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New Pintail Mount

Postby Cootshooter3 » Fri May 14, 2010 2:06 pm

Just got this bird back today. Is it a mix or just a old bird? Notice the head and neck. I have never seen a pintail like this in my 43 years of hunting. We got him on Reelfoot this past season. Notice the difference from the second picture.

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Re: New Pintail Mount

Postby duxrus » Sat May 15, 2010 2:01 pm

From the coloration of it's rump I would say it isn't a fully mature bird.....but the head is lacking pigment causing the light feathers. I have mounted two ducks with similar face coloration over the years...a Canvasback and a redhead. I would not say a hybrid but a genetic issue. I did a pintail last year with the entire head was a light tan color....with genetics anything is possible. Cool bird. :thumbsup:
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Re: New Pintail Mount

Postby Cootshooter3 » Sat May 15, 2010 2:45 pm

I posted it on some other sites. Most think it is a first year bird, just not through the molt sequence. I have noticed in the last few years that a lot of ducks or mixed.
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Re: New Pintail Mount

Postby relocatedduckman » Mon May 17, 2010 8:23 am

If you look at the sprigs they are short.. over a 2 year old bird will have longer sprigs.. so this is a young bird..
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Re: New Pintail Mount

Postby cuppedup50 » Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:10 pm

nice mount either way man.
cut em.
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Re: New Pintail Mount

Postby DuckDog12/3 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:21 pm

relocatedduckman wrote:If you look at the sprigs they are short.. over a 2 year old bird will have longer sprigs.. so this is a young bird..


Sprig length doesn't necessarily mean maturity. Drakes regrow their sprigs fairly often, that's why late season is the best time to get a trophy sprig... Looks like he may be starting to go to an eclipse coloration to me, but definitely a mature bird... just my .02.
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Re: New Pintail Mount

Postby possumfoot » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:48 pm

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