The Waterfowler wrote:100% close. Only reason mine is even in there is because a special dog made a 400 yard blind with two whistles for it!
A special retrieve as well as a special mount. You are a humble man, but you can take credit for a quality mount Pat. Your bird is a cross between a few taxidermists I recognize, and that's the mark of someone else who appreciates good taxidermy, and stepping up the game.
By the way, I am a huge fan of Jeff. As a part time guy, he's not all wrapped up in the taxidermy thing, mounts the cleanest birds I've ever seen, and he's one of the friendliest guys you will ever talk to. Don't get me wrong, all four of you taxidermists deserve props, but you have to have a favorite, and he's mine! I don't know how the guy makes a buck, because he's OCD about his birds looking so perfect, that he must put in those hours that only a competition piece usually gets. One other thing about him that sets himself apart from the rest. You know when he's proud of a piece, and damn it, he deserves to be proud 9just like the rest, but he'll tell you when he is). Some guys are too busy to even say thanks for appreciating their work (unfortunately, money and being extremely busy does that to people), and he has never ever NOT said thank you when I've complimented his work. His landing or flushing pintails are by far his signature. He has that mount down to perfection, and if you were to add a fifth favorite, I can assure you, you would have two birds of his in your collection!
(I also know your relationship to Shane, and understand you have to remain neutral) lol