Hey pete-pec. I shot those ducks last year. Do you think they will be ok? Should I thaw them out and refreeze them? The blue wing Im kind of nervous about doing it, along with the wood duck. Might need some help with some mounting ideas.Pete-pec wrote:RedTx,
Please store those ducks better. I cringe when I see your freezer full of ducks with their necks wanting to snap in half. I know you'll probably get to these soon enough, but while their in your freezer un-wrapped with no protection from dehydration, they become more and more dammaged, and harder by the day to make them look pretty. I know their is a huge misconception that people need to wrap their ducks in a stocking, but any taxidermist would rather see them wrapped up in a minimum or two freezer-bags. Anyone who has mounted a duck knows how much abuse they actually go through, so don't worry about the stocking or nylon. It doesn't hurt, but not needed. The best way in my opinion to freeze a duck, is to first freeze it with it's head either tucked under a wing, or laying over it's breast. You can freeze it with it's neck straight out, but it will be more prone to breakage. once it is frozen, then I take it and vacuum wrap it. The bird will last for years before it becomes "non-do-able". I want to mention that you should never thaw the bird while under vacuum, for some reason it will draw a ton of blood out of the shot holes that ultimately killed the bird. Congratulations on the nice variety of birds. I also think the Drake Shovelor is one of the prettiest ducks when in it's breeding plummage, and your bird doesn't look all that bad. The Bluewing and Greenwing Teal are pretty close as well. I unfortunately live in Wisconsin, and our season ends, and the ice begins long before those ducks are in good color. Where's the Pintail? You do live in texas don't you?
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