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#6498981 - 10/17/16 10:23 AM Help on saving a duck for a mount
M Wilson Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/17/14
Posts: 106
Loc: Flower Mound
I would like to get a duck mounted this year if I manage to shoot one pretty enough. Anyone have any advice on how to preserve it until I can take it to the taxidermist? and while I'm at it, any recommended taxidermists in DFW?
thanks in advance
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#6498995 - 10/17/16 10:30 AM Re: Help on saving a duck for a mount [Re: M Wilson]
bluewingwidowmaker Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 413
Loc: Katy, TX
Put it in a gallon size freezer bag.

If you want, wrap the feet in wet paper towels to help prevent freezer burn.
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#6499436 - 10/17/16 03:23 PM Re: Help on saving a duck for a mount [Re: M Wilson]
Blue drake Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 115
Loc: Hog eye duck hole
Dry it down. Wrap it in newspaper then place in a zip loc bag. Suck all the air out of it.

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#6500846 - 10/18/16 12:31 PM Re: Help on saving a duck for a mount [Re: M Wilson]
Canvasback Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/04/13
Posts: 41
My taxi strongly recommends to NOT use any of the paper as it absorbs the moisture in the skin. I always bag mine trying to get out as much air as possible.

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#6500896 - 10/18/16 12:57 PM Re: Help on saving a duck for a mount [Re: M Wilson]
snowbuster Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/09/12
Posts: 418
Loc: Katy, TX
I have always heard use panty hose and that's what I have been doing,

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#6501503 - 10/18/16 07:30 PM Re: Help on saving a duck for a mount [Re: Canvasback]
Blue drake Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 115
Loc: Hog eye duck hole
My taxidermist tells me to do that. They have all turned out great. But a good rule of thumb is to get it there the same day. Which I always try to do.

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#6501530 - 10/18/16 07:42 PM Re: Help on saving a duck for a mount [Re: M Wilson]
Fallen Feathers Taxidermy Offline
Tracker

Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 666
Loc: Texoma
Put the bird in a couple of ziplock freezer bags and get as much air out as possible and close up tight. If you have no freezer bags that are big enough for the bird wrap them in several thick trash bags air tight then tape them tight around the bird also be sure to tuck head under wing so it doesn't get snapped off in freezer. Panty hose is ok for the bird as long as it's wrapped in plastic as well. Treat the bird as if It was a steak that u was gonna eat that is what I tell my clients. I've also had guys vacuum seal them and works quite well.
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