|Make a Wild Turkey
Tail Fan Mount - in one afternoon
by Fred Lutger
The trophies on a gobbler are the tail,
the spurs and the beard. You can make an attractive mount for them yourself,
it's easy and you can do it in one afternoon.
You will need the following:
2 tubes of 5-minute 2-stage epoxy, one box of 20 Mule Team Borax,
a sharp knife, one roll of Duct tape (duct tape does not stick to turkey
feathers), and a flat surface to work on.
Grab the turkey's tail where
it joins the body. Feel for the round knob that is the meat portion that
holds the tail feathers. Grip the knob firmly and cut off the tail feathers
close to the body.
1. Lay the tail on
a flat surface and scrape away all the meat with a knife. Be careful not
to cut between the feathers.
Click on any picture
below for a larger, easier to see, picture.
2. You need one box
of 20 Mule Team Borax. It preserves the skin and keeps insects from getting
into the tail later on. Dump lots of Borax on the base of the tail and
rub it vigoursly on the tail base, both front and back.
3. Spread the feathers
out evenly (on your flat surface). Use duct tape to hold the fan feathers
4. Mix together the
two parts of a tube of 5-minute 2-stage epoxy and coat the base of the
tail where the meat was removed. Wait 30 minutes.
5. After waiting at
least 30 minutes, turn the fan over and epoxy the base on the other side.
(Leave the duct tape in place.)
6. Wait another 30
minutes and remove the duct tape and you're done with the gobbler's Fan.
Remove the beard by holding
it where it is attached to the body and cut it off with your knife. Rub
the base of the gobbler's beard in the Borax.
Cut the turkeys legs off
at the first joint. They do not have to be preserved.
You are ready to make your
tail mount display.
Tail mounting kits are available
in sporting goods stores or on the internet and they are simple to use.
We sell several at www.FreddieBearSports.com.
The tail mount will have a shelf or clip to hold the tail fan. There are
usually places to attach the beard. Tie the legs together with a leather
cord (or some other decorative cord) and hang the legs on the mount.