I've been lurking around this site and extracting information for a couple of years now. This place is a treasure trove of information, and has helped my son and I to be able to get him started in taxidermy. At 13 years old, I'm not sure whether he'll decide to stick with it or not, but as much as he likes to duck hunt, I don't think that he'll be able to afford not to stick with it. I would like to thank everyone here on this site for posting up your tips and information that has made this mount possible. Any tips, suggestions, and critiques are welcome. The rest is a c/p from the local sites I posted this on. Thanks Gotta brag on my 13 year old son, Peyton. He just finished mounting his 3rd duck which was the very first duck he ever killed. This Mallard drake was his first kill and has been in the freezer for 5 years. I am really surprised that it was still in as good condition as it was. Peyton has always talked about the ducks he wanted mounted. Me, being the tightwad that I am, told him that I wasn't paying 200+ dollars a bird for all of the ducks he wanted stuffed, and if he wanted his ducks mounted that he could either save his money for them or learn to do taxidermy. Last year, he mounted his first duck, which was a Goldeneye hen, and the mount pretty much went as expected. Kinda rough, but not too bad for a first mount. The second mount, which was a Hooded Merganser drake, looked much better. Not perfect, by any means, but much better than the first mount. A few weeks ago, he pulled out his first Mallard kill and said that he wanted to do a dead mount with it. He did most all of the work on this one. I did cast an artificial head replica for him, set the wires in the body, and built a barn wood shadow box. He did all of the skinning, fleshing, washing, sewing, and painting. He was very patient and thorough in the cleaning. I think he did a fine looking job on this bird, especially considering that he only has about $20.00 materials in it. If this is something that he decides that he enjoys doing, I think he may have some talent for this kind of thing. I wished I could have gotten into doing something like this when I was 13. From a proud papa, bragging on his boy. Hope you enjoy the pics.