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    Talking my dads old ithica strikes again!

    well i made it a personal goal to get out and make my dad proud this year, and id like to think i am!
    last weekend i went out in saerch of some birds and came across my first ruffed grouse that wanted to coperate! 3 second and 1 flush later, BOOM. i got him! by far the biggest most beautiful grouse i have ever taken...
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    Congrats Joe! Really nice bird!
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    Wow! Joe. That's a very nice grouse. Congratulations. If I were you, I'd save that tail fan so you can look at it when you are old and gray and want to remember that very first ruffed grouse. I'm thinking maybe next fall you should come up north and hunt them over my pointing dogs. Good shooting. I know your dad is proud. We are.

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    Very nice!
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    thanks everyone!
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    and jim,
    i actualy saved the birds skin and froze it because i wanted somthing done with it... will a taxidermist do a grouse tail mount?
    ive never hunted over dogs, but that sounds lake a plan!

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    Wow! Joe. That's a very nice grouse. Congratulations. If I were you, I'd save that tail fan so you can look at it when you are old and gray and want to remember that very first ruffed grouse. I'm thinking maybe next fall you should come up north and hunt them over my pointing dogs. Good shooting. I know your dad is proud. We are.

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    Don't need a taxidermist to mount the tail fan. Spread it out to nearly 180 degrees and push-pin it to a piece of cardboard. Salt or Borax the meaty portion. Let it dry for a week or two and you have a fine trophy for all times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joefish00000 View Post
    and jim,
    i actualy saved the birds skin and froze it because i wanted somthing done with it... will a taxidermist do a grouse tail mount?
    ive never hunted over dogs, but that sounds lake a plan!
    Seeing that you saved the skin, if you left the head on and you did a good job on the rest of him, you might consider a full mount of him strutting.....which means tail all puffed out too. If you've never seen a grouse strut it's stuff, they do look really cool doing that. Kinda like a miniature turkey....lol.

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    yes i left head on and hes in really good shape. i have seen grouse strutting and they look awesome! i think ill do the tail mount idea
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    That's a beautiful bird joefish. Don't tell us your spot, but that looks like pretty open country for ruffs. What did you find in his crop?
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    Good eats there! Nice job. And if I were you I'd take Jim up on that offer! Nothin like hunting upland birds over fine dogs
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    Outstanding!

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    Nice bird I think your dad will be proud
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