Get tips on European-style deer mounts at Sept. 22 virtual MDC program

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – European-style mounts is a type of taxidermy that’s gaining in popularity among hunters as a unique way to preserve memories of your deer harvest.

People interested in learning about how to do a European mount should sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) virtual program “Learning to Hunt: European Mounting Your Trophy.” This free online program will be from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 22. It is being put on by the staff at MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. People can register for this program at:

A European-style deer mount consists of a cleaned skull with the antlers still attached. At this program, MDC Outdoor Education Center Specialist Keith DeBow will discuss how hunters can use the European-style technique to turn their deer harvest into a unique-looking memory that will last a lifetime. He will have information on what equipment is needed and the best techniques to make a European mount.

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.

For more information about the Sept. 22 program or other upcoming events at MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, call 417-742-4361. Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at