Frame Your Hunt Story with Decorative Game Mounts

We know you all are out, are preparing to head out, in search of this year’s buck or bull. After you hit your mark, but before you put a knife to it, put some thought into how you’ll display the story. Antlers and horns tell the story of the hunt. It’s fascinating to hear some of the tales behind the mounts on our walls. You see, it’s not always about the size of rack. More often it’s about the memory. Here’s a decorative mount Lea and I put together this summer and love the way it frames one of our stories. ~Mia (Mia and the Little Gal, at Women’s Outdoor News is sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing)


Mia and the Little Gal have long admired Rita Schimpff’s old-world style game mounts, found at her online business, Heritage Game Mounts. They decided to challenge themselves with this interesting project — a DIY decorative old-world trophy game mount. Find out how it worked out for them. 

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LG and I seized the opportunity to try a game mount we’ve been enamored of for quite some time. About a year ago, Rita Schimpff, the owner of Heritage Game Mounts, began writing the column “Bringing the Wild Inside” at Women’s Outdoor News. When her articles were published, we admired the beautiful décor she shared. Since we’re of the hunting persuasion, the old world–style plaques she used to display antlers and horns stole our attention.

We have many European-style mounts in our home. We are fond of the plain white skull and antler style, but have given thought to blinging some of them up. LG even created one with Swarovski beads, which she donated to an auction/fundraiser for a local preschool. White Euro mounts continued to adorn our walls, and we continued to drool over the various panel mount styles Rita shared.

Last winter, while at the SCI convention in Las Vegas, Nev., I met Rita in person. She grew up hunting and fishing, and therefore has a grand respect for wildlife. A graduate of Texas Christian University with a BFA in commercial art and textile design, Rita’s been a part of the interior design field for more than 30 years.

You’ll see her knowledge and experience demonstrated through her handiwork on the pages of the Heritage Game Mounts site. In reading her columns here at the WON, I’ve been inspired to create some of my own designs in my home.

I asked about the plaques she used in her designs and wondered where she found them. I learn she has them manufactured, right here, in the United States. Due to my curiosity, Rita offered to let me try one. All she asked was that I share …. (CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING)

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Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast. 

Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.

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