The Different Types of Deer Mounts

So you just bagged a nice buck, and you’re trying to figure out which types of deer mounts are best for you!

Well… you’ve come to the right place.

Listed below are the most popular types of deer mount styles utilized by hunters today. While there are several options, the list to choose from is relatively straight forward. 

Of course, each style of mount has their own pros and cons, as well as different price points. Be sure to read each section below before making your final pick.

What Are The Different Types of Deer Mounts?

Listed below are the several different styles of mounts hunters choose for their whitetail.

Shoulder Mount

The traditional shoulder mount is likely one of the most recognizable mount styles available, and it is commonly seen in hunting stores and hunting lodges.

shoulder mount

These mounts include the head and neck, and go down to the shoulder of the deer. 

Several hunters are now opting for pedestal mounts instead of the traditional wall-mounted displays. These mounts are supported by a base structure, providing a unique way to showcase their trophies.

A professionally done shoulder mount from a taxidermist can cost you between $300 and $700.

To go into more details, check out the many different types of shoulder mounts available from taxidermists:

Shoulder Mount TypeOverview
UprightA shoulder mount where the chin and nose are a few inches above the shoulder.Standard Shoulder Mount
Semi-UprightA shoulder mount where the chin and nose are level with the shoulder.Semi Upright Shoulder Mount
Semi-SneakA shoulder mount where the chin and nose are below the shoulder.Semi Sneak Shoulder Mount
Full SneakA shoulder mount where the head is extended straight out.Full Sneak Shoulder Mount
Wall PedestalA shoulder mount which is put up against a wall, with either the left or right shoulder against the wall and head is facing away from the wall, into the room.Wall Pedestal Shoulder Mount
PedestalA shoulder mount which is put up on a wooden base or other structure – not against a wall.Pedestal Shoulder Mount

Full Body Mount

Consider exploring a full body mount if you seek to go beyond a simple shoulder mount.

full body mount

As the name suggests, this means the full body of the deer is mounted for display.

Although visually stunning, these mounts have a few drawbacks. Firstly, their price is considerably higher compared to shoulder mounts. Additionally, they require ample space for display purposes.

A full body mount is a great way to display a large deer, or a scene that properly depicts your kill. 

A professionally done full body deer mount from a taxidermist can cost you between $1,800 and $3,500.

Antler Mount

For those that want something very simple and cheap to complete, I would personally recommend an antler mount.

antler mount

Although the deer’s body structure cannot be displayed, it is possible to effortlessly showcase its antlers, which is not necessarily a negative aspect.

Some hunter incorporate a high-quality wooden plague, and a simple velvet skull cover to spice up the display.

An antler mount can be successfully completed for under $200.

Skull Antler Mount (European Mount)

The European mount is quite similar to the previously mentioned antler mount, with the addition of the skull.

antler skull mount

For this process, the antlers are kept attached to the skull, and the skull is cleaned and polished for a better overall look.

Similar to the other mount, you can utilize a high-quality wooden plagues to hold the mount against a wall.

Similar to an antler mount, a European mount can be done for under $200 as well.


In conclusion, both the antler mount and the European mount offer great options for showcasing the beauty of a deer’s antlers. While the body structure is not displayed, the antlers become the focal point of the mount. With the addition of a high-quality wooden plaque and a velvet skull cover, the display can be enhanced. Whether you choose an antler mount or a European mount, both can be completed for under $200.