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Duck Euro Mount

| January 19, 2020
mallard duck euro mount
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

I really happen to like euro style mounts across just about every animal species, so I did a euro mount out of a Mallard Drake to add to my collection.

Because of the fragile and small nature of a bird skull, they are actually more work to clean than a larger skull.

The 4 step boiling method however, is the same.

Step 1: Cleaning
Remove as much muscle and tissue as possible, then gently boil with dish soap.

Step 2: Boiling and Cleaning
After boiling for a while, use your judgement, remove any additional loosened tissue, like brain, or connective tissue, replace water with clean water and more dish soap, and continue to boil. Repeat step 2 as many times as it take to remove all tissue.

Step 3: Bleaching
Do a last boil with soap, but also add hydrogen peroxide. If the skull properly cleaned at this point, you don’t need very much hydrogen peroxide to get a nice white skull. I personally like to see a tiny bit of color in various parts of a skull. Bleaching also helps kill any bacteria that would cause any hidden or unseen tissue from rotting later. Although this step can be done with bleach, as the name implies, bleach will make bones chalky, and weak.

Step 4: Let Dry
The simplest step, let dry. I let dry in direct sunlight, as this seems to help whiten the skull to a more bright white. Make sure no critters steal your mount at this stage.

Step 5: Sealing(Optional)
I don’t ever seal my euro mounts, I’ve never found a need. However some people will clear coat, lacquer, or even paint white, their skulls.

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Bagged a Mallard Drake

| January 11, 2020
mallard drake
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Bagged a Mallard Drake. While its not a big deal to a lot of waterfowl hunters who do it all the time, I’ve never made much of an effort to hunt migratory birds before. I’ve spent a few good days scouting, 6 mornings and one evening setting up, hours observing and learning about weather influence, proper decoy placement, and passed on a lot of diver ducks, waiting for a Mallard, Teal, other dabbling duck, or a goose.

After an unsuccessful morning hunt, and a solid day of working, I returned to the field for an evening hunt. I set up my mallard decoys just right for the wind conditions. A lone Mallard spotted the landing zone of my decoys, dropped in like a cruise missile, then flared to land. I took my shot and folded him right at the edge of some frozen ice.

I was rewarded for my patience(something I have very little of) and my persistence. I had bagged my target bird, a Mallard Drake, and no longer felt bad about passing on a bunch of diver ducks.

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