field care for your trophy!
1. Select the right
specimen. Birds taken early in the season often have "pin
feathers" that will fall out eventually during the mounting process.
This will lead to a less than satisfactory mount. Generally birds
taken in mid to late October on, will have better plumage and give you
a more desired end result.
Here's a Pheasant that was brought
to me early in the season by a customer. The birds plummage appears
to be alright, but after careful examination...The bird is full of "pin
feathers"! All of these purple shafted feathers know as pin
feathers would've fallen out during the mounting process. Pinfeathers
are quite easy to see in the neck and flank areas.
2. NEVER ring the
neck of a bird you intend to have mounted! Instead, squeeze the
bird on the outside of the chest cavity and apply pressure! Be careful
not to disrupt the feather tracks.
3. NEVER gut your
4. Try to keep your
dog from retrieving any bird you intend to mount! (Especially Upland
5. Handle bird by
the feet in the field! Avoid holding by the neck!
6. Do not wash
blood off your bird! (We will do this later!)
Go from this in the
To THIS in your trophy
7. Freeze your bird
as soon as possible! Double wrap in a plastic bag. Take a
damp cloth or paper towel and wrap around the feet of your bird and use
a pair of twist ties to secure! This is to insure your feet do not
become freezer burned and dry out! Gently tuck the neck of your
bird to the side of it's chest!
8. Leaving your bird
in the garage is not a good option for freezing! Your bird will
actually start to decompose at any temperature above ZERO! Store
bird in a chest freezer or make arrangements for me to pick up!
little care in the field, will go along way to insure you have a top quality
specimen on your mantle.
studio/cell number is(701) 741-8687
5426 Belmont Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201
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