Well, it wasn't a huge deer, but it is a trophy to me (my first deer I got a few weeks ago). I call it a "5.5 ptr" (he has 2 points on his right side, with a small 1-inch brow tine, and he has 3 points on the left with, strangely, no brow tine - looks odd to me).
Anyway, I have the skull cap and antlers. Don't have the money for a professional job; I'll mount it myself on a plaque. I bleached the skull cap so it's a nice white, and cleaned the antlers up with soap and water. Looks really good. Now I want to put it on a plaque. The buck was taken with a bow, so I want an arrowhead design, but the color is a question.
What's a good color to help the colors of the white skull and antlers really come out? (I don't think I want to cover the skullcap - I think it looks cool the way it is without covering it up with a patch of leather).
Anyone have pictures of antler skullcaps mounted on plaques of different wood?
I'm looking at one of these: http://www.taxidermi...nels-s/1901.htm
There's three I am considering - the dark oak as my first choice, then cedar, then pecky cyprus.
I'm thinking the light color of the cyprus or medium oak won't help the skull pop and looks too close to the color of the antlers. The cedar does looks cool, but is lighter than the dark oak. Just curious of the opinions out there and if any has pics of antler mounts on plaques.