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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:
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The Over/Under blog is written by Andrew Vavra, Pheasants Forever’s Marketing Specialist.

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9 Responses to “Stuffed Birds and the Status Quo”

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  1. Cheryl Todd says:

    I would think that any ‘good’ taxidermist would be able to get a mold that fits your hide or whatever and then be able to move things around into the mount you, the owner of that hide wants. The taxidermists give you about four or five molds to choose from but you shouldn’t be afraid the tell them what you really want. If your home town guy you go to every year can’t do that for you then maybe it’s time you seek a new one!

  2. Charles says:

    I’m going on my first bear hunt this fall. If I get one, perhaps I can have it mounted as though it’s clawing through the cloth walls of my cubicle.

  3. Barry says:

    I have a rooster mounted that is crossing a tarred road. Complete with gravel shoulder and solid white line on the asphalt.

  4. brittluvr says:

    At Heritage park in Calgary, they have a painted background with prairie chickens mounted and then bulged out glass to make room for the birds. I want to have that done. Currently we have around 10 pieces of pheasant artwork, a pheasant over the fireplace (not as nice a mount as the one above) a grouse in the den downstairs and some stored at my husbands parents home.

    I don’t really get the turkey feet though.

  5. Diane Lueck says:

    My favorite mount was not birds, it was white crappie. Years ago, visiting a friend’s mother in Louisiana. This Southern lady had a piece of driftwood maybe 5′ high, with four crappie that were I swear 18″ across. Being from Wisconsin, I love crappie, but I have never seen such a gorgeous piece. I really hoped she would leave it to me in her will. (Didn’t happen.)

  6. Jim Brown says:

    Hoe about a European mount on a big knarly rooster?

  7. David Urlaub says:

    I have loose feathers from one pheasant, as well as the whole feather pattern from another bird. I am looking for ideas on how to display the feathers. Any suggestions?

  8. Andrew Vavra says:

    David,

    I’d suggest maybe creating a shadow box to place the feathers in? If you’re not familiar with this technique, a simple google search should provide plenty of ideas for you. Thanks for the question!

  9. taxidermy says:

    Might sound kind of weird, but how about a mount using just the bones of the pheasants? They can easily be cleaned using dermestid beetles. Piece them together like an ancient artifact. Now you not only have a unique mount, but people can also admire the bone structure and possibly learn something.

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