head or horn mount - Moose

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Is it really worth the $, time, etc to mount a moose head vs a horn mount? Considering that I only have 8 foot ceilings in my house. Any thoughts?
 

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either or will do. Space like you said is a big thing. If you tend to move in the near furture go with the head. We are looking into buying a new house and one thing I''m looking for in the house is cathidal cellings.
 

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Look into doing a European mount, I have a buddy that has a 65 incher done in European style and it's one of the most beautiful mounts i have ever seen. If i ever get lucky enough to shoot one that big thats what I plan on doing.
 

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Re: Mount

Re: Mount

How big is it?

If you plan on doing much more moose hunting that is what I would base my decision on. If you feel it is the biggest one you ever expect to shoot I would say go for the head mount.

I have shot a couple smaller bulls over the years and I decided a long time ago I would wait until I shot a 60in min before a full head mount.

I just did a rack mount with the one I put on my wall.

Doug
 

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Shoulder mount!

Shoulder mount!

In my opinion, a beautifuly done moose shoulder mount is one of the most magnificent mounts I've ever seen. Granted, they are huge and take up tons of space, but if you've got the coin, and shoot a bull worthy of the shoulder mount, I'd have no second thoughts. They are something that many people just don't have (and for many reasons, cost, space, etc..) If you get a true shoulder mount it really shows the magnificent size of the critter you harvested and how grand they really are.

I like rack and euros too, but nothing screams AK hunting more than a gigantic shoulder mount sticking out half way into your living room! :)
 

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I have both and with an eight foot wall the moose's nose on a head mount is going to be around your belly button. The horns or as AKhunter45 suggested european mount would probably be your best bet. But then again as dwhunter said how big is it? If it is a once in a lifetime moose you may want to look at it eye to eye for a few years till you get a better place to hang it.
The sapce you have has a lot to do with it.
 

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Another option

Another option

If $$$s are a factor you could always have the cape tanned, hang your horns for now and get the head mounted down the road.
 

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Take up a lot of space in a normal house!

Take up a lot of space in a normal house!

The biggest moose that I have shot was a 63" I had the horns wrapped in leather and a plack made. My wife about had a coniption fit when I told her this thing was going to stick 6+ feet off the wall and be mounted like 3 feet off the ground, it just wasnt going to work in my house. If you've got the house to do it up high I would. My moose currently lives in the basement!
 

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My European Mount

My European Mount

I also have a standard ceiling at my current residence. I elected to get a european mount now, and when we build the larger place in 3 or 4 years, purchase a cape and have a full shoulder mount done at that time.

The rack is just shy of 62" wide. It sticks out from the wall 24" and is 54" from the top of the rack to the bottom of the mounting panel.
 

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Buy Removable Antlers

Buy Removable Antlers

A word of caution if you go with the shoulder mount. Have the taxidermist make the antlers removable. I know a guy who ordered a shoulder mount with non-removeable antlers that he had a hard time loading into his bronco and then he could not get the mount into his house. In addition to the 60 in rack that was tall, the nose on a moose shoulder mount is very long. Getting it through a standard door can be a real problem.
 

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I prefer the horn mounts

I prefer the horn mounts

Unless you're house is mansion sized, I think the horn mounts are preferable IMO. Shoulder mounts are good for lobbies of lodges and big hotels, but too big for average houses. Your money and your house though.
 

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Bernie 1

Bernie 1

Now thats a nice bull!! Congrats!! I have to ask, what happened on that hunt to put you in the hospital??
 

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moose hunt

moose hunt

Thanks!

I’ll PM you later on the details if you like, But all the planning in the world can’t help when on your second shot on the bull at 40yards your composite rifle stock snaps in half and comes back and hits you in the face. I was blessed that we had a sat. phone.
 

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Story

Story

I think I heard something about that, did your partner get left behind to take out the moose? Could be a different guy maybe.
 

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partner left behind

partner left behind

Akhunter45

Yep that’s what happened, you probably heard about it in the paper, Fairbanks paper, right? They got some stuff right, I still have the article framed in my gun case, might go on the wall when I get my new house built.
 

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Yeah, I think thats where i read it. It said after the ANG picked you up they left him on his own to care for the moose and get out of where ever it was you were at, guess he had a tough time. Glad to see you rercovered from your wounds and are no worse for wear.
 

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Moose shoulder mounts look great and will definatly be the dominant (sheer size) trophy in your room. My Brother has a Moose shoulder mount in his home, he has 8' cielings as well, but he also has large rooms so it's not a problem. It looks very nice.
 

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No worse for the ware

No worse for the ware

If you call almost dieing and blind in one eye no worse I guess HAHA! I’m doing a lot better now.

Sorry about hijacking this tread
 

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mounts

mounts

Here in Minnesota Moose is a "once in a lifetime" drawing... a good buddy of mine shot his bull (not big by Alaska standards but MIGHTY tasty!) He had his (shoulder mount) mounted low...
It looks nice and goes well in his modest sized living room.... Maybe I can get him to send pics......
 
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