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I was lucky enough to take a big drake redhead this morning wearing jewlery!!! I have never had a duck mounted but think this is a great bird to get done. I am hoping some of you may be able to tell me how to take care of the bird until I can get it to somebody (freeze, wrap in paper then freeze??) Also any recommendation on a reasonable taxidermist? preferably close to West Jordan. Thanks in advance
 

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Define "reasonable taxidermist?" If your talking mentally, I can think of a few who would be ruled out, right off the bat... :D

As far as care, from what I have been told by fellers who do this stuff, air is the enemy. tuck the head under a wing or up against the body, tightly wrap in newspaper, the place in an airtight plastic bag, such as a bread bag or newpaper bag. Did I mention, get the air out of the bag. Place in freezer and viola! She is ready for taxidermisting! ;)

Congrats on the band! That is way cool! I've never taken a banded bird in my years of shooitng waterfowl. However, generally speaking, this time of year birds are not plummed up right to make a good mount. You may just want to add the band to your lanyard and prepare the bird ofr the roaster. Obviously, I haven't seen the bird, but I'll bet it's likely in eclipse phase, or pretty close to it. You don't want such a bird hanging from your wall and any taxidermist worth his salt would likely tell you that. But if somehow you've got a fully plummed drake greenhead on October 6th, get 'er done! Then go buy some lottery tickets, 'cause you'd have to be one lucky dude! 8)

Talk to longgun, stuffin ducks, and tex on these boards (PM them, and I think Tex moderates the taxidermy board on this site). They will give you the straight poop on your banded bird. Again, congrats on the band!
 
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