I have to agree. I have over 20 ducks mounted and I learned the first time. DO NOT PUT YOUR BIRD IN PANTYHOSE. My taxidermist is one of the best in California and he said just what Pete said just tuck the head under the wing and put in a Ziplock baggie. I think 3 years is pretty much max, the birds will dry out and get ruined. If you want to see some of his work email me and I will be happyu to send pics. I have got a pair of dead game Mallards. 3 Redheads in a setting, All 3 teal (bluewing and Greenwing getting done now) 3 Eiders flying together, an Oldsquaw, Surf Scoter, Bufflehead, 3 Shovelers in a water setting, a Bluebill coming in for a landing, Specklebelly, A Ross goose, Widgeon and a Hen Goldeneye (getting done now as well). Oh and I almost forgot about my Red Ruddy. his Name is Kevin Moreau, some of you have probably heard of him. He is the best.
hold still.....................hold still........................ TAKE 'EM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!