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Old 02-23-2018, 04:13 PM
 
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Just getting a sense of what people think/feel about taxidermy items in the home? Not only as a man cave item, but as a central or focal part of furnishing the home... Elk head mounts, bear skin rugs or even exotic type game animals... What does everyone think is attractive and compliments a home decor in Montana?
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:05 PM
 
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I don't care for taxidermy in a home at all.

An old buffalo skull or one European mount would be as far as I would be willing to go.
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:30 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I'm not a fan. And truthfully, not as many people in Montana have taxidermy as you might think.
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Old 02-24-2018, 03:27 PM
 
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Default Lots or little? Big or small?

I was looking at some taxidermy items at Mod cut. and saw a number of cool exotic items, but am thinking that something native to Montana would be a more natural fit? Something like a moose or deer mount or maybe even like a bear rug? What are the thoughts on this. I think there are lots of cool taxidermy items even including birds but not sure which will work in the decor of an average house or what would look best. Thanks

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Old 02-24-2018, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Born in L.A. - NYC is Second Home - Rustbelt is Home Base
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Had loads of it...loved it. But it got buggy and I had to downsize cause of $, so sold them off.
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Old 02-24-2018, 05:58 PM
 
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Did you have issues with head mounts or with rugs that are on the floor or ??
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Old 02-24-2018, 09:28 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I was looking at some taxidermy items at MountsForSale.com and saw a number of cool exotic items, but am thinking that something native to Montana would be a more natural fit? Something like a moose or deer mount or maybe even like a bear rug? What are the thoughts on this. I think there are lots of cool taxidermy items even including birds but not sure which will work in the decor of an average house or what would look best. Thanks
Generally speaking, the idea with taxidermy is that it's an animal you harvested and has a story behind it. Most people don't buy mounts. And really, if you're doing this to fit in it seems like you're trying too hard. I know more people in Montana without taxidermy than with it.
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Old 02-24-2018, 09:35 PM
 
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Honestly not wanting mounts to fit in. I've always liked the look of moose mounts, but let be real- the odds of drawing a tag for one to be able to get my own mount is reallllly slim! Same holds true for getting a big horn sheep or mountain goat. To draw a tag to harvest my own trophy is a chance that's slim to none... I like the look of a nice mount as a focal point for a family room but my wife and I are not in agreement on this. I'm not wanting a house full of mounts, but one or maybe a couple, I think add diversity to a decor in a home.
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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If I had managed to harvest a nice 4 point (or larger) buck in my hunting days (western count, that is, 4 points on one side), I would have had the head mounted, and it would be prominently displayed in my home office/radioshack.
However, the best I ever lucky enough to get was a little 2 point. It wasn't worth the money to get it done.
I have seen some really nice upland game bird/waterfowl mounts, and wouldn't mind having a couple on display.
Many years ago, I visited the home of an avid hunter in Kentucky. He had some truly beautiful mounts of birds, squirrels, raccoons, and deer that he had been accumulating for years. IMO, his den was really overdone with mounts. But, hey, it was his house, and he liked them.
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Taxidermy has gone from a stuffed head on the wall to some of the most beautiful art available. More than just the head or antlers, now there are half body mounts, full body mounts, composite mounts of 2 or more animals interacting or poised as if frozen in time.

I'm seeing more and more mounts of game birds and even non-game species that celebrate the wonder and diversity of the boundless nature that surrounds us and is so much a part of life in Montana.
A mount can be a focal point of a room, same as any painting or sculpture, with the added benefit that it can express the life, triumphs and passions of the owner much more than any purchased painting, because the owner took part in the event. The owner relives the cold, the way the wind felt, remember how far they walked, the friends or family there, the shared joy and hardships, and the feeling of accomplishment from providing good nutritious meat for their family.

A good mount is a celebration of the lives of the hunter and the animal, and a beautiful reminder of how we live together, hunter and prey, man and animal as we share our lives here in Montana.
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