Oh, cpj: your green-winged teal is mounted up

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 7,075 Senior Member
No, I didn't forget about you. The guy who was instructing me had to finish out his javalina season before we could use up a weekend day for my live-fire tutorial.

For those who don't know, a few months back, I shot this green-winged teal in Nevada. I had an offer from a gentleman I met at a Bass Pro Shop rewards member loyalty event to learn how to do taxidermy on my own ducks (my wife is just tickled with this whole idea). CPJ expressed interest in taking my first mount attempt, so I told him it would be all his when I was done. Well, the posing is complete, the background is complete, and the bird is carded, pinned and drying as I type this. The post is a cupped bird, flying in to finish it's landing mounted on a chunk of driftwood from the Colorado river area.

I now have a new appreciation for why taxidermy is so expensive. It took about 8 hours of work from the time the first cut was made to get this bird, skinned, fleshed, stuffed, detailed, stitched back up, posed and in its final drying position. It now must sit for about a month and change to let the skin changes from the posing take a permanent hold. here are some shots of the bird, still in it's setting. Unfortuantely, a lot of feathers and details are covered up by the necessary carding materials and pins. I'll post the final shots when it's dried and ready to ship.

Greenwingfront.jpg

Greenwingtop.jpg

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It is a LOT of work to mount up a bird, but the end result is really rewarding. I will be saving some more birds, even the beat-up ones, to practice skinning and mounting when next season gets going.
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.

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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,166 Senior Member
    I don't know, looks pretty dang good for a first try. Good job.

    Sako
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    THAT is SO freaking cool! However, I am a little upset that it has all its parts. I was looking forward to a one eyed, one winged duck. :tooth:

    Seriously dude, that looks awesome. I'm sure my wife will be so proud of you too, when I place it on top of the entertainment center. :jester:

    Did you take pics as you were doing it?
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,075 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    THAT is SO freaking cool! However, I am a little upset that it has all its parts. I was looking forward to a one eyed, one winged duck. :tooth:

    Seriously dude, that looks awesome. I'm sure my wife will be so proud of you too, when I place it on top of the entertainment center. :jester:

    Did you take pics as you were doing it?

    I did not get any pics while I was doing it. It might have been interesting, but the only particularly noteworthy step was when the bird was completely skinned and dunked in a bucket of Dawn dish soap and water. It is extremely wierd to see a duck flat as a packcake, covered in soap bubbles, and then consequently rung out like a wet dish rag.

    Oh, and I am not responsible for any hate your eife may have for this thing going over you entertainment center, toilet or bed.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    So, is the skinned tanned at all? Or just washed off and dried out?
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,075 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    So, is the skinned tanned at all? Or just washed off and dried out?

    Not tanned at all. The preservative of choice? Borax soap!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    Huh.Whodathunkit?
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    What about the legs and feet? Do you skin down the legs, or just let them dry?
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • Uncle BSUncle BS Member Posts: 380 Member
    I inject legs and feet with a preservative.
    cpj wrote: »
    Wow. I never knew I enjoyed grilled foreskin.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,075 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    What about the legs and feet? Do you skin down the legs, or just let them dry?

    The legs are typically just left to dry with the heavy wiring keeping the volume. There are also injectable resins that can be used to plump them up, as some species have heavier leg mass that can be lost in the drying process. Green-wings are fine with straight drying.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 8,975 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    Greenwingfront.jpg

    Nice group. Three right in the chest. Now that is primative hunting......
    blowgun.jpg

    :jester:
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    Does it get to smelling funky as it dries? If so, I bet your wife is sooooo proud of you. :tooth:
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,504 Senior Member
    Looks good.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,075 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    Nice group. Three right in the chest. Now that is primative hunting......

    :jester:

    With floral pins, no less. Brought him down like a stone!
    cpj wrote: »
    Does it get to smelling funky as it dries? If so, I bet your wife is sooooo proud of you. :tooth:

    Oh, yeah it does. It already has a funk to it. Not a rotting flesh stench, but it smells wierd. The scent goes away when it's dry, but until then....yum.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • bklysenbklysen Member Posts: 403 Member
    Luis, that bird is flat out gorgeous as it is now. Can only imagine how it looks in person, once all the coverings are removed.

    And Chris...let me know where you finally place that bird when you get it. Since I know where you live, let's make this easy on both of us. Let me know what room, wall, bookshelf, toilet cover, etc. you're gonna put this and whether I'll need a ladder.........and leave the chest pins right where they are. Conversation pieces, you know. :jester:
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    Wife is not to warm on putting it on the entertainment center. She suggested the garage on my reloading bench. I think I will probably compromise and put it in my office at work. :tooth:
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,075 Senior Member
    bklysen wrote: »
    Luis, that bird is flat out gorgeous as it is now. Can only imagine how it looks in person, once all the coverings are removed.

    And Chris...let me know where you finally place that bird when you get it. Since I know where you live, let's make this easy on both of us. Let me know what room, wall, bookshelf, toilet cover, etc. you're gonna put this and whether I'll need a ladder.........and leave the chest pins right where they are. Conversation pieces, you know. :jester:

    I will giggle a bit if suddenly, cpj walks in and has to wonder if this thing is over your fireplace :jester:

    Oh, and the last thing I have to do before it ships is detail the legs and bill. The legs/feet will lose their color and must be painted and the bill will get a satin clearcoat. That shouldn't take more than about 30-40 minutes.
    cpj wrote: »
    Wife is not to warm on putting it on the entertainment center. She suggested the garage on my reloading bench. I think I will probably compromise and put it in my office at work. :tooth:

    Truthfully, that's what I'm going to start doing with any new ones that I get. It helps keep things at home...defused.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »


    It helps keep things at home...defused.
    Understood.

    Ill send you a dead squirrel to stuff once the duck is done. Well, of course it would be dead. Cant very well stuff a live one, huh? Plus shipping would be tough.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    Ill leave it right out in the open, Bob. REAL easy for you to get. Dont worry I wont have it booby trapped or anything....

    And I have not forgot you. I have got to get to the post office. :blush:
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,075 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Understood.

    Ill send you a dead squirrel to stuff once the duck is done. Well, of course it would be dead. Cant very well stuff a live one, huh? Plus shipping would be tough.

    Well, you can try, but I'd highly suggest a rabies shot. Things will probably get sporty in a hurry.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    I got it.
    Squirrel in a leather aviator helmet riding on the back of a duck. Huh? Huh? Pretty good idea if I do say so myself.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,075 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I got it.
    Squirrel in a leather aviator helmet riding on the back of a duck. Huh? Huh? Pretty good idea if I do say so myself.

    I think the squirrel would look better in a toga with a crown of olive sprigs on its head and a spear held high and back in its tiny mitt. Maybe even fashion some sandals for the little guy. The duck would be bridled like a flying horse/pegasus with its head thrown back, mouth gaping open, and the whole thing would resemble some sort of theme from Greek mythology. At the very least, it would be one hellvua conversation starter, or a really awkward grounds for termination at work. $5 says they wouldn't know what they were actually firing you for, but they feel complled to just do it.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,174 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    I think the squirrel would look better in a toga with a crown of olive sprigs on it's head and a spear held high and back in its tiny mitt. Maybe even fashion some sandals for the little guy. The duck would be bridled like a flying horse/pegasus with it's head thrown back, mouth gaping open, and the whole thing would resemble some sort of theme from Greek mythology. At the very least, it would be one hellvua conversation starter, orreally awkward ground for termination at work. $5 says they wouldn't know what they were actually firing you for, but they feel complled to just do it.
    Thats hilarious. And scary. Scary to think just what else goes on in your head.....
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • farm boyfarm boy Senior Member Posts: 987 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    I think the squirrel would look better in a toga with a crown of olive sprigs on its head and a spear held high and back in its tiny mitt. Maybe even fashion some sandals for the little guy. The duck would be bridled like a flying horse/pegasus with its head thrown back, mouth gaping open, and the whole thing would resemble some sort of theme from Greek mythology. At the very least, it would be one hellvua conversation starter, or a really awkward grounds for termination at work. $5 says they wouldn't know what they were actually firing you for, but they feel complled to just do it.


    WANT!!! I can always find another job.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,075 Senior Member
    farm boy wrote: »
    WANT!!! I can always find another job.

    I've seen some good comedy mounts over the years. I'm not gonna lie: after I posted that, I caught myself wondering when squirrel season starts.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,273 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Understood.

    Ill send you a dead squirrel to stuff once the duck is done. Well, of course it would be dead. Cant very well stuff a live one, huh? Plus shipping would be tough.

    Hey, .44mag birdshot, Moisin Nagant, nuff said.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
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