This Year's Wall Mounters

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This Year's Wall Mounters

Postby duckbuddy » Thu Dec 22, 2005 10:02 pm

Just wondering what is in store to be mounted on you wall this year. I have gots to mount my drake canvasback, drake goldeneye, drake widgeon, and a huge drake mallard







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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Thu Dec 22, 2005 10:09 pm

Drake ringneck and a drake greater, still planning on a can and redhead to make a nice dead mount, we'll see what next week has in store, also the possibility of some sea ducks in January
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Postby tyler1077 » Thu Dec 22, 2005 10:14 pm

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Postby Tack in NJ » Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:01 am

My first Drake Woodduck is already at the taxidermists'
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Postby sioutdoors » Fri Dec 23, 2005 1:14 pm

sending my drake and hen black ducks to the taxidermist day after X MAS
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Postby AU Mallard » Tue Dec 27, 2005 8:22 am

Nothing new, yet.
I did take a nice drake redhead, but already have one hanging.
Have shot the usual #'s of woodies, some "good", none "great".
Pintails have been largley sprigless.
A few "baseball head" malllards have fell, but their colors weren't brilliant, yet.
The real beauts usually fall towards the end of Jan.

I would like to take a nice "storm widgeon". I shot one a few years back and set it on the bow of my boat to keep it out of the way. My buddy picked it up after I trailered the boat and ripped it's breast feather out. It had frozen to the boat.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Tue Dec 27, 2005 10:27 pm

i shot a really nice pair of bluebills that i think i'll have done... it was funny because we get enough hens, but can never get the drakes to come in... so i shot a really big hen early in the morning and my brother joked that if i got a drake i should get it mounted... next thing i know a couple drakes come in and i get a nice full color fat one... go figure... i think i was destined to have them on my wall :smile:
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Postby sharpshooter » Wed Dec 28, 2005 5:52 pm

Drake woody,and a Speck so far.
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Postby 870 » Wed Dec 28, 2005 7:46 pm

My son is having this Hy-bred done this year, I think it's a black and mallard cross
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:17 pm

870 Now honestly did that thing come into Wonder Bread and a your blind was a park bench?That thing is odd enough, we shoot a lot of black/malalrd crosses but they never look to out of the ordinary, that white patch on the breast is crazy, the coolest we have have so far was basic looking black with some white over the wing speculum and a tint of green to the head, if I shoot one that looks decent enough it's gonna be mounted for sure.
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Postby 870 » Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:25 pm

lol not hardly, just old fashion jump shooting down a crek. our newest young gun T-man who is a member here at DHC was with him when he shot it. PLEASE when we hunt ducks from park benches we use baseball bats less noise that way :toofunny:
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Postby DUKHTR » Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:17 pm

Hooded Merganser will go on my wall (actually in a swimmer pose I think, so not 'on the wall')....it's very unusual to see them here in Maine in late December....but the plummage is magnificent on this mature late migrator!




btw.....that is no mallard/black hybrid!!!!!!! Maybe a farm duck with a little mallard mixed in....maybe. Mostly farm duck though. hey....as long as it flies, right?
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Postby 870 » Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:49 pm

DUKHTR, That was my first guess, but I wasn't sure if they had crossed with a farm duck if they could fly or not. Well what ever it's crossed with it's going on the wall. :toofunny:
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Postby kyfowler » Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:04 pm

we shot a mallard farm duck mix this year. i think it was mostyl mallard because it flew in.
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Postby duckbuddy » Thu Dec 29, 2005 7:34 pm

okay took another look at my canvasback and damn i ***** up that bird. holes in its feet, wings missing feathers. i am so disappointed now. should i still mount the bird. the reason i still want to mount it is how often do you see a drake can in central flyway. tips info or etc







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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:13 pm

duckbuddy, I know your concern but I also know taxidermist can fix a lot of things, broken wing feathers are not that hard as long as they have a donor bird for them, my buddy fixed 3 for me on a bird I shot the wing up on you cannot even tell now, as far as feet, I know they make feet and I know taxis use em, Look around and find a good taxidermist and don't be afraid to spend a little, remember often times you get what you pay for.
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Postby Gooseboy » Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:34 pm

870 wrote:My son is having this Hy-bred done this year, I think it's a black and mallard cross
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Thats pretty neat.
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Postby 870 » Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:39 pm

Thanks GB, definitely different what ever it is :toofunny:
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Postby Gooseboy » Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:44 am

Sorta reminds me of a coot. :mrgreen:
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Postby 870 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:18 pm

COOT......I thought you were my friend :toofunny: Man I've heard it all now.

The last time any one in my family ever shot a coot, was me when I was about your age, and yes they had coots back then.
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Postby hankrt » Mon Jan 02, 2006 6:48 pm

Duckbuddy, I used to practice taxidermy years ago, and my brother in law is still running the business. The feet can be repaired as well as any broken bones, which are all removed anyway. As far as the missing wing feathers, that gets a little tricky, its kind of like having a slug hole in a deer cape, which cant be fixed so we substitute the holey cape with a new one from a donor deer. In your case, as ISD pointed out, if you have another Can about the same size and coloration, the feathers can be taken from the donor bird and attached to yours and you wouldn't even know the differance. Today's taxidermists do some pretty amazing things, I suggest you carfully wrap him up without damaging any more feathers, and run it into your local taxidermist and see what he has to say, you may be amazed at what he can fix up for you......good luck!!!
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Postby LIGHT12 » Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:21 pm

I just got these this weekend. They will be my first wall hangers.

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Postby jjohnson_714 » Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:00 pm

wow congrats on those cinny's.. i wish i could pop one...
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Postby hankrt » Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:03 pm

Wow!!! Nice looking birds, the old humpback is cool too!!!
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Postby casey_714 » Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:36 pm

Wow.. i want a cinnamon teal so bad
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