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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby sprigs4days » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:22 pm

850 mounts! thats incredible. i have a grand total of 5. do you mount them yourself or do you send them out?
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby The Waterfowler » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:55 pm

I've done about 80-85% of them.
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby sprigs4days » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:09 pm

Not only do you tell the best duck hunting stories that ive ever read, you also do some of the best taxidermy work i have ever seen. you sir are The WaterFowler.
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby The Waterfowler » Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:21 pm

Thank you for such kind comments. I'm just a guy that apreciates pretty birds and loves waterfowl and turkeys. I've been blessed, lucky and fortunate to do some of the things I have done.
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby ramsey » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:09 pm

Your trip of a lifetime gets our full attention: Ramsey Russell 's GetDucks.com is a full-time, full-service sporting travel agency specialized in trophy duck species and wingshooting experiences. We are paid sponsors of Duckhuntingchat.com
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby Erie » Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:59 am

You really should consider writing a book
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Postby troutman561 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:37 am

Erie wrote:You really should consider writing a book


I agree, I would buy it in a heart beat...
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby Crazy Matt » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:14 am

I wish I would have never looked at this...I am so jealous.
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Waterfowler's wall

Postby Eorlando » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:53 am

Wow what an incredible collection of mounts!!!! I was looking at the link to your blog and I saw that you had a picture of a mounted smoke phase hen turkey. How many smoke or silver phase turkeys have you harvested and seen. I was fortunate enough to harvest one a few years ago. When I initially saw it I thought it was a domestic turkey of at least mixed with one. It wasn't until later that day I realized what I had killed. Luckily I hadn't cleaned the bird yet and he was still in the fridge at the house. John Beard in TN mounted him for me and actually entered the mount in NWTF taxidermy competition where it took second place. He told me that this was the first smoke phrase Osceola that he had ever seen. Here are a couple of pics.
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Postby The Waterfowler » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:23 pm

Gd you had a good taxidermist do the bird for you. i know john and really like his work. Saw the mount at the NWTF some time ago.

I've seen three color phases like you call the smoke phase, which, I guess is the accepted nomenclature. I call them mutants as they aren't quite leucistic and smoke is as good as any for the description. The one i have was killed in Arkansas. Have seen one in Mississippi and another in Tennessee. Neither one down the barrel of my shotgun. :sad: We killed several white and red and white ones in New Zealand that were Merriam's mutants, but those birds over there that are in certain pocket populations have a lot of weird mutations like no beards, no spurs and curled toes from all the inbreeding. Very nice bird and being an Osceola is even more special. Great trophy.
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby Cougar125 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:23 pm

I just found this thread and would just like to say "WOW". I read a few of your posts and looked at ALL the pictures you posted. It really appears that you have "been around the block" a few times in pursuit of various birds. It really must have been a unique experience each and every time.
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Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:57 pm

A lot of miles and a lot of memories. Thanks.
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby duxrus » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:31 pm

Pat,

How rare are smew ? I saw you had one (duh like you don't have EVERYTHING :bow: ) but didn't know if there were places where they were abundant and readily harvested.

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Postby rivercountry » Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:49 pm

You have to be one of the luckiest men on earth. Not skill wise because your skill at at taxidermy and waterfowl hunting is very apparent. I guess fortunate would be a better way of putting it to have hunted all the palces you have hunted and made all those great memories. My hat is off to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby The Waterfowler » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:17 pm

Brian, Smew are found in some pretty difficult areas to hunt, like Russia. Never in big flocks like Eiders for instance. Fairly common in some upper class and high end aviaries.
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby duxrus » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:39 pm

Pat,

I was thinking about sending a client after them so he could gift me one instead of me paying 500.00ish to an avairy :lol3: I was hoping you knew of a "hot spot" for them.

Oh, well. I will leave those on my showroom wish list :thumbsup:

Love the slide show of your mounts....... :clapping: :bow: :clapping:
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Postby The Waterfowler » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:58 pm

Right now Russia is about the best bet, but getting them out is another problem. Ramsey killed a drake over there but hasn't gotten it back yet. Will keep you updated. I bought 5 drakes once for $500 total, wish I had kept them all.
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby DuckMendenhall » Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:32 pm

Unreal...your trophy room must be enormous!

A couple of mine-of course no comparison!

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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby callumcuffumkillum » Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:22 pm

I would have thought the wood duck x shoveler was a wood duck x mallard but i guess if it was pen raised there is know argument haha AWESOME looking ducks and mounts :thumbsup:
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby bvillekid01 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:03 pm

If I ever get a carrige house it will look like that
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby canvas6 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:12 pm

@ the waterfower ,What duck and what goose do you have the most of on your walls
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby The Waterfowler » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:12 pm

Canvas 6, tough question. Have about 15-20 King Eiders and about that many Harlequins. Eiders in general with 7 species make up the highest total. Not all are on the walls as many are in glass cases. Black Ducks rank high among puddle ducks as do Cinnamons and Cans probably for divers. Snows and Blues outnumber Specks I guess for the geese.
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby canvas6 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:25 pm

whats the total of duck and goose bands and collars ? And have your ever shot any wing tags or web tags
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby The Waterfowler » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:26 pm

Have killed three birds with double wing clips and streamers, a half dozen or so with toe clips, two with nasal saddles. Not sure on collars, probably 50 and not sure on bands either, over 200, maybe 250. But, understand I've been waterfowl hunting for over 50 years, been very lucky shooting them and back in the 60's we killed about one band per 50 Mallards, about 1 per 250 now. Been blessed to have hunted a lot, had good dogs that found a lot that may have been lost and pay attention as I've seen several dozen banded birds before I shot them.
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Re: Waterfowler's wall

Postby canvas6 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:39 am

Where the wing clips off swans ? And have your ever killed a Trampeter swan?
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