How Much Does a Deer Mount Cost?
Those who deer hunt may once in awhile shoot a buck worth mounting as a decoration in their home. While most people tend to mount a buck with more than eight points, it really comes down to a personal preference since a taxidermist will mount anything you bring their way (as long as it is legal). The cost of mounting a deer is going to depend on the taxidermist, the type of mount required, the size of the deer, the inclusions and geographical location.
How much is it?
- For a standard shoulder deer mount, plan on spending anywhere from $350 to $600.
- A half body deer can cost anywhere from $650 to $1,100. A full body mount can cost anywhere from $1,300 to as much as $2,300 depending on the size of the deer.
- An antler mount can cost anywhere from $30 to $100.
- For example, RN Taxidermy located in Davison, Michigan charges $350 for a shoulder mount, $750 for a half and $1,400 for a full body.
- If you would like to purchase a deer mount that has already been done and is not from a deer that you hunted personally, it can cost anywhere from $350 to $1,000 depending on the type and size of the deer.
- According to this FieldandStream.com forum thread, users have stated that they have paid anywhere from $200 to as much as $500 for the shoulder mount of a deer.
What are the extra costs?
- If you want to have the deer tanned, it will cost anywhere from $100 to $200 extra. Tanning is the process of darkening the deer skin.
- Antler mounts can be done in many various ways. For example, the antlers can be shaped in form of a light that can be hung. These lights alone can cost $150 to $200 for the lighting kit alone.
- Higher end plaques and customized name plates can cost more than the basic mount a taxidermist generally provides. Oaks made from higher quality wood such as oak can command a higher price tag as well.
- Taxidermists can give the illusion of a 3D background on which the head is mounted. Something like this can start at $100 and go up from there depending on the complexity of the design.
- Something such as an open mouth pose can cost more.
- If damage has been done to the deer head such as bullet wounds, scrapes or the hair has been worn down, this can be charged on an hourly basis. Most taxidermists will charge anywhere from $30 to $65 per hour.
What is going to be included?
- Bringing a deer to a taxidermist will include the full cleaning, skinning, as well as tanning if chosen. A taxidermist will mount it to a plaque of your choice.
- A mount purchased from a previous hunt will include a mount that is already completed and mounted on a plaque.
How can I save money?
- Consider mounting deer antlers yourself. There are various kits online that can cost anywhere from $15 to $35 per kit. Simply follow the instructions to mount the antlers.
- If you want to purchase a deer mount from someone else’s hunt, highly consider purchasing them used on sites such as eBay.