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    Default New ptarmigan mounts came home today

    There goes this weeks paycheck....I think they look pretty darn good. Even the wife likes them!
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    Those are very nice!!!! Who did you have do them?

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    Thumbs up I sure like that mount!

    That is a very tasteful mount that would look great in any house! Who did them for you? Thanks for giving us ideas; I gotta get some feathered beauties on the wall to stare at.

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    There you go, giving us more ideas on how to spend money we don't have.

    What the heck, the economy needs a boost.

    Seriously thou, Very nice mounts. Did you have them done locally?

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    Yeah, those birds came out great. Very nice.

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    Ed Forstner in Big Lake did these birds...I heard he was one of the best bird guys around so I gave him a try.
    I wanted a nice bird sitting up but I also wanted to see the contrasting white and black of the fanned tail.
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    There you go, giving us more ideas on how to spend money we don't have.
    No kidding Very nice mount though, Burke
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    Very nice work there.

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    That is a very nice looking mount.
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    Great looking mounts! Put them up high if you got cats. My kids cats ruined two of my mounts a few years back the first night I had them home on the dining room table. Woke up to what looked like an ole fashion pillow fight in the dining room. Took everything I had not to be a catless family in 10 seconds.

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    Nice restraint there chico

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    Burke, what was the preservation process for the taxidermy?

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    I really dont know for sure....I would jut be guessing.
    I just took him the birds.

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    Yeah i was just wondering if you put 'em in pantyhose or something like that to preserve the feathers during transit....never dealt with birds before

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    Default Nice Taxidermy Work!

    Nice mounts . . . . captures them well!

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    I thought you meant for the caping/tanning methods...

    I shot a couple doubles and the dog retrieved one each time while bird, I retrieved the other. She has a soft enough mouth, but a friend who is a taxidermist said even soft mouth dogs can damage the potential mount somehow.
    So I chose to use a bird not retrieved by the dog and then I tucked the head under the wing and carefully placed them into my vest. No special protection. I took four birds to Ed this way and he chose the best of the four to mount.
    I had a willow ptarmigan mixed in and he asked if I wanted the same species or a mixed species mount. Since all the birds were in good shape, I asked for both to be Rock Ptarmigan.

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    I was thinking about Burke's mount and had to bring this thread back up, it's worth seeing again.

    I was wondering if blood is an issue. Every ptarmigan I've shot (allthough not that many) has been bleeding like crazy. Can the taxi clean that up, or do I need to wait for one that doesn't have a high blood pressure problem?

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    Ptarmigan fly around a lot, and need lots of blood (oxygen) running through those muscles, so they do bleed a lot. Here are a few tips to consider when trying to preserve a bird for the taxidermist:

    1. Whoa your dog and walk up and retrieve your own bird.
    2. Immediately place some cotton or tissue or paper napkin/towel into the mouth of said bird.
    3. Place some paper towel or other such material between the wings and body.
    4. Gently remove any blood if you can with water or snow or blotting with a towel or cloth
    5. Stow the bird carefully in panty hose ( hard to explain to other hunters who might catch you with these prior to the taking of said bird!) or a paper bag and carry it back to your truck as gently and as quickly as possible.
    6. Get it to your taxidermist right away, or freeze it.

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    my friend the taxidermist (in montana)told me blood was not an issue...easy to clean out of birds. ???
    the most important is the feathers themselves. dogs mouths can damage them, even the soft mouthed dogs.
    I have never done more than I mentioned above...carefully tuck the head under the wing. If I dont get it to the taxidermist quickly I freeze it wrapped in plastic bags to protect from burn.
    I have only had a couple birds mounted for myself, but collected a few and given them to my friend for mounting.

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    Very nice mounts. I've been wondering about the process of preserving a bird for sometime now.

    Would the handling procedure be the dame for a ruffie or a hooter? There is always a pile of feathers on the ground when you shoot one. Would it still be worth mounting?

    Again, great looking mount.

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