First and foremost, never hang your mount over a fireplace, wood stove, or any other heating unit. When most hunters consider where they want to put their trophy they think it would look great over a fireplace. We remember that is where grandad put his. Dry heat is the worst thing for a trophy mount, heat is a big no-no. Heat dries out the hide of a mounted animal, which causes it to shrink and causes the hair to become dry and brittle, making the trophy appear older than it actually is. Keeping your mount away from excessive dry heat will help it look good for a long time.