Reasons for getting one mounted
I was wondering what others thought for choosing when to get a deer in a shoulder mount.
I got a fine PA basket-8 this archery season. He's not the size of my three shoulder mounts, but I'm torn between just getting a skull mount or doing another shoulder mount.
With this one, I fooled him on a mock scrape. There is no mast this season on the ridge I hunt the most, and lots of standing corn until just days ago so it's been a little tougher this year. This is the first one I've killed where I have dozens of photos. I saw him in the first week push around his smaller buddy. Got another photo of him sparring with his smaller buddy. I told a guy at work that if it gets late, and I can get this one over a mock scrape or rattle him in, something where I'm more "active" in the hunt, I'm taking it. This is the first one I ever actually saw fall. When things got tough, instead of pouting and throwing in the towel, I put some miles on the boots last Sunday trying to figure it out. No luck, so went back to one of my honey holes and laid out four huge scrapes, mock rubs, and the next morning it all went down......perfect.
He also had a quirk of carrying his ears straight back. Quite often photoed this way, and he tucked them back just as he stepped away from the scrape and before I let it fly. Not sure if I can find this exact pose in a form, but if I could, that's how I'd have him done. My post with his pic is on the archery forum. About 15 wide, nice symmetry.
Is it size alone that should matter? Should size not matter at all and be about only the experience? Is it some kind of combination of the two?
I'm not dripping money but I'm not living week to week either, I will not factor that into the equation.
To those who have gotten skull mounts, are you happy you did it? Was it memory "enough" of that day? To those who ever mounted something a little smaller than what you already had, did you look back later and think, gee, maybe that was a bit much?
Just wondered what the forum thought, I think there are lots of great people and opinions on here. Thanks in advance.
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