Mature Pintail?

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Mature Pintail?

Postby greatwhite » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:32 pm

How can you tell if a pintail is mature? I killed my first one with a sprig this weekend. It's not very long, but I read they can vary in length regardless of age. Can anyone tell me if this is a mature bird or not? Thinking about putting it on the wall, as this is my favorite bird and first one I have killed that looked nice.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby h2ofowlr » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:43 pm

Looks like a mature one. Usually the immature ones don't have the long pin and don't have the good coloring. You will see a lot of brown in a immature bird.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby beretta24 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:09 pm

Both birds look solid
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby Tealer » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:10 pm

Check for a purple hue on the head of a pintail.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby greatwhite » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:23 pm

It does have a slight hue of purple when the light hits it right. I thought I read somewhere about the colors near the tail feathers. I would like to mount both, but I think the funds only only for one. Any recommendations for taxidermists? I read a lot of people recommend Leon, just curious if there is anyone on the west side?
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby washingtonmuley » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:32 pm

greatwhite wrote:It does have a slight hue of purple when the light hits it right. I thought I read somewhere about the colors near the tail feathers. I would like to mount both, but I think the funds only only for one. Any recommendations for taxidermists? I read a lot of people recommend Leon, just curious if there is anyone on the west side?

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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby beretta24 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:37 pm

Jerry at Flyway is a sponsor and does awesome work. He's in MN but over 50% of his customers are out of state.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby Tealer » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:49 pm

The west side doesn't have a good taxi that I know of. There are enough of us that travel back and forth.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby wickedwingz » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:11 am

Go to Casper Taxidermy. He is in Walla Walla, he has done all 4 of my birds, he has done amazing work in a timely matter. I have sent him 6 birds this year between me and my friends this year check him out.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby Cougar125 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:51 am

If you don't mind shipping I could recommend some guys as well. Great looking bird!
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby brokerbyduck » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:11 am

Send one in and throw the other in the freezer for now. Both look real nice in the pic but if it were me, I'd send the pintail in first. He's a looker.

There are a lot of good taxidermists out there and I'm sure you could find one on the west side if location is important to you. Personally, I have several ducks and geese at Leon's right now. I'm pickier than most when it comes to mounts and I prefer to send my trophies to guys who have been in the business a long time and are very skilled. You are going to be looking at that bird for a long time, make sure you choose someone who will give you the quality you will be happy with today and in the future.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby Hntrspud » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:57 am

Good looking bird! Congrats on a nice Bull! Are there any other pics of him?
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby greatwhite » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:29 pm

Unfortunately, I didn't think to take any more pictures. I will probably end up giving Leon a call, it seems that a lot of people recommend him. I am going to see about shipping a bird to him, otherwise it would be close to a 9-10 hour round trip.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby bknilvr00 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:54 pm

greatwhite wrote:Unfortunately, I didn't think to take any more pictures. I will probably end up giving Leon a call, it seems that a lot of people recommend him. I am going to see about shipping a bird to him, otherwise it would be close to a 9-10 hour round trip.


Depending on how many people take birds to him... we could throw together taxi train... Ive got 4 birds I need mounted, but im probably 2-3 hours away traffic permitting... Id be willing to take some birds and do a hand off to the next guy to get them there... any body interested?
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby Knighttime25 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:36 pm

I have had two birds done by Leon now and couldn't be happier with his quality of work :thumbsup: I always just overnighted them Fed-Ex from Mount Vernon to Tri-Cities and cost about $40 or so, and then made the trip down to pick them up. Shipping them one way is cheaper than I can drive and they will get there the next morning. Plus if you ship this time of year you don't have to worry about them thawing any. Here's Leon's quality of work:
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby brokerbyduck » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:10 pm

I'm most likely going to have to make a trip from tri cities to the Lynden area in the next couple of weeks. Those birds can ride back with me if you want to avoid the shipping charges.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby Tealer » Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:50 am

That is a great Harli mount.
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Re: Mature Pintail?

Postby AnonymousDuck » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:54 pm

Very nice look pintail. I shot my first pintail drake last season and sent mine in to be taxied, looking forward to seeing it again. Great job!
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