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Upland Game Birds Mounted by Reimond Grignon

The Ruffed Grouse is considered the "King of the Upland Game Birds." These beautiful birds are very wary and almost impossible for the average hunter to hit, once they are airborne. It is considered a disgrace to shoot one that is standing on the ground! Yet that is the way most are taken.

In the spring and fall of the year, the male grouse "drums" on a log to attract a mate. The booming noise he makes can be heard from over a half a mile away. It is quite loud. He makes the noise by cupping his wings and forcing air downward and onto the log. The noise is NOT made by his wings hitting the log. Long before man ever created a sonic boom with a jet, this little bird has been doing just that for centuries!

Grouse usually have a "favorite" drumming log and will return to the same one over and over again. Many times at approximately the same time each day. Some enterprising photographers have used this to their advantage to get a picture of a drumming grouse, but these birds are so wary it is still almost impossible. Considered the king of upland game birds, the Ruffed Grouse is still one of the most difficult birds to bag and many, many hunters have never taken one.

Woodcock Mounts by Reimond Grignon

Wood Cock Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon

These birds are called Woodcock. They are one of the most sought after game birds in the northeast. Both sexes look almost exactly alike. They have long bills which are thrust into the ground in search of their favorite food, which is of all things worms. They of course migrate south in the winter when the ground freezes.

Wood cock Taxidermy by Reimond Grignonflying woodcock mount


Many people spend thousands of dollars a year training dogs to hunt these birds and the ruffed grouse.

The woodcock is popular because he sits tight when a pointing dog "points" the bird. In fact you can almost step on one before he flies. When he takes off, he makes a whistling noise, flies in a cork screw pattern almost straight up before leveling off to bee line it for another place. All this makes the bird very fun to hunt with a dog, but almost impossible to find without a dog.


Sea Ducks Mounted By Reimond Grignon

Sea Ducks Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon

This is the common Goldeneye or Whistler as they are sometimes called. These ducks are very abundant in Maine, especially along the coast. These birds breed throughout the forested areas of southern Canada and all of Maine. They, like the Wood Duck, prefer to nest in natural cavities and nest boxes.

They are a very hardy bird and prefer colder weather than most ducks, being one of the latest fall migrants and can be found in Maine right up till freeze up time. The drake's bill is black and his legs and feet are orange. The hen's bill is dusky gray with a yellowish orange tip. Her feet are yellowish orange also. These game birds are very popular among waterfowl hunters.



Sea Duck Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon


Common Eiders Taxidermy by Reimond GrignonMany birds and animals stay in Maine all winter long. Along our coast are found many Sea Ducks such as these beautiful Eiders. These large ducks are among the largest of sea ducks. Along with Old Squaws, Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, and Scoters, sea duck hunting is a very popular sport during the late fall months. I mount these birds for people from all over the world that come to Maine for the hunting season. Eiders are very abundant along the coast of Maine, numbering in the many thousands. The white and black bird is the male drake eider. The beautiful mottled brown one is the female. Most hen ducks are not as colorful as the male. These birds have been designed by God to have the perfect camouflage as they must sit on their nests a long time, then raise their chicks.


Black Ducks Taxidermy by Reimond GrignonThese beautiful Black Ducks are found on almost any river or marsh in Maine. Their breeding range is scattered over all of eastern Canada and the northeastern United State's. They migrate south in the winter when the lakes and ponds freeze. Sexes are almost identical, a trait shared by no other common duck. Females can be distinguished by the V-shaped markings on their chest feathers and the mottled olive green bill. The drakes have a more colorful yellow bill and orange feet. Both sexes have beautiful orange feet They are a very wary bird and are very difficult to hunt.

Common Eiders Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon

There are four races of the common Eider in North America. The easiest way to tell them apart is by the shape of the frontal lobes above the bill, and by the color of the bill. These common American Eiders are rounded and the bill is greenish. The frontal lobes of the drake are a bright yellow. The drake is also a vivid black and white contrast while the hen is a beautiful mottled brown. They are both beautiful birds.


Common Eider Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon

The common American Eider is very abundant along the coast of Maine. It is very difficult to hunt them in this habitat during the gunning season because of the cold weather, rough water, and the sudden storms that occur during the open gunning season on these birds. Many hunters hire a guide who is very familiar with the area before venturing forth to hunt these birds.



Eider Hunting Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon

I mount lots of eiders like the ones you see here every year. These birds are one of the most beautiful ducks that inhabit Maine. There are thousands of them along our coast. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of these birds rafting together on the open ocean.




Eiders Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon

This is close up view of the hen common Eider. The mottled brown feathers are very beautiful. They make excellent camouflage when the birds are nesting. Some of the Islands along the Maine coast have hundreds of these birds nesting on them. Sea Gulls prey on the chicks to a very large extent, killing and eating many of the chicks that are hatched every year. Maine has a big problem with an over abundance of sea gulls. The gulls practically wiped out many of Maine shore birds. The fish and wildlife department killed off thousands of gulls a few years ago. We now have a large and growing population of shore birds and ducks although there is still an over abundance of Sea Gulls. There are still way, way too many sea gulls in Maine.


Wood Ducks mounted by Reimond Grignon

Wood Duck Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon

The Wood Duck is considered the most beautiful of all waterfowl. Once on the verge of extinction, this bird has made a strong comeback due to sound conservation and a strong reproduction ability. Many hunting clubs and sportsman groups have built and installed Wood Duck nesting boxes in marshes and streams all over the northeast. The birds are now very common in Maine. Thanks should be given to the hunters who have donate so much time and money into buying the lumber and building the thousands of Wood Duck nesting boxes. Not only the building of the boxes but also these boxes are cleaned and fixed up every year by the same individuals. These birds like to nest on fresh bedding each spring.


Wood Ducks Taxidermy by Reimond GrignonWood Ducks are very strong, agile flyers with large square tails for maneuvering through marshes, and swamps with flooded timber and dead trees. They are most difficult to hunt in these conditions so most hunters use decoys which don't always work with these very sharp eyed wary birds.

The vivid colors which distinguish the wood duck are not just in the feathers. The bill and feet are also very beautiful. The birds shown here are all males. The hen is much more of a gray brown color, but the hen is also very pretty.


Greese and Harlequin mounts bu Reimond Grignon

Harlequin Ducks Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon

The drake Harlequin duck is one of the most beautiful ducks in the world. They love rugged coast lines and remote habitat. They are very abundant in the Northwest but in Maine they are only numbered in the few hundred. These birds are now protected from all hunting in Maine. Harlequins can burst from underwater directly into full flight. This feat cannot be accomplished by any other duck except the Bufflehead.

The geese below are more examples which are on display in the small museum located in Palmyra, Maine. Please visit on your trips through the area. You should always call first before coming.

Canada Geese Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon


Turkey Mounts By Reimond Grignon


Turkey Taxidermy by Reimond GrignonTurkeys and turkey hunting has become a very popular sport in Maine at the present time. These birds used to be non existent in Maine until a number of birds were stocked just a few years ago. The birds numbers have skyrocketed.

In the past several years the numbers of these birds have risen so fast that they are now becoming a nuisance in many areas. To help control the population, the fish and wildlife department started Turkey hunting seasons.


Turkey Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon

Turkey numbers have now grown in Maine to the point where in some places farmers are seeing flocks of 100 to 150 birds feeding on their grain.

Farmers can no longer stand this loss and have asked the fish and wildlife department to do something.

If the fall hunting season doesn't help to control the population, the fish and wildlife department will have to hire shooters to get rid of the birds, as they have done to the deer herds on many of Maine's islands.

Turkey Tail Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon


Turkey tails are mounted on boards and usually include the beard. Sometimes the feet are also included. There are various styles of boards used. The one shown here has a laser engraved insignia detailed into the board.






Turkey Tail Taxidermy by Reimond Grignon



Sometimes turkey breasts and the heads are mounted on a panel with the tails fanned out behind. These also make for striking mounts and are quite popular. At Grignon's Taxidermy many types of mounts like these are done and finished for hunters.