Our Story


We are excited to welcome you to nearanddeer.com.  Near and Deer is owned and operated by myself and my husband, Rick in the small town of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.  

The saying "opposites attract" truly applies to us!  I am a huge animal-lover... the kind that won't step on a bug, takes spiders outside when I find them in the house, and wears PETA t-shirts. Rick is an avid hunter who grew up hunting deer, geese, and duck. His family even has a huge deer head (the real kind) on their living room wall.  Of course when we first started dating, these differences caused lots of arguments - but we got through them!

In 2011, we got engaged and began talking about buying a house together. True to form, we bickered about how we would incorporate his love of hunting and taxidermy into our future home given my opposing viewpoint. Our solution was faux taxidermy - fake resin animal heads that are 100% cruelty-free.  I made a fabric covered deer head hoping that Rick would like it and that it would solve our problems.  And to my surprise, he loved it!  He loved the idea so much and encouraged me to sell them online. The Near and Deer Etsy Shop was born.

In the company's early stages, Near and Deer was just a creative outlet that provided some extra spending money. After making a few sales, Rick began adding his own design ideas and starting creating custom painted faux taxidermy. By spending more time making new designs and different types of animals, Near and Deer began growing more rapidly.

In 2013, it was time to take the business to the next level.  Rick decided to quit his day job in the HVAC industry and pursue entrpreneurship - and he's never looked back.  I still work full time in my career as a business appraiser (we spend enough time together -working together may be a little too much!), but spend all of my evenings growing Near and Deer. 

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to visit Near and Deer. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions or comments at rick@nearanddeer.com.  We appreciate your support of our business and passion!




Faux Taxidermy

Modern, Trendy, and Animal-Friendly

Get the chic wall ornaments everyone’s been talking about with the faux taxidermy heads that bring color and style to your home. Whether you choose a gorgeous fabric deer head or a dramatic faux elephant head, it’s a great way to bring art and nature into a room. What about a colorful resin deer head for your kitchen or a charming unicorn head wall mount for a kid's room or indoor play area?

Made from the highest quality materials, affordably priced and always shipped fast, you’ll love Near & Deer for the gorgeous home accessories you won’t find anywhere else. These also make the perfect modern gifts for housewarmings, parties or birthdays!

Our faux taxidermy products are cast from resin and hand painted in Stewartstown, PA.  We paint our products custom to order, so you are able to request specific colors to match your home.  We are also able to handle custom projects for large commercial installations.

From sharks to crocodiles, deer to moose to even unicorns and dinosaurs, our designs are meant to bring a little whimsy and a whole lot of style to your home and living environment.  Our colorful or white faux taxidermy home decor wall mounts will elevate your home decor.  We’re the newest way to communicate your love for the outdoors without resorting to the expensive, musty and often plain scary taxidermy of the past.

Our faux taxidermy goes perfectly with a variety of personal styles (rustic luxe, farmhouse chic, or unicorn castle), and make the perfect addition to any room, from the sweetest child’s bedroom to the most elegant library or study. Check out our huge selection of wall mounts and even fine miniatures for the trendy (but still classic) gallery display. We also carry fun gifts and accessories. Near & Deer has it all!