Now the decision, full shoulder, European or just skull plate. It is only my second buck and first with a muzzleloader. My only other buck is on the wall full shoulder. He is bigger than this one. Not sure what to do. I am sure glad I passed on the 2 dozen shot opportunities I had on smaller bucks this year. This deer completes my hattrick.
It certainly sounds like it was a special hunt to end a special season. IMO, That alone makes it worth the cost of a shoulder mount if you have the money. Euros are really neat as well and there is nothing wrong with a classy antler plaque, but I'd have it done by a pro.
Lastly, I suggest caping out the deer no matter what you choose to do. A lot of taxidermists will buy the cape from you as a way to defray the cost of a euro or antler plaque.