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    Default We got our birds back!!!

    I love our taxidermist! We set out last fall for some color phase ptarmigan, we ended up taking 4 of them to her along with our diamond willow base and this is what she came up with. They are designed to sit pretty high on the wall, looking out into the room....


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    looks great..

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    Default ptarmigan

    Real nice taxi work. Thanks for sharing.

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    curious if you can give a rough cost for one of those mounts huntress. tell the taxi nice work.

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    Thanks guys! I'm very happy with the way they turned out. Color phased birds are really hard to get mounted, they went in there in an molting stage and came back to us beautiful!


    If you guys would like to visit her for a quote I'd be happy to pass on her information.
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    Freaking cool! I want one.
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    Wow, those birds came out nice!

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    Here's another shot of them...we figured anyone can have white ptarmigan....we wanted them
    during the fall when changing colors.

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    Very nice, they look great on the wall!

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    To have live game birds in your home is neat. What do you feed 'em?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crab_n_fish View Post
    To have live game birds in your home is neat. What do you feed 'em?
    no, you can tell those are stuffed because they still have the fall transitional pattern. During the spring the brown and white would be reversed

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    Default Beautiful idea

    Those look Fantastic, what a great idea to hunt and mount them in that color phase. Thanks for posting those pics

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    Really nice, Huntress. I was going to say someone gave you guys the bird, but I won't.

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    I thought about getting some of my birds mounted in the past. I think it would be torture for the pup. He would probably sit and stair at them all day waiting for them to flush.
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    Why not! I have quail/chickens in the house at this very moment.....haha!
    KF, it wouldn't be the first time.....and I doubt the last...

    Lynch I can see it now, your avatar says it all! lol.....

    Thanks for peeking, they sure look pretty cool sitting up there looking out at us. We always seem to do things just a little different than the rest. Wait till you see my porky! lol...


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    Really nice! I like the shot from the top...

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    I have never got anything mounted before and was wondering how you take them to the taxi? Take them whole correct? What is the best shot placement for best results? I would like to get some mounted soon... Also what is the best time of year to kill for a mount? Fall/Spring/Winter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntress View Post
    Why not! I have quail/chickens in the house at this very moment.....haha!
    ..
    Here is a photo of my Leghorn rooster "Blueberry," in the utility room June 24, 2004:

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    After the local raccoons or 'possums made a nice meal out of the few chickens and turkeys I had been raising, this one was safely put inside at night. (Notice the cage)....Of course, he ended up as part of a predator's food chain just weeks thereafter...

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    Best shot placement is the one that takes them down...I have never worried about it. Obviously you do not want a 10 yard shot with full choke.
    just carefully place the birds in your vest or carry them out in your hands if you are not far from the end of your hunt and truck. I tuck the heads under the wings and put in a plastic bag. The ptarmigan I had mounted I didnt even have the plastic bag. Some folks use a nylon stocking which is great for keeping feathers in place and protected.
    Time of year is up to you...if you want ptarmigan with the mottled look,take them earlier in the season. Winter plumage take them late winter.
    Most birds are generally better plumed late in the season when the have fully developed feathers and the molt is long past.

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    Default huntress

    the mounts look great...I wouldnt mind having the color phase in my collection.

    Was the fact that they were in the middle of changing make it more difficult to keep good feathers?

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