I would never base mounting any animal on score alone. I had a 68'' antelope mounted last year because he is probably the only buck antelope I will ever kill on that ranch and I wanted something on my wall to remember that ranch and the owner that was about to pass. If you want to get something mounted get it done regardless of size.
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I agree with others that there is no minimum std for a "trophy". It depends on the experiences associated with the hunt or some unique character of the animal or many other reasons to want it mounted. For those animals that you are undecided about whether to mount, I think it helps to go ahead and cape it out. Wait a few days or weeks and then decide whether you want it mounted. There's a lot of mounted heads that do not score high, but they look great and are trophies to the owner.
There wouldn't be many taxidermists in business if not for all the other reasons to mount an animal other than its "score".
Last edited by jims; 06-08-2014 at 10:50 AM.
I'm with the rest of them. If its something you want to mount and remember the hunt with then do it. Size isnt the thing that makes it a trophy
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I am having mine done, I've never scored it but I believe it to be mid to higher 60's. I waited 15 years for the tag, hunted pretty hard for 7 days and spent most of those day with my 15 year old daughter by my side. I don't know how long it will be, or even if I will antelope again. It's going on the wall!
The "score" is an after thought for me. Doesn't really play a part in wether it gets mounted or not. Of the trophies I've had mounted, I didn't know the score of any of them until the taxidermist rough scored them for me as they were being worked on. I rarely have an idea on score while I'm trying for an animal. It's either big, or big enough...
What an animal scores has become so overrated these days. I think score can be useful when understanding potential for an area, because asking if there are a lot of 6 point bulls does not really tell you much. Hunting magazines and articles that promote score have taken a lot of the joy out of the hunt, since the number now represents the prize.
Also a lot of animals have great eye appeal, but score poorly. In antlered game, like deer and elk, mass plays very little into score yet is one of the most appealing features. I have a bull that is 30 points larger than another bull yet almost everyone thinks the "smaller" bull scores the most.
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I have a 72 inch antelope on the wall. It was my first bow kill so it was mounted. It's all about the meaning and the story of the animal.
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Yep, this is definitely a question where the answer is that size doesn't matter!!! Whatever lights your fire or floats your boat, as they say!
Though I am one that always likes to know the score (after the fact) I have never shot or passed an animal based on score. I had my first and only antelope mounted and he scored in the mid 60's. It was my dad's first out of state trip. My daughter wasn't even a year old yet so it was the first time either of us had left her for more than a day (this caused us to rush the trip a bit). The whole package made it a trophy for me. Oh yeah I almost forgot, Dad said he would pay for it too!!!