I think it is time to start a thread with the thought in mind to help people answer their own questions by reading this thread. If you have a question that comes up, please cut and paste the question and post it here. This goes for everyone willing to participate. Simply put, if you see a question that comes up and it is not on this thread already, please cut and paste it to this thread, and we will all answer it as best as we can. If you see a question asked that you know has been answered here, simply cut and paste this link to that thread, and then they will see ALL those answers on one thread. Of course there are going to be questions with elaborate answers or many opinions. That's fine. This is a forum that wants to teach and inform. We have answered many of these questions multiple times, and have given some long winded, detailed answers. We would like to save the time and teach people to search, and answer that question themselves, that is new to them, but old to some of us. I have been here since 2004. trust me, I've probably seen it asked already, and if I had an opinion or the time, I answered it as well. If it's not a frequent question, we will leave it be. We're not trying to discourage conversation by any means!
I will start out with three questions. I don't want to take away everyone else's thunder, so I will start out with the three most commonly asked questions.
I shot a bird, how should I get it mounted? That's easy! The way you like! There are several common poses done by taxidermists, and they are: Flying, standing, resting, swimming, preening, diving, and dead mounts. Of course there are several twists to any of these mounts, but these are the standard so to speak.
I'm looking for a taxidermist in XXXXX, any suggestions? Please don't shop by locale. Instead, shop the internet for taxidermists who are good, and although this may be argued, stick with a guy who specializes in birds. Things to look for are websites with good pictures representing all facets of bird taxidermy. He will TEND to have higher prices. His turnaround times will be a bit longer. The most important thing is, shop around. Do not send a bird to a guy sight unseen. You can ship a bird, and have it returned. Packaged well, you can ship a bird FedEx ground, and it will be just fine. Some taxidermists request overnite or priority shipping, but the extra cost of good taxidermy is well worth it in the long run.
I shot a bird. Can you show me your mounts so I can get some ideas? You want ideas? Google images of the bird you want. Copying a taxidermist is silly! Be specific, type in: landing drake mallard, and then click images in the upper left corner. Don't get me wrong, there are taxidermists who do fantastic work, but Mother Nature is better! Sorry to all the Masters out there, but I'd hope none of them would argue this point! If you want to see mounted birds, then ask this instead. Hey, I'm bored, and love to see taxidermy work. Can you guys post up some damn work already! Or visit the sponsors websites, or search the web, or visit The Waterfowler's wall thread!
Alright guys, I need your help and participation, so this is enjoyable and fun!