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Mourning Doves Wanted

Discussion in 'Wanted' started by BeckyBird, May 25, 2018.

  1. BeckyBird

    BeckyBird My Baby Bluebirds

    Hi all! I know someone who is looking for a mourning dove, possibly 2-3 (since it often takes a few doves to make one good mount). Do you have any to spare? He will pay for shipping.

  2. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    why does it take more than one to make one mount? makes no sense

  3. I can understand the request for multiple doves. Maybe someone can share a technique to toughen their skin, I haven’t tried to mount one in over 40 yrs. But as I recall, not only are they very thin skinned, but the feathers fall out just by looking at them. Takes a very gentle touch.
  4. BeckyBird

    BeckyBird My Baby Bluebirds

    These doves are not for me, but another taxidermist I know. Agua3777 is correct that doves are tough to mount. Usually it helps to have several doves to work with, in case one has a great body but shot tail feathers, or something like that. You can use another dove's feathers to fill in any missing feathers for the one you want to mount. I had several spares, but threw them out last fall when I cleaned my freezer.

    He wanted to know if I had any spares for him, which I don't, but maybe somebody here has a few they are willing to send. We may just have to wait until the next fall dove hunt!