friends that ask me to mount birds for them, I send them this. should help. also, don't go with a taxi just because of location. go with quality of work!
Field care for a duck you want mounted-
First and most importantly, be gentle with the bird! Do not throw it in the mud next to the blind, ring its neck, carry by its neck or put it on a duck strap. Throw your other birds on your strap but gently carry the one you want mounted. I recommend carrying it like a football in your arm. Be gentle. Do not let the dog retrieve it. The less handling the better to mount will be.
When you get home, wipe it off softly with a towel or paper towel in the direction of the feathers to rid of excess water/dirt. Curve head to tuck under wing. Place in two or three plastic bags sealing with tape to be air tight. If you have a vacuum sealer that is even better. Attach a note with your name, address, phone number, hunting license number and date. Put in freezer ASAP.
Birds that have been really “shot up” cannot be mounted. Normal shot can be repaired, only I can determine whether it is mountable or not. Broken wings and blood stains are acceptable most of the time. Birds with patches of feathers missing cannot be mounted. Local birds and large birds (geese) require hours of extra work, therefore the charge is more.
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