By Mark Kenyon
It’s amazing how an inanimate object, hanging on a wall can bring such a vivid flood of memories back. The sounds of the breeze rustling leaves. The glimmer of ivory tines peeking out from cedar branches. The rush of adrenaline that immediately paralyzed my mind and body in that moment.
The mount of my 2012 Iowa buck has finally returned to it’s proper resting place on my wall, and I can’t help but relive that moment on November 5th again and again every time I walk by that beautiful whitetail now gracing my living room.
On top of the overall thrill that it brings me just being able to see this deer again, I’m also really happy with how the mount itself turned out. My taxidermist, Danny Weeks of Nature’s Pride Taxidermy, is one of the absolute best, and he did a terrific job on this deer. If you’re in Southern Michigan or really any of the surrounding areas, you should seriously consider bringing your next deer to Nature’s Pride. Danny is a great guy, who knows taxidermy (and hunting) frontwards and backwards, and just does incredible work.
If you’re interested in getting in touch with Nature’s Pride or just want to learn more, check out the links below to their website and Facebook page.
That said, I’m inevitably going to have a silly grin on my face every time I walk through my living room from this day forward. But at the same time, this mount has also given rise to a new problem. Every time I walk by it, I’m already beginning to obsess over the challenge of providing him a little company this next hunting season!
Here are a few more pics of my mount. And if you haven’t already heard the full story of how this buck came to be on my wall, check out the story and video that I’ve linked below!