Interested in mounting some of my Grouse Tails this year. Any special ways to go about it or ideas on how to display would be appreciated. Thanks.
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10-11-2006 01:05 PM #1Aspen Seed
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12-13-2007 03:00 PM #2
I try to avoid answering too many of the posts but since no one else chimed in, here are a couple ideas. Fan them and create a frame -- grouse tail fans arranged in concentric circles on a nice piece of plywood with a wormy chestnut frame. This was made for RGS by long time supporter Andy Ammann from tails he obtained from a southern grouse hunter who spread all the tails of birds he shot. Another option is to mount them using special plastic "clam-shell" holders designed to spread/hold each feather at uniform spacing.
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12-13-2007 04:29 PM #3
Plixie, I did not see this post or I would have replied sooner. I have mounted quite a few grouse tails in a shadow box frame. I have posted a picture in the Photo Gallery under the Grousin gear area. I will try to describe how to make one. It's easy! Cut the tail off just beyond where you feel the butt end of the tail feathers. Scrape and clean as much of the meat from the base of the tail. Now spread the tail out carefully and tack the end feathers on a large piece of thick cardboard. (like from a box). Salt the base of the tail and place a paper towel over the tail. Cover the tail with a large heavy book and let it dry for several months. Once it is dry the tail will stay spread in place. I usually now cut and hot glue a piece of leather over the base of the tail. (you can get leather from a local taxidermist). Then I take it to a picture frame shop and purchase a large enough shadow box frame (oak or whatever wood you like). I pick out a piece of frame backing with a color similiar to something in the tail. Now hot glue the back of the base of the tail which has been covered with the leather onto the backing. I usually finish it by hot glueing a small plate with the date and place the bird was taken. Finally I hot glue other tail feathers (woodcock too)or empty shells or something interesting either above or below the tail. Sorry this was so long. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Good luck and let us know what you end up doing! [Edited By birdog11 on 12/13/2007 3:30:23 PM]"If I were buying a dog to use on grouse and woodcock, I would buy one bred from New England shooting dogs. .......and spend the rest of my spare time making him believe I was the most wonderful person in the world". Burton L. Spiller