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Sprig length?

Postby MAX4Utah » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:56 pm

I shot this Pintail today and was considering getting it mounted but decided to hold out for a drake with a longer sprig. What is a "trophy" length sprig?
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby King Eider » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:03 am

That one. do it.
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:11 am

that thing has got a lot of color! and that's a fairly big sprig it's got. not sure how much longer it could get.
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Sprig length?

Postby quackhunter99 » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:17 am

I have one mounted with a sprig that length
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby MAX4Utah » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:54 am

Well $hit, I ate this one already ; ) There have been a lot of pintails over here, hopefully next Friday will produce another :thumbsup:
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby WisconsinWaterfowler » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:36 pm

MAX4Utah wrote:Well $hit, I ate this one already ; ) There have been a lot of pintails over here, hopefully next Friday will produce another :thumbsup:


If it makes you feel any better, it looks like it had some immature feathers on its back.
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby aranger77 » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:11 pm

my personal favorite duck congrats they look good mounted no matter what the sprig lengh :clapping:
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby Sask hunter » Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:55 pm

aranger77 wrote:my personal favorite duck congrats they look good mounted no matter what the sprig lengh :clapping:

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Postby bighop » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:15 am

That one looked good, I just took this one in for a mount, should have gotten a better pic beforehand.

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Re: Sprig length?

Postby MAX4Utah » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:33 pm

bighop wrote:That one looked good, I just took this one in for a mount, should have gotten a better pic beforehand.

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Like WisconsinWaterfowler said, I think mine did have some immature feathers on the back, at least that's what I keep telling myself since I ate it ; )
Be sure you post some pics when its done!
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby duckman27 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:00 pm

Buddy of mine killed one with me a couple years back that had a sprig pushing 9 inches or so. It's on his wall now. The one my little brother got done had a sprig about the size of the one you got and had been it hard water so it was a really cool looking bird
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby Weston81 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:41 am

My Dad shot this one today, is it a Bull Sprig? None of us have ever shot one,so we are both pretty excited about it.
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby MAX4Utah » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:08 pm

Weston81 wrote:My Dad shot this one today, is it a Bull Sprig? None of us have ever shot one,so we are both pretty excited about it.
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Sure is :thumbsup: That's a nice specimen too! That sprig is a good length! I would mount that for sure if its not to beat up.
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby Weston81 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:24 pm

The blood on it makes it look rougher than what it is. Thanks for taking a look at it, this will make my Dad's day!!!
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Postby okie-coyote » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:19 am

my first bull pin had 11 inche sprigs. the bird was shot up pretty bad so there was know way to mount it. but since then i have killed quite a few pintails and none of which a sprigs over 9 inches. i just put one in the freezer about a week ago that had about 7-8 inche sprigs. first one that i have shot that seem not to have a misplace feather on it.
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby alanwebfoot » Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:48 am

you can pull the big sprigs out of a pintail[thats shot up],take your good specimen to the taxidermist to mount along with the ''replacement tail feathers,and he can do a ''change out' Very easy the shorter ones are pulled out the big ones simply pushed right into the holes left by the feathers.After cleaning and degreasing the skin it will dry around the shaft and lock those those big sprigs into place.
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby WisconsinWaterfowler » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:03 pm

alanwebfoot wrote:you can pull the big sprigs out of a pintail[thats shot up],take your good specimen to the taxidermist to mount along with the ''replacement tail feathers,and he can do a ''change out' Very easy the shorter ones are pulled out the big ones simply pushed right into the holes left by the feathers.After cleaning and degreasing the skin it will dry around the shaft and lock those those big sprigs into place.


Yea, but it's not the same bird. That has always been my pet peeve. I don't want to alter the birds to make them something they weren't.
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby Dirty Doug » Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:19 pm

Understand what you are saying WW but I am lots different than you. If I shoot a Pintail and there are 20 of them in a pile waiting to be cleaned you can bet your butt I am picking the best possible bird out to be mounted. Not afraid to tell people that either but my mounts always look great. Quality of the bird most of the times makes the taxidermist always look better. Oh yeah guys. haven't you heard???? SIZE OF THE SPRIG DOES MATTER!! :biggrin: :beer: :beer:
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby Tiburon5 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:20 pm

:bump:


Do you measure from the end of the tail to the end of the sprig, or from the body to the end of the sprig?
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby Pete-pec » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:27 am

Weston81 wrote:My Dad shot this one today, is it a Bull Sprig? None of us have ever shot one,so we are both pretty excited about it.
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Looks like a bull sprig to me?
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Postby youngoilguy » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:39 am

i've been dying to shoot one! never even seen one while hunting though all geat bulls
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby pgquackstacker » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:37 pm

I would say a trophy depends on how many sprig you kill and at what point in the season you kill em. We get quite a few out here so I would say a "trophy" sprig length would be over 9". Now I've seen some really good looking bulls with sprigs less than 9" so it all depends. Here's a nice bull with 5-6" sprigs
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby The Waterfowler » Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:37 pm

Main thing to look for is whether the back down toward the top of the tail has lacing to denote a younger bird. You can add longer tails w/o any problem but tail length has a lot to do with genetics also. Just like deer antlers.
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby Weston81 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:00 pm

Bump. My Dad got his pintail back and it looks pretty dang good to me. The picture makes the bill look white but that isn't the case, it's a baby blue slate color. The taxidermist did a good job of cleaning the bird up.
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Re: Sprig length?

Postby Pete-pec » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:02 pm

The bird turned out good. I think I saw this episode on Scrubs? This is the one where the doctor gets a pretty bird back from the taxidermist, but also gets his face erased. Right? ;)
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