Field Care 

  • Try to retrieve a potential trophy bird yourself. 

    • Keep dogs from retrieving dove or quail.

  • Carry the bird by the feet or cradle the body.

    • DO NOT wring the bird’s neck or carry it by the neck. 

RETURNING FROM THE FIELD 

  • Stuff a cotton ball in the bird’s bill and in shot holes. 

  • Blood can be removed from feathers during mounting.

  • Keep the bird cool; freeze as soon as possible.

Freezing

  • Tuck the bird’s head under a wing or over the back. 

  • Wrap wet paper towels on the feet and legs.

  • Place in a Ziploc bag and in freezer. 

    • DO NOT wrap the bird in newspaper OR pantyhose.

MOUNTING

  • The best birds for mounting are taken mid- to late winter (after molting).

  • Broken wings and feet are usually fixable

NOT EVERY BIRD IS MOUNTABLE 

  • Some birds may be too badly damaged from wounds or excessive feather loss.

  • Molting birds have immature feathers, pinfeathers, which will fall out with mounting.