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Discussion in 'Beginners' started by huntress_brooke, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. huntress_brooke

    huntress_brooke New Member

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    Hello everyone! I’m just wondering what is the best way to get started in taxidermy for a beginner. I am an avid hunter and very familiar with the duck species and I have about 10 beautiful drake ducks I shot this season in my freezer (waiting to be mounted) and I have already skinned one myself. I’m VERY interested in getting started but dont really know how to or the supplies I need to start learning how to mount ducks. I would greatly appreciate all the help and tips you could give me as to the best way to skin, flesh and mount a duck - and a list of the supplies and best tools needed for just duck mounting. I’ve watched videos but would love to know videos you learned from, and I even tried to work for a local taxidermist for free to observe but he told me he didn’t want to teach anyone. There are no Taxidermy schools in my area either or I would sign up so I am on my own!

    Sincerely,
    Brooke
     
  2. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Where are you located,do you have a state association, that would be a great way to get started.
     
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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Welcome huntress. I would go to Taxidermy Training Unlimited and purchase one or more duck DVDs. I would also go to Research Mannikins Supply Company and purchase one or more from them.
    Most supply companies sell a duck DVD.
     
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  4. 1stturkey

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    Welcome to the most rewarding and frustrating pursuit I know. Taxidermy is something that gets in your blood and you just have to do it, I know. It sounds like you are on the right track with the videos but Richard is spot on. I never learned so much as when I started going to our state show, priceless experience. Also, the archives of this site are an incredible source of information. Do some searching and you'll find answers to most any questions you have. Good luck and have fun!
     
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  5. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

  6. Tom Maul

    Tom Maul Active Member

    All the above is GREAT advice!
    DVD's I learned from...
    Mounting and Finishing a Flying Common Eider by Page Nethercutt (Taxidermy Training Unlimited... TTU)
    Painting Waterfowl Bills and Feet by Joe Kaiser... TTU
    Mounting a Flying Pheasant by Brian Harness... TTU
    Mounting and Finishing a Strutting Turkey by Harry Whitehead... TTU
    Mounting a Flying Waterfowl by Stefan Savides... Research Mannikins
    Mounting a Valley Quail by Stefan Savides... Research Mannikins
    Wood Duck Secrets by Matt Smith... blueribbonbirdsdvd.com
    Don't be mistaken, I by no means learned SOLELY from DVD's (I used all the above advice). Oh, and believe me when I say that I'm still learning.
    Tanglewood gives good advice about DVD's.
    pick a couple different taxidermists (everybody has a different way of getting things done)
    pick a flying video
    pick a standing video
    Pick a waterfowl video and an upland bird video (if you wanna do both, and i suggest you do)
    Pick a TTU video
    Pick a Research Mannikins video
    Matt Smith's video is top drawer, but a bigger investment

    My piece of advice that maybe hasn't been overly stressed above would be PRACTICE and PERSISTENCE!
    If you're afraid to fail you're screwed from the start.
    They'll be plenty of it. You have to persist. When you screw it up, give yourself the time you need to get over it, lick your wounds and do it again. If you take the above advice and practice, practice, practice, you'll do well...
    My two cents
    Best of luck to you
     
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  7. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Right on Tom. Don't be afraid to experiment!
    I am working on a fall jake turkey that that I killed December 2017 that is mostly pin feathers. With a 1" beard and button spurs, it ain't no trophy.
    The reason I'm doing it is because I have a fear of losing all my pin feathers, so every bird I get with pin feathers gets mounted.

    I have learned how to work around and with pin feathers to the point that I lose less feathers now than I did with un pin feathered birds. I learned that there is a better way to flesh birds that have no pin feathers due to success and failure through experimentation.
     
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  8. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

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    The reward of screwing up something is learning how to fix it.
     
  9. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    I would suggest that you obtain one of Tony Finazzo's duck mounting videos and Joe Ferebee's Duck Mounting Basics video. Tony has a long chapter on tools and supplies needed and Joe's is a no nonsense basic mounting procedure that turns out a beautiful mount. Good luck and keep at it.
     
  10. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    I aslo have Tony Finazzo's DVD sets on coloring the bills and feet of both divers and puddle ducks. Complete with materials lists, tips and secrets, His step-by-step approach to airbrushing can give any beginner excellent results the first time!
     
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  11. huntress_brooke

    huntress_brooke New Member

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    I am located in Outer Banks, NC and I will look into that!

    Thank you so much! :)
     
  12. huntress_brooke

    huntress_brooke New Member

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    I plan on purchasing a few DVD's this evening & I will check that website tonight. Thank you for the the information.
     
  13. huntress_brooke

    huntress_brooke New Member

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    Thank you for taking the time to give me some information, I'm going to order DVD's tonight and look into some state shows this evening as well. I'm going to start with the DVD's first so I can hopefully get a supply list together cause right now I'm clueless as to what exactly I need to get started. I have a basic supply list but just want to know exactly what is needed so I don't order supplies that I'll never use. I've been doing a lot of research and I'm so glad that I came across this website and looking forward to getting started! :D
     
  14. huntress_brooke

    huntress_brooke New Member

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    Love your name too ;) I also replied on your thread you recommended to me, and wanted you to know I appreciated all the great information you provided!
     
  15. huntress_brooke

    huntress_brooke New Member

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    Thank you so much for all the DVDs you recommended above. I will be doing some research on each one of them and will be placing an order tonight. I want to gather and absorb all of the information I can before trying a mount and before placing a supply order. I really appreciate all your advice and can't wait to get some practice in!
     
  16. huntress_brooke

    huntress_brooke New Member

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    Best of luck to you experimenting on your Jake! I hear it's all about practice PRACTICE and more practice and experimenting.. and of course practice makes perfect ;) thanks for the advice!
     
  17. huntress_brooke

    huntress_brooke New Member

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    Thank you for these recommendations :) I plan on purchasing one of Tony Finazzo's Duck mounting videos... do you suggest a standing or flying mount for my first one?
     
  18. huntress_brooke

    huntress_brooke New Member

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    Thank you for the recommendation! I plan on purchasing a few of his DVDs tonight!
     
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  19. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Go to the north Carolina association site on here look at pictures from past conventions you,ll see who are the bird slayers.
     
  20. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    Personally I like a standing mount. I think the overall colors are shown better. All of Tony's Dvd's have a chapter on tools and materials needed. Joe's is a standing mount.