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Canvasback
« on: December 29, 2016, 06:07:08 AM »
I shot my first drake canvasback on Monday and immediately wanted to put him on the wall. But now that I'm looking at mount ideas I'm second guessing myself whether I should wait for a little better one? He's pretty white, but still has some gray on his back. What say you?

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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2016, 06:43:09 AM »
I've only shot one bull can and had it mounted. What's he look like underneath? Look and see what the characteristics of a mature bird are and decide from there
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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2016, 06:59:33 AM »
He's a bit mottled underneath, again, not pure white. Obviously not a full plumed bird, just not sure what a can looks like on the wall with a hint of gray to him.

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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2016, 07:28:41 AM »
Freeze and take to your taxi. Have them tell you if it's worth it or not after they skin it out. Worst case you donated a parts bird to them. The one I shot was mostly gray. I can take a pic tomorrow and show you. My buddy just had one done that was really white. I can have him send me a pic and show that one too
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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2016, 10:06:41 AM »
That would be great to see a couple pics greenhead! Thanks

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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2016, 10:14:00 AM »
There seems to be big numbers of th em this year compared to most.  If you want the taxidermy job for art then wait for a better one.  If you want it to commemorate your first or something like that, the go for it. 
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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2016, 09:58:34 AM »
Here is mine from a couple of years ago

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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2016, 03:13:55 PM »
Here's mine from few years ago
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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2016, 03:15:30 PM »
Sorry photo is turned but this is my buddies.
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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2016, 03:41:20 PM »
Crappy picture of mine.

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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2016, 04:03:12 PM »
You only ever get one first of anything.  And betting you'll get another bull canvasback, in better plumage, might have you waiting a long time.

I'd say mount it up and be proud of a great trophy.
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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2016, 04:46:32 PM »
You only ever get one first of anything.  And betting you'll get another bull canvasback, in better plumage, might have you waiting a long time.

I'd say mount it up and be proud of a great trophy.

I totally agree. I'm getting my 1st Bull Can mounted(this year's bird)and it could be a little more feathered out in white but it's still beautiful and I've waited a long time for this one. Shot two more this past weekend but both are no better than the one I've got in the freezer.
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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2017, 05:59:51 AM »
Thanks y'all for the pictures and input! I think I'm gonna go ahead and keep it in the freezer and if I don't shoot a better one by the end of the year It'll have a spot on the wall!

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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2017, 07:31:51 AM »
Here's mine, shot in 1981.  This was my second one, but the first dove and disappeared.  Both were on a public hunting ground medium sized marsh/pond in WI.  I have never seen another while duck hunting.

The back color looks similar to yours.

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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2017, 05:15:14 AM »
Thanks for the picture for comparison Loki. We also lost a nice bull after he dove and never came back up!


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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2017, 08:09:58 AM »
It's been a good year for Cans -

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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2017, 08:38:52 PM »
You only ever get one first of anything.  And betting you'll get another bull canvasback, in better plumage, might have you waiting a long time.

I'd say mount it up and be proud of a great trophy.

I totally agree. I'm getting my 1st Bull Can mounted(this year's bird)and it could be a little more feathered out in white but it's still beautiful and I've waited a long time for this one. Shot two more this past weekend but both are no better than the one I've got in the freezer.

Well, I switched my frozen Can out with the one I just shot this past weekend. Bigger and feathered out better. Breasted out the one in the freezer. He'll eat good.
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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2017, 03:55:33 PM »
Let's see him sako!

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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2017, 07:44:39 PM »
Let's see him sako!

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I messed up after comparing both birds. I put the better one in the freezer all wrapped up and the other one in the sink to thaw for cleaning then took pics. Oops, the old one is still in a nylon stocking. Stocking is perfect for sliding a bird into to keep the feathers perfect. Just cut the toe off and slide it the rest of the way thru when you get to the taxidermist.
Second pic is the old Canvasback.
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Re: Canvasback
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2017, 12:25:06 PM »
It's been a good year for Cans -


Indeed it has.


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