Mike, sounds perfect. I would say the first thing you want to do is shop around. Some guys specialize in fish, others in large game, while others specialize in bird taxidermy. Usually the guys who mount birds take it very serious. Stop by their shop and check out their work. Act like you know what you're talking about. A few questions you could ask the taxidermist are; "do you use artificial heads and/or feet?" "Do you calk your wings?" "Do you tumble your birds, or do you just blow them dry?" When you ask them these "key" questions, He'll think you know what you're talking about. He'll be more apt not to screw you or take any short-cuts. I would rather pay a higher price for quality than pay less for a duck that may turn yellow with grease stains in a couple years. You can expect to pay 150 to 200 dollars for a good quality bird. If you find someone who charges 100 dollars, you may want to run the other direction. Although there are wholesale taxidermists who charge near that price. Those prices are reserved for other taxidermists bringing them several ducks at a time. Good luck! Wings cupped, Pete
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