One of my best friends owns a tax. shop and I watch him mount waterfowl all the time. He charges around $200 for ducks, and thats cheap for an OUTSTANDING job. If you guys are paying less than that, you better be watching how the bird is CLEANED of ALL fat and meat on the inside of the bird carcass. What is the guy using to preserve the inside, what is he using to clean it, is he using a fake head/beak (last longer and look better) or the shot up one from the bird? Is he cleaning ALL wing bones of meat, fat, tendons etc..? Probably not. How will you know? You'll know in a few years when you are trying to find out what that smell is around the house. Birds are the hardest thing to get clean and the hardest thing to get to look right, as he tells me. It all looks difficult to me. I've seen what it takes to get quality work on waterfowl, it's NOT an easy job. If you are paying cheap,and the taxidermist is not a good friend, you're probably getting cheap. You pay for what ya get.
Pete, you could interject some thought and reasoning on this one.
Hey, did you grab the blind bag with the shells when we left the truck?
Safetys, use them: If you can see red, you can get dead!