I will be going Turkey hunting this weekend and would like to presser the skin and feathers of the bird. The idea is to tie some flies this summer. Any ideas on how do it?
Why would you want to preserve the skin? Just pluck the feathers. Otherwise start cutting and peeling.
Oh yeah and be careful where you leave the remains (feathers/skin) the bug/mice love that stuff!
If Preservation of feathers is the only consideration, skin bird removing as much of the meat and fat as possible. Then spread Borax liberally on all of the skin, allow to dry. 20 Mule team stuff in the store is what I mean. It will not tan skin but will preserve it nicely. Alternative is to use a taxidermists dry preservative or dry tan from a taxidermist. They will sell you some.
If you wish to have a 'rug'and fan mount the turkey conveniently comes with a line down each side of his back to cut on. Just like a dotted line. Leave attached to the fan - flesh out the tail and pin onto a suitable surface - cover with borax for a few weeks or until dry. Hang by the neck end with the fan down - KEWL. Just pluck tnough breast feathers to tie your flys. Ed Curtis NWTF Forever! NRA Too!
Hi, I hang it by its neck, cut the skin around the base of the neck and peel. Also, I remove the wings and tail first. The wings come off nicely if you can get a knife between the skin and bone. Staple them to a board (flesh up) and cover with salt. I usually just peel the skin inside out down to the feet, removing entrails afterwards.
Good luck and have fun, season in Missouri is still 3 weeks away.