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  1. Reel Deal

    Reel Deal New Member

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    Just realized I have a Giant Drake Mallard in my freezer from 2 seasons ago. Cant Believe I forgot about it. Can I still have it mounted?
     
  2. cholt

    cholt Senior Refuge Member

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    Sure if he was wrapped up well I actually have had a bird mounted I shot 4 years before I mounted it and it was fine but it really needs to be wrapped up correctly to keep it from ruining in the freezer
     
  3. chuam

    chuam Elite Refuge Member

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    I had a couple of birds in the freezer for 4 years before I took them in. I do put them in a vacuum seal bag and pull some air out (not all) then seal the bag.
     
  4. Brad's Birds

    Brad's Birds Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Curious as to why you only pull out "some" of the air?

    As for the 2 year old bird, as other have suggested, if it was wrapped well, ie. in a good plastic freezer type bag (or two) with as much air removed as possible, and in a good freezer (not the over-the-fridge type) it should be fine.... remember, it will probably sit in a taxidermist's freezer another year so he/she will most likely need to prep the bird well prior to storing it in the freezer again. If it's wrapped in paper or a grocery bag, or a nylon stocking ....most likely not going to make it but a competent taxidermist would be able to tell you if/when you drop if off.
     
  5. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    You can ruin feathers in a heartbeat if you let the machine complete the vacuum cycle.
     
  6. chuam

    chuam Elite Refuge Member

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    This is the reason why I don't.
     
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  7. Brad's Birds

    Brad's Birds Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    What kind of feather damage have you experienced?
     
  8. cholt

    cholt Senior Refuge Member

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    I don't think I would waste the vacuum packets if your like me my wife seems to collect plastic bags from the store so I use them like crazy and some good tape my taxidermist told me it was like opening a prank present. But he also said he thinks that they would probably be good for years. He also showed me a bird that was his and ended up in the bottom of freezer for 5 years he soaked it in dawn and water in refrigerator for two weeks and you couldn't tell it was ever frost bitten. Finished job looked great also
     

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