A Guide to Whitetail Shoulder Mount Positions

With deer season in full swing I thought I would take a moment to discuss several of the most popular shoulder mount positions.  Taxidermy has evolved drastically over the past century. My grandfather's "shoulder" mounts would now be considered a neck mount.  Modern taxidermy offers unlimited choices to which the only limit is your imagination.  We will look at the four most popular positions:

  1. Upright

  2. Semi-Sneak

  3. Full Sneak

  4. Wall Pedestal

Visit my favorite taxidermy supply company to view all options: www.mckenziesp.com

1. Upright:  This is the classic deer mount.  It is a proud position normally mounted with ears in the alert position.  A slight turn to the left or right can accentuate the antlers.  This pose must be hung lower on the wall but does not extend as far from the wall.

2. Semi-Sneak: This is a relaxed pose that looks great with a small or large turn.  This position allows for the ears to be mounted either alert or relaxed, or my personal favorite, one of each. It can be hung higher on the wall but extends from the wall a little further than an upright mount.


3. Full Sneak: This is the most relaxed pose.  This position looks good either with both ears alert or both ears relaxed. Not as popular as the Upright and Semi Sneak but a nice addition to any trophy room.  It can be hung the highest on the wall but also extends the farthest from the wall.

4. Wall Pedestal:  This pose has been on the market for about a decade but started gaining popularity within the last several years.  This is a beautiful pose that adds a spark of creativity and movement that the other three positions do not allow. It has a cut out "shadow" section that is either covered in buckskin or felt.

I hope this helps you in choosing the best pose for your trophy.  Ask your local taxidermist for tips on making your trophy look the best.  Although I only covered Whitetail Shoulder Mounts in this post, the poses apply to all other shoulder mounts. Also, all photos with a black background are from McKenzie Taxidermy Supply website.  Actual deer mounts were mounted by Wildlife Designs Taxidermy, LLC.

Happy Hunting!

David Williamson