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" />