A local hunter brought a gorgeous white pheasant over a couple of months ago which he’d harvested on a hunt in Pennsylvania. Until I held it in my hands I’d never even seen a white pheasant but I didn’t let him in on that. Not just yet, anyway.
It’s a reminder to me how majestic this species of bird is though, and to think I’d never even seen one of these creatures until embarking on my journey into the world of taxidermy! Pheasants might just be the world’s most underrated birds. A fun little anecdote:
In a land rich in symbolism and imagery, the Chinese pheasant represented light, virtue, prosperity and good fortune. Good fortune indeed came upon one hunter in Burma who noticed a precious stone in the gizzard of his recent kill. The discovery inspired him to search for the origin of this stone, and after visiting the rooster’s old stomping ground, sure enough, he found an emerald mine!
My cursory online research tells me that white pheasants are quite uncommon in America and now I don’t feel so green for not having seen one before. To mount it was an honor; and the meat it provided my little felines nourished them quite well.
I set up a hanging environment of white birch and some Spanish moss, neither of which I’m guessing coexist with this breed of bird but I don’t care because it compliments the pheasant, who is the star of the show.
Along with the possibly inaccurate setting, I made another executive decision to mount it with an open mouth, as though it were calling.
There’s a little rearview shot for you, to show the feet.
My client came by yesterday to pick up this piece, and I’m fairly certain he was pleased. In my experience, hunters don’t tend to emote the way my other clients do (squealing, crying, flowery heartfelt emails the next day, etc) so I just have to take their word for it when they say they like their mount. I know I would be happy with this beauty hanging in my home.