“You’re a hoarder!” shouts my wife as she storms out of my man cave, tripping over boxes, books, a bear rug, bleach-white deer racks, lucky fishing lures and baseball caps that went out of style in the early 1980s.

She’s right. I don’t ever throw anything away, especially deer antlers. Lots of time goes into hunting down a good buck, and although you can’t eat the antlers, they sure are great to look at during trips down memory lane. Deer shoulder mounts are awesome, but who has the money or the space in their home to bring every trophy to the taxidermist?

THE HOOKUP: The cost involved in taxidermy might be a good reason why many hunters are opting for European-style skull mounts these days, and the company called Skull Hooker LLC must’ve realized that fact when it opened up shop in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Skull Hooker, whose company motto is “Get Your Head On Right,” has several unique and simple-to-mount European skull mounting brackets. When I saw Skull Hooker’s booth at a recent outdoorsman’s show, I heard my wife say, “You need several of those to get your heads off the floor and onto the wall!”

BEAR SKULL: After doing a bit of rubber-cement repair on a bear skull that had recently fallen from a shelf in my man cave, I unpacked my new Little Hooker. Next I found a wall stud in an appropriate location, screwed the brown powder-coated plaque to the wall, tightened two screws that hold the adjustable prong (sports 12 angle adjustments) to the unit’s mounting arm, which can swing left to right depending on your desired mount profile, and finally hooked the bear skull onto the prong. The whole task took less than five minutes.

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BUCK GOES UP: Feeling ambitious, I next mounted a 14-point buck rack between two shoulder-mounted trophies. Didn’t have a stud there, but I was able to mount the plaque to the sheetrock wall utilizing self-drilling hollow wall anchors rated for 50 pounds. Again, the process was easy, and the rack attached naturally and securely into the deer’s skull hole.

MORE HOOKERS: The Little Hooker ($34.99) is designed for deer, antelope, alligator, black bear, wild boar, impala, cougar and many other small and mid-sized game species. Other systems available from Skull Hooker include the Big Hooker ($59.99) skull hanger designed for large to extra-large skulls like elk, bison, moose, grizzly bear, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, etc., and the Bone Bracket ($19.99) mounting system for skull-capped horns and antlers. For more information, visit skullhooker.com or call 541-887-8622.

This article originally published in AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN®  Issue #191. Print and Digital Subscriptions to AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN®  magazine are available here.

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