#06-259 September 25, 2006
Frozen, mounted waterfowl needed for DNR Education
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources needs mounted waterfowl, or carefully frozen waterfowl, in good mountable condition. Mounts will be loaned to S.C. schools to help students better compete in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program.
Please contact the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Education Staff at (803) 734-3885 or email South Carolina's Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator Steve Bates at BatesS@dnr.sc.gov for more information. Find out more about the S.C Junior Duck Stamp Program at http://www.jrduckstamp.com/.
Please fill out the form below and place it in a freezer bag with your duck or goose. Remove as much air as possible from the bag before you seal it. Gently place the duck in the freezer and give us a call at (803) 734-3885 to make arrangements to get the bird to a taxidermist.
Be ready to collect waterfowl for the Junior Duck Stamp Program and this is good advice if you want to have a duck mounted for yourself.
- Control your dog while you are hunting. Make sure that you and not your dog retrieves the bird. A dog can easily mouth and ruin the bird’s fragile feathers.
- Be careful how you carry your birds to be mounted. Do not carry them by the head or neck, which is rough on the neck feathers. Carry your bird by carefully cradling its body on your arm or carry it by its feet.
- Do your best to keep the bird clean and dry. Don’t throw the duck in the bottom of the boat or the back of the truck for the ride home. Bring along a separate cooler to carry the ducks you want to mount.
- Stuff cotton in the duck’s nasal openings and mouth to reduce the chance of blood getting on the feathers. Carefully place the duck’s head under its wing to prepare it for freezing. Wrap the duck in paper towels. Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard that will easily fit across the bottom of a two-gallon Ziploc freezer bag. Gently tie the wrapped duck, with cotton twine, to the cardboard. This helps to protect most species of duck‘s tail feathers from being bent. Protect a drake Pintail or Old Squaw tail feathers with a cardboard center from a roll of toilet paper. Flatten the cardboard roll then place it over the drake’s tail feathers. Tape it to the corrugated cardboard, and then place the duck in a two-gallon Ziploc freezer bag. For a goose or swan follow the same procedure, but enclose it in several large plastic bags attach a label to the outside.
- Frost-free freezers are designed to remove water, thus keeping frost from forming. This kind of freezer causes freezer burn to form quicker. Preferably freeze the bird in a freezer that is not a frost-free type of freezer.