Stuffed Birds and the Status Quo
When someone first takes a tour of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s national headquarters, it’s hard for them to ignore the copious amounts of taxidermy being displayed on my coworker’s walls, desks and tables. A quick lap around the office and you’re bound to run into everything from ptarmigan, grouse and wigeon to snow geese, deer and of course, pheasants. Heck, there’s even a salmon hanging up in the warehouse for good measure. With each mount comes thoughts of an expensive tab and hopefully a good story, but I can’t help to look at these and ask, Where’s the creativity? Are there really only so many options to choose from or have we all just settled in to accepting the status quo?
Recently, while hanging up my newest addition to the ‘ole cubicle, a coworker chirped “Great, that’s exactly how I was going to have my bird mounted, now I need to think of something else.” Sorry, but if you snooze you lose. Granted, my flying wall mount isn’t the most creative thing in the world and I’m certainly not suggesting people French Mount their rooster’s ear tufts, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some fresh options out there as well. Suddenly PF’s Anthony Hauck’s idea of dead-hanging a few birds on an old barn door and creating a wind mobile consisting of doves sounds much more appealing.
Everyone has their own personal taste, and maybe your significant other wouldn’t appreciate 10 doves hanging from your living room ceiling. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t think outside the box.
What are some of the more creative trophy mounts you’ve personally thought of or seen?
PF/QF National’s Tour de Taxidermy:
The Over/Under blog is written by Andrew Vavra, Pheasants Forever’s Marketing Specialist.
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