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How to get this mounted

Postby Remington1187 » Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:52 pm

I know this should probably be in the taxidermy forum but i thought id get more viewers here. I shot an awesome drake mallard tonight and i only hit it with 2 pellets so there is like no damage at all and i really want to mount him. I was wondering how you guys think i should get him mounted! I was leaning more towards a flying mount......but on driftwood or not, wings cupped or in full flight, etc...please say wut u feel! thanx! :mrgreen:
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Postby Smackaduck » Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:53 pm

Cupped up hanging from the ceiling. :smile:
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Postby duckmaster » Mon Oct 24, 2005 9:12 pm

Ohhh yah! for sure cupped, feet out and give him those ohhh crap eyes
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Postby kyfowler » Tue Oct 25, 2005 1:30 pm

cupped for sure my first duck was a big greenhead and i had it mounted cupped on driftwood, hanging from the ceiling looks great too.
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Postby Delta Hunter » Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:32 pm

Your taxidermist will love it when you tell him to mount it with those ohh crap eyes. Better take him a picture, if you can find one with that look.
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Postby Pete-pec » Tue Oct 25, 2005 8:35 pm

Let your taxidermist decide what looks best. He can decide what pose looks best as the bird comes together. There is always one side of the duck that looks better than the other. If you had a hardmouth dog that put his chompers on one perticular side for example, and allowing the taxidermist to guide your duck to completion with a pose that would suit your specimen the best, is much easier for the taxidermist when he isn't inhibited by your perticular preferrence. On the other hand, if you have an absolutely perfect specimen, (very few holes in it, no broken wings, not licked to death by the dog, not chomped on by a hardmouth dog, not freezer burnt, not half rotten, an adult bird, no pinfeathers, and in full color) then your taxidermist should be able to capture the perticular pose you're looking for. You can see that there are a lot of things that can hinder the integrity of that "perfect mount", so please understand that the taxidermist is the pro, and the hunter is usually overlooking at least one impefection. Ask any taxidermist "what is your worst bird to mount?", and he'll probably respond with something like an opening day Wood Duck shot in September. To the hunter, they can't help but look at this ultracolored beauty of a bird, and to the taxidermist they are looking at a thin-skinned, pin-feathered, nightmare!

My choice? Wings cupped, feet straight down for the landing, and the head at half cocked, with the bill looking for the landing pad. You know the look, right before you shoot it in the lips!
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Postby WWR » Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:34 pm

Here is what is in my room.......

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Postby Remington1187 » Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:36 pm

thanx for the input. It is an adult bird, full color, 3 curls, i retrieve myself lol, no blood, not freezer burnt, looks almost perfect.......except the eyes obviously. Im definately gonna try to get the wings cupped and on driftwood like in the pic. Thanx again!
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:10 pm

I've already posted this one before but here he is again,
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Postby Trois_beaux_canards » Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:45 pm

nice one ISHOOTDIVERS! I vote for that one!
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