I have just completed my first ever taxidermy mount, which was a mallard duck. I can post pictures of it tomorrow, as the lighting sucks right now and it’s still covered in tape. The face was slashed up from its own broken skull, so it looks a bit funny on one side. It is not perfect, and it is not yet preened. But about the legality... this duck was roadkill. I found it with 2 broken wings, a completely smashed skull, and a bald spot from road rash. It was not hit during hunting season, and my car didn’t hit it, I just found it and salvaged it. I was not aware that mallards were protected under the migratory bird act, and I only found out after I competed the mount. I do not plan to sell the mount or profit off of it in any way. Is there any way I could make it legal? I think an educator’s or scientific collector’s permit would make possession of this mallard legal. I can’t obtain either of these yet, as they both require that the permit holder be 18, and I’m 17. I have a valid reason to get an educator’s permit, because I plan to educate younger children on our native wildlife for my gold award, so the duck would make sense in that context. But does anyone have any advice on what to do? I can post pictures of the mount tomorrow, and I can detail the methods I used if anyone is interested.