At this point I feel bad for Bruce there so much talk on this but it is important. If you mount your own federally protected migrating birds that are legal to hunt you do not need a migratory bird permit. I feel he doesn't need one for this owl as well if he has/had the proper permits as long as he donates after said taxidermy is finished but this is my option, a grey area. I'm sure Bruce will let us know after he contact the DNR officer the gave permit. Which IMO the place to start.