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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-12-2017, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Ducks

Will be an hour and half from home to hunt Ducks. Anything I need to do special to them until I get home for Mounting?
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Take along some nylon stockings to put them in. It makes a nice tight wrap and helps keep their feathers from getting damaged. Then into a bag on ice.
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tuck the head under a wing I've heard.
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Wing under the head is a big one along with those freezer ziplock bags. Shot a stud wood duck only to find out I couldn't get it mounted standing since its feet became freezer burnt and the webbing wouldn't open correctly.
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As a few have mentioned:
Tuck the head under wing before freezing and place in a plastic bag. Smaller ducks will fit in gallon freezer bags. Tucking the head prevents breaking the neck in your freezer or the taxidermist's.

Don't put the duck in a plastic bag until it goes on ice or in a freezer. This will delay cooling and may cause feathers to slip. Don't put duck in a stocking. This also delays cooling and can crease some of the feathers (especially true with net type stockings).

Ducks can stay on ice a couple days and be fine for mounting.

If freezing for any length of time, a chest style freezer (non frost free) is best; this significantly cuts down on freezer burn issues.

Early season ducks are tough. If you are looking to mount a woodie, look it over good. The can be lots of pin feathers on early season birds.

Lastly, find a good bird taxidermist. Some guys can make ducks look alive; not all taxidermists can pull off a good duck mount.
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