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Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby vp1016 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:48 pm

I shot my first Canvasback this weekend. I have been hunting for almost 20 years and have always wanted to drop one.

I wanted to get opinions about mounting this Canvasback. He clearly isn't in full plumage, and I am having second thoughts about mounting him. The only duck mount I have is a full plumaged wood duck that was the first duck I ever shot. I have him in the freezer, and may wait until the end of the season to see if I shoot a nicer one.


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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby youngoilguy » Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:35 pm

hard to say, its up to you. I've laid eyes on a grand total of 0 cans while hunting so if I shot it I may. Only you can decide. Photos document "less than mountable" birds well. I took a bunch of photos of a blue goose I shot in MO, didnt kill a nice "eagle headed" one.

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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby PADuck » Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:26 pm

If your mounting only prime birds then o but if you mount special birds that are a personal memory to you then yea. It's not prime but that doesn't always constitute a trophy
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby Pete-pec » Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:34 pm

I've hunted pool 9 on the Mississippi here in Wisconsin many times during this exact time of year. If you have never heard of the canvasback migration that happens here, you haven't read many duck hunting articles. There are thousahds and thousands of cans that stop-over here and feed on wild celery. I've shot quite a few cans, and ZERO have ever been worthy of the wall as far as plumage goes, but they could be mounted. It so happens that the can is one of those birds that could always use more time to plume out. I've mounted two mid January birds that still had head and necks that still had pin feathers. It happens to be a bird I wish I could find a good one still.

So can your bird be mounted? Of course the bird can be mounted (physically), but as it's been mentioned, it depends on if your memory (first can), or if quality, is more important to you?
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby duxrus » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:01 pm

Is it just me but doesn't that bird have WHITE patches on its back that aren't normal? The brown checkered shoulder area shows it is lacking on maturity but if it does have special coloration I would chance it. Yes it won't be perfect but make sure to take it to a waterfowl specialist that knows the ropes with dealing with not so prime birds
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby Pete-pec » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:09 pm

I saw that to Brian I just thought it was bad lighting?
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby vp1016 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:23 pm

This was the first time I have ever even seen a Can in the areas I hunt, much less dropped one. Also, to add to the the story of it, I shot it on the family ranch. Typically ducks don't stop on any of our properties, but the oil company we have a lease with built a new padsite and the recent rains have caused one of our wheat fields to flood. The field has about three feet of standing water covering about 30 acres. It was loaded with ducks, and last weekend was probably the best hunt of my life. The oil company is repairing the property soon and I likely wont get to hunt there next season. Given y'alls comments and the "sentimental" value I think I will probably mount it. I may wait until after next weekend to see if I get one that looks better, but I doubt I am that lucky. I just don't want to hang it in the office and have to explain why I mounted "that bird". I haven't ever seen a mounted Can in person so I wanted some opinions. All the ones online are much better looking, but I am sure that is why they are posted online.

Out of curiosity, for those of you who have a Can mount or have seen several, on a scale of 1 to 10 how does this bird rate? May be a stupid question, but I thought I would ask.

Thanks for all the comments!


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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby vp1016 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:26 pm

Yes it has white coming in on his back. Its easier to see in person, but his back is kind of grey and white speckled. With some spots having mostly grey or mostly white feathers. I thought it was kind of interesting, but its the first Can I have ever dropped so I didnt think much of it.


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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby Pete-pec » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:38 pm

Tough scale. Duckling being a 1, and a five year old in april/may being a 10, a 6 or 7. He's probably 60 or 70% plumed. Getterdone!
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby Louisiana Duck Slayer » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:49 pm

Last year, I shot this pair of Redheads that were less than prime. I had them done in a dead mount and hung it directly on the wall next to the door of my game room. The look that I was going for was just coming back from hunting, hanging my kill on a nail (getting ready to clean them). So, 'prime' wasn't really important to me.

Anyway, if I were you, I'd do a dead mount with maybe another type of diver and it would look cool.


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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby moreychuck » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:18 am

i have hunted ducks over 45 years. small ponds n nbeaver ponds never seen a can, if i ever get a bull its on the wall
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby vp1016 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:10 am

Duck Slayer - That is a nice looking mount, and a good idea. By the way your game room is amazing!
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby vp1016 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:12 am

moreychuck wrote:i have hunted ducks over 45 years. small ponds n nbeaver ponds never seen a can, if i ever get a bull its on the wall


That is kind of how I feel. I may get one in the future, but the chances are slim. I think I am going to keep it on ice until this weekend, just incase I happen to get one that has more plumage.

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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby duxrus » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:44 am

Your bird has "strange" coloration which makes it even better. Even a single bird dead mount would look cool. You can hide "flaws" alittle easier on a dead mount along with it supposedly looking dead where a few issues fit into the look. You can carefully airbrush those brown shoulder feathers black for a more mature look but I kinda like the pattern. It looks the the redhead posted. Adds character. We are just guessing about "quality". Until you open them up you really just know how bad the pin feathers will be. I had a similar looking redhead that turned out great and the feathers were just mature enough not to cause major issues. Like I suggested before.... Take or send it to a bird guy.
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:00 am

The area I hunt has an over abundance of canvasbacks each year. I mounted a big gray one and a hen my buddy shot the next day. I could have easily stalked a white one, but the memory of those 2 hunts is the reason of why I chose to mount those 2. And mine was the biggest duck I had ever shot. If you want a better looking can, keep it in the freezer and see what happens by the end of the season. But where you haven't even seen one for that many years, what are the odds of seeing one again? To me, a duck mount isn't just a nice looking bird, but a memorable hunt that went along with it.
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby vp1016 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:23 pm

Thanks everyone for all of the comments. I am going to go for it, or at least take it to my taxidermist and see what he says. It’s a great way to memorialize an amazing hunt, and I have some open space on my office wall. I will post pics once I get it back.

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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby Louisiana Duck Slayer » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:35 pm

vp1016 wrote:Duck Slayer - That is a nice looking mount, and a good idea. By the way your game room is amazing!


Thanks for the compliment on my gameroom Sir. I'm glad you're going to put your duck in the wall. I think you'll be happy that you did it.
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby DuckManClyde » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:12 pm

vp1016 wrote:I shot my first Canvasback this weekend. I have been hunting for almost 20 years and have always wanted to drop one.

I wanted to get opinions about mounting this Canvasback. He clearly isn't in full plumage, and I am having second thoughts about mounting him. The only duck mount I have is a full plumaged wood duck that was the first duck I ever shot. I have him in the freezer, and may wait until the end of the season to see if I shoot a nicer one.


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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby GoldenEye23 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:46 am

I'm going through the exact same thing as you, same duck same plummage. Very rare for my area and it was an awesome experience hunting it. And I'm getting it mounted as a dead mount cause the belly is brown. Odds are you'll never shot another.
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Re: Should I mount this Canvasback?

Postby sprigs4days » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:30 pm

moreychuck wrote:i have hunted ducks over 45 years. small ponds n nbeaver ponds never seen a can, if i ever get a bull its on the wall

Been hunting 35 years and finally got my first on New Years day. He's not the most mature, but being my first I decided to have him mounted.
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