|  Interior Design, Real estate

Inside 23 American Homes with Taxidermy Decor

Some people decorate their homes with French paintings. Others add life to their walls with the mounted heads and stuffed carcases of dead animals. Long associated with hunting lodges and ski cabins, taxidermy is increasingly popping up in surprising new places. From hipster bars in New York and Seattle to palatial Hollywood homes and Dallas-area mansions, a mounted antelope head or a zebraskin rug is seemingly all the rage. Here are 23 photos of taxidermy-filled homes for sale found on Estately’s real estate search site…

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How Many?

It's like Noah's Ark turned upside down.

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Quite a Rack

Yes, the old buck knew he had a fabulous rack of antlers, but he hated the way he was objectified for it. And also for getting shot.

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Antelope in Bar

Joke: An antelope walks into a home bar... just kidding. This antelope doesn't have any legs.

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Pancake Zebra

Anyone can hunt wild animals with a rifle, but only the most skilled sportsman can do it with steamroller.

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Beware of Lion

One could never completely relax during cocktail hour in the sitting room for fear of a lion attack.

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Confederate & Buck

The Confederate soldier was the buck's only companion on the wall, so the deer politely kept his Union sympathies to himself.

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TED NUGENT?

Expect the unexpected when perusing real estate listings, but rarely do you come across a property for sale with a photo of Ted Nugent cradling a dead deer. Click the image to see it.

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Santa?

Many a hunter has bagged a moose, but only one has successfully hunted the ultimate large game—Santa Claus.

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Peeping Buck

Nobody knows what happens behind the bedroom door... except this deer.

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Texas Gov. John B. Connally's Former Home

Each night, while everyone slept, the animals would change places just for a cheap laugh.

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Go Ahead, Count Them

28 animal heads on the wall / 28 animal heads / You take one down and pass it around / 27 animal heads on the wall...

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Ms. Marlin

While she missed leaping over ocean waves, it was nice and cozy suspended in midair over the fireplace. Fewer tiger sharks, too.

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Uncle Buck... The Deer

The one thing that broke the tedious boredom for the wall-mounted deer was when someone tripped on the stairs. He lived for that. Well, "lived" isn't the right word, but you get it.

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King of the Jungle No More?

Leonard the Lion's ability to appear completely flat provided the perfect camouflage for stalking prey in this Chicago apartment.

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Yikes

Pretty sure there are no koala bears, ringtail lemurs, or panda bears in this collection.

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Tiger-Skin Rug

One day you're the most feared predator in the jungle, and the next you're a rug by the fire with two people wrestling or something on your back.

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Deer with Ski Goggles

The one time the other deer passed by the window, the blinds were closed so none could see how cool the young buck looked with his ski goggles around his neck.

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Wall Safari

"Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play..." Well, you asked for it.

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Deer vs. Elk

Usually the deer let the elk control the remote control, but after four hours of Home Improvement reruns the deer are demanding they watch Gossip Girl.

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Critics

All the cowhide in Texas won't protect you from the deer and antelope's judgmental gaze when you struggle with your Excel spreadsheets.

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Deer in a Hunting Cabin

While everyone is out hunting, this deer is microwaving burritos and drinking anything left in the mini fridge.

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Deer + Antelope

The buffalo may still roam, but the deer and the antelope no longer play, choosing instead to provide a decorative flourish to this rustic home.

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5 Critters

Can you identify the fins, skins, and horns of these five creatures? Hint: One is a giant goldfish.

While many people love the aesthetics of a mounted deer head or stuffed mallard, many others find using a dead animal for decoration to be extremely upsetting. No doubt, a stuffed wildebeest by the fireplace really makes the room pop, but it may not be the best feature if your’e trying to sell the home. AOL Real Estate recently published an article called, Don’t Let Dead Animals Kill Your Home Sale, arguing “If it’s dead, it won’t help you sell your home.”

Even some taxidermy-loving realtors advise home sellers to hide their taxidermy to avoid turning off potential buyers. But while many balk at a stuffed cougar by the fireplace, that feeling isn’t universal and may even be the minority in some parts of the country. While taxidermy appears most commonly in America’s rural areas, it seems to be absolutely everywhere in Texas and West Virginia. Homes in progressive places like San Francisco and Miami Beach don’t typically feature elk antlers or stuffed bears, but they’re strangely awash in zebraskin rugs.

While people may differ in their perception of mounted hunting trophies on walls, it seems nearly everyone in this country has finally gotten away from stuffing the family dog to sit obediently beside its master’s easy chair. And by and large, most of the taxidermy that appears in real estate listings is of a high quality, although it can go horribly wrong. So if you’re perusing Estately’s online real estate listings in search of a home be prepared for the occasional unexpected bobcat pelt or mounted buffalo head. And be warned:  Somewhere amidst Estately’s hundreds of thousands of homes is a listing featuring a photo of Ted Nugent cradling a dead deer in his arms.

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