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#3634629 - 04/03/14 08:32 AM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: deerhunter10]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

I guess it all depends on why someone is hanging the deer on the wall. If it is to remember an exciting accomplishment, then I can't imagine mounting an animal the hunter failed to properly harvest.

However, I can see hanging an animal on the wall as a testament to what their hunting land can produce. I currently have a Euro-skull mount hanging on my cabin wall of the first documented 5 1/2 year-old buck the property ever produced. However, we did not kill him. He died of EHD in 2001. In fact, a hunter tried and failed to kill him in 1999, when the buck was 3 1/2. We have him on the wall simply as an appreciation of what the area can produce (150-class 5 1/2 year-old 8 point).
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

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#3634745 - 04/03/14 10:39 AM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: BSK]
Columbia Scott
8 Point

Registered: 01/23/11
Posts: 1011
Loc: Columbia, Tennessee

I hate wounding deer too but I'm all about a good mount. There is one deer I grazed with a muzzleloader that I wish I'd aimed a little higher on. He only had a nick but I never saw him again. 120" ten point or so. If I found him today he'd be one for the wall.
The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth,upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fish; into your hand are they delivered.

#3634782 - 04/03/14 11:25 AM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: Columbia Scott]
Mud Dauber
16 Point

Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 13547
Loc: Tennessee

I saw a hunting show once where they found a guy's deer the next summer, probably a full 7-8 months later, and he danced around like he just walked up on a fresh kill. Sure, its some closure, relief maybe, but hardly anything to be joyous about. That deer could have died weeks or months later. As for mounting it, whatever floats your boat. I probably won't ever do more than a Euro mount on any kill. The largest rack I have in my Euro collection is from a dead deer I found while rabbit hunting.

Like BSK said, it could be mounted as a way to show what is possible or even sell, but claiming it as a "trophy" should always come with a qualifying statement. On some kind of abstract scale of the measurement of a trophy, a deer you found weeks or months later is not equivalent to a clean kill, IMO, especially if it is post season and the animal was not tagged.
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#3634863 - 04/03/14 12:46 PM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: Poser]
8 Point

Registered: 02/22/10
Posts: 1669
Loc: collierville,tn

I would keep the horns but mount it no. To me it seems odd when folks use a different cape with a mount. To me its putting horns on a different deer.
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#3635245 - 04/03/14 08:09 PM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: WRbowhunter]
16 Point

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 10449
Loc: Brentwood, TN US

It is also something you would want to coordinate with you local officer. The only types of deer that can be legally possessed in TN are road kills that are properly reported, depredation permit deer if the permit allows, and legal kills that are properly checked in.

All others fall into a VERY gray area, and if a taxidermist is found mounting them or you are found with a deer rack that is not a shed, then the issue may end up being discussed in court.
Life is too short to fish with a dead cricket.

#3635253 - 04/03/14 08:13 PM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: deerhunter10]
6 Point

Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 674
Loc: Dickson, TN

I had a shoulder mount of a buck I killed but didn't recover until one year later.. Only dear to date I have ever killed with a bow.. It was 2007 and mid September during Kentucky's bow season.. I was hunting over a small pond and It was a non-typical 9pt that is mid 120's.. It was an excellent shot right behind the shoulder with a clean pass thru at 20yds... He ran thru the pine plantation and over to a shelf that was about a 50ft drop off down and old creek bottom.. I tracked until I lost blood that nite and looked for the needy 3 days I was up there. I never dreamed or even thought he would go off that bluff.. Opening weekend of gun season the following year I found him at the base of that bluff along the creek. I wasnt more than 30yds from him... Sure I didn't recover him by it wasn't due to making a poor shot or not doing things the right way.. I haven bow hunted since that weekend I shot him...
And as a side note I called the game wardens office in that area and received a phone call later that evening from the officer and explained the situation and was given permission to possess the skull and horns from that deer..

Edited by lpo1981 (04/03/14 08:17 PM)

#3635272 - 04/03/14 08:26 PM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: lpo1981]
14 Point

Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 7707
Loc: Memphis, Tennessee

If I was in the situation I would probably do a euro mount
#3635370 - 04/03/14 10:31 PM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: pass-thru]
Food Plot 101
10 Point

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 2525
Loc: Goodlettsville,TN USA

 Originally Posted By: pass-thru
 Originally Posted By: Food Plot 101
I would be disappointed in myself, not hold any grudge against the deer by not mounting it. My first bowkill was a 10pt. 130" buck that I didn't recover the same evening I shot. I was out there at first daylight the next AM and found him within 30 minutes not 50 yards from last blood. So no, I can't say I agree with you.

That's not exactly the scenario I was imagining. I've recovered a lot of deer the following morning. One in 90 degree heat and the meat was still good. As long as you don't abandon chase, you're good in my book. By that I mean keep looking except for sleep or work.

I ate this one, but it was a bit tainted by the time I got it dressed and butchered.

#3635395 - 04/03/14 11:17 PM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: Inkstainz]
TnDeer Old Timer
8 Point

Registered: 10/05/99
Posts: 2137
Loc: Jackson, TN

Mount it and hang it on the wall!
#3635765 - 04/04/14 12:30 PM Re: Mounting deer initially lost [Re: Mossy Oak]
14 Point

Registered: 01/17/06
Posts: 8467
Loc: Collierville,TN.

 Originally Posted By: Mossy Oak
I would have no problem mounting a deer that I recovered at a later time. In fact, I think it would be a good way to respect the animal.

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