The Hog deer is a native of Northern India, along the southern flank of the Himalayas and east into what was Burma. They are about the weight of a good Roebuck, but more thick set like a Muntjac.
Here in the UK, there are no wild or feral populations, so are only really found in private collections, Deer Parks and zoos, as they have very particular requirements and do not thrive in our climate. They can be found in Australia, where they can be legally hunted, as the climate suits them and they are well managed.
Due to there being so few they are not a species we would see any number of here in the UK. Further reading and details can be found at the following links:
Hog deer taxidermy
Not a hugely challenging mount to do, but I did do some extra research on these small deer before mounting this animal. I am very familiar and experienced with our main UK species but had little experience of studying hog deer so I gathered some good quality reference photos to get the feel of how they look alive, to apply that knowledge to the mount, when modelling the face and mounting the skin. Not one we see an awful lot of here in the UK.
This mount consists of the following components:
THIS MOUNT IS A COMMISSIONED PIECE AND IS NOT FOR SALE.