A group of buddies and I had a good hunt in Virginia this year, and we have some new stuff going to the taxidermist. Once I get these birds back, I'll have 7 ducks mounted, 1 pair and 6 singles. It's starting to make me think about what warrants a mount - am I trying to get one if each species I've shot or just what seems interesting? I'm not sure why ducks seem more appealing as a mount than other small game, but each time I shoot a well-plumed drake I think about getting it mounted. How do you decide what to mount; are you collecting or just commemorating a particular hunt/bird?
For me it depends - I kinda do both. Sometimes its something unusual - I got a blue phased snow mounted back when we weren't shooting too many of them here in PA. I got black mounted because it was a gorgeous fully plumed drake and it reminds me of a particular good hunt (between a friend & I - we shot 6 different species of that day). I was trying to get a fully plumed GWT for years that wasn't shot to ---- & back. Finally got one that I knew was one that I hit in NC with a group of friends. It went on the wall. I can look at my different ducks on the wall and tell you where I was, who I was with, and describe the shot. For me - its about the memories. There's still a few species I'd like to add to the wall ... pintail, old squaw, a can. I do regret not getting a great look gadwall mounted also from that NC trip.
Just one, a Canada landing. It took meet 2 years of waterfowling until I got a bird to commit. 3 came in I couldn't believe it, I shot one and jumped outa my layout like my pants were on fire. The kids had a delay that day because it was so cold. I haven't thought about that I'm a long time. The only mentor I had was this board.
None hunted in Quebec with two taxidermist I met on the hunt. We were basically hunting geese. They said they would like to have some ducks to mount so I pulled out a duck call and we shot the limit. I ask if they would mount one for me then they quoted a ridicules price. The next day I ask to be switched to another group we again shot our limit of ducks by calling. Checked back with my Taxie buddies and they never shot another duck the whole trip.....
I find myself to be a collector going for a drake of each species if that goes well maybe I will try for a hen of each in my second half of life "only 33 at the moment" so far I have a goldeneye, buffy, both species of scalp, ring neck, common ganser, gwt, woodie, gadwall,black mallard, also have a Canadian, snow and blue goose. All shot in pa.