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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-10-2020, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Got my owl!!

I think I mentioned in Ards post about the awesome owl pictures he took that I had a great horned owl being taxidermy. Well it’s been about two years from the day I found it on the side of the highway while heading out fishing. The permit process and the getting the owl to my friend who did the work took awhile! The young man that mounted the owl for me is 17. The biggest thing he had ever taxidermy before this owl was a crow. This kid is great! Loved flyfishing and is very good at tying flies. I think he did a pretty great job for someone who has had no one to mentor him in this skill. He asked for nothing in payment So I forced him to take one of my spey rods that wasn’t seeing much use. He doesn’t own a spey rod until now! The owl now sits on my tying desk and guards some of my reels.lol. I’ve settled on the name sedge. Seems fitting to me!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-11-2020, 01:50 AM
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Very cool mount. What were the permits for? To keep the owl?
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Nice Nick, take more and better pictures please. I don't have any of the Short Ear that I left with relatives in PA. long ago. I had that one done in a wall mount with wings spread like it was putting on the breaks with talons out for the grab. If I can get my nephew to send me a good photo I'll post it on this thread.

In the mean time show me more of this one please.

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That is excellent, I really dig owls !! My wife is absolutely enamored with them.
That is a fine display of the reels with the mount ... you must be very proud of that
Excellent work your friend did and good on you for insisting he take something for his efforts


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Very cool mount. What were the permits for? To keep the owl?
Anytime you're dealing with raptors, herons, actually any bird that's not a gamebird, you're looking at having to acquire permits to 'take'.

When I was a teenager, my friend and I would save all the waterfowl with good winter plumage, and once a week we'd gather out at the fish hatchery where two employees would show us how to clean, prepare, and mount the birds. What a great experience!

My brother and I rescued a Great Horned Owl from the high school we attended. It had a dislocated wing. Everyone in the class would poke pencils through the cage to make it squawk and bite. So, one afternoon, we nabbed him. We kept him at our house for 6-7 years.

We'd shoot ground squirrels and freeze them to feed to Bosco later. One winter, we saw his tracks leading out into the snow until they got covered with fresh, and we never saw him again. He lived like a king with us!

Come to think of it, we never had a permit for him! Shhhhhhh

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Very cool mount. What were the permits for? To keep the owl?
Anytime you're dealing with raptors, herons, actually any bird that's not a gamebird, you're looking at having to acquire permits to 'take'.

When I was a teenager, my friend and I would save all the waterfowl with good winter plumage, and once a week we'd gather out at the fish hatchery where two employees would show us how to clean, prepare, and mount the birds. What a great experience!

My brother and I rescued a Great Horned Owl from the high school we attended. It had a dislocated wing. Everyone in the class would poke pencils through the cage to make it squawk and bite. So, one afternoon, we nabbed him. We kept him at our house for 6-7 years.

We'd shoot ground squirrels and freeze them to feed to Bosco later. One winter, we saw his tracks leading out into the snow until they got covered with fresh, and we never saw him again. He lived like a king with us!

Come to think of it, we never had a permit for him! Shhhhhhh <img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/SpeyPages_2015/smilies/tango_face_wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
Oh man what great story!!!
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Here’s a few more pictures for you Ard!
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that owl is a hoot
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I had to overcome a strong early aversion for owls. As a young kid my older 'buddies' liked to lock me in a closet with a huge stuffed owl. There was just enough light to make its eyes glow and scare the living ... out of me. Had nightmares for years.

Then when Uncle Sam stationed me in the Aleutians for my sins there was not a lot to do. So, besides reading a lot and soaking up more beer than was good for me, I became a part time owl watcher.

Pairs of Great Snowy Owls hunted the tundra. They were deadly predatory teams. Several times I had them fly directly over my my blind and their wings never made a sound.

When out walking in the dark my childhood anxieties would revive. I could feel them watching me.

There is still something about their eyes that still gives me the willies.

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Well owls are the omen of death....if you believe in that stuff
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don't get tempted to tie a bunch of soft hackles ! pretty cool desk ornament . i might be a bit unnerved having that 'ol boy staring at me while i tied . watch the whiskey too or he might start talking to you .
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Love it!!! I remember sitting on a deer stand when a Great Horned Owl landed in a tree about 50 yards from me. I cranked the scope up to 9 power and took a close look at the bird. Those eyes!!! It felt like he/she was looking back at me through the scope...and I remember it like it was yesterday. And for the record I never even considered shooting that incredible, beautiful bird.

Interesting side note - When I began hunting here in Pennsylvania some 55 years ago there was actually a bounty on Great Horned Owls and foxes. If memory serves me well...$4.00 for the bird and $5.00 for a fox. Sure glad those days are long gone!
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very cool to have. what a great trade you made. Good on you, he did a great job.
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That is a great story....what did your parents say?
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