some people falsely believe. They’re preserved memories. They’re something to spark thoughts of past hunts as we look back on days of years gone by. They’re encapsulations of hunts we shared with family, friends and adventures alone in the wild. They're a part of deer hunting.

Here are some options, what they cost, and how you can keep your adventures afield alive long after they’re over.

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Antler Mount

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1 | Antler Mount

Commercial Price Range: $50-$75

DIY Price Range: $10-$25

Want something simple? The antler mount is the way to go. It’s cheap and easy to do. There’s no waiting period either. A win-win in my book.

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Synthetic Skull Mount

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2 | Synthetic Skull Mount

Commercial Price Range: $75-$100

DIY Price Range: $25-$50

Like the skull mount? The synthetic route is an option. It costs less to have a taxidermist do a skull mount this way and the DIY route is a lot less messy than with a traditional skull mount.

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Traditional Skull Mount

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3 | Traditional Skull Mount

Commercial Price Range: $80-$125

DIY Price Range: $0

Want the real thing? The traditional skull or European mount is the oldest taxidermy option out there. You can do one yourself at home by slow boiling and pressure washing away the brains ... but expect a mess. 

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Shoulder Mount

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4 | Shoulder Mount

Commercial Price Range: $400-$500

DIY Price Range: $100-$200

This is likely the most popular. The shoulder mount is most everyone’s favorite. The cool thing about it? You can either have a taxidermist do it or go the DIY route (I recommend researching this skill a lot if you do) on this project, too. Rinehart and McKenzie offer great kits.

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Wall Pedestal Mount

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5 | Wall Pedestal Mount

Commercial Price Range: $450-$550

DIY Price Range: Varies

Already have a bunch of shoulder mounts and want something a little different with your next deer? The wall pedestal mount is a great option for really spotlighting a once-in-a-lifetime animal. 

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Photo credit: Craig Watson

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Traditional Pedestal Mount

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6 | Traditional Pedestal Mount

Commercial Price Range: $450-$550 (plus the pedestal)

DIY Price Range: Varies

Like a wall pedestal, the traditional pedestal is eye-catching. It takes up a fair bit of space, but you don't have to hang it on a wall, either. 

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Photo credit: Michael Lee

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Full Body Mount

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7 | Full Body Mount

Commercial Price Range: $1,500-$3,000

DIY Price Range: Varies

This is the big one. It’s pricey. But I don’t recommend the DIY route for this option (or the pedestal options). But dang does it look good.

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Photo credit: TheTaxidermyStore.com

Editor's Note: This was originally published on June 21, 2017.

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