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Offline ligpd

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Turkey Fan
« on: February 24, 2013, 07:38:44 AM »
I'm planning ahead here. Since me and my son will be going to Missouri in April for our turkey hunt and I'm planning on doing our own turkey fan mounts, that is if we get lucky enough to tag one, I have a question for you experts.

Doing the fan mount seems straight forward and I see no reason I would not be able to do this my self, but how soon do I need to get the fan "pinned" up to dry.

I know right away is best, but since we will be a eight drive from home and be hunting for three days what if my son gets his turkey the first morning and then I have to hunt the last two days of the three day hunt before I get one and/or don't?

Should I take stuff with me to do the fan mount at the camp or can I just cut the tail from the bird and let it set until we return home? Like leave it in a cooler with ice or?????????? What do you guys say I need to do?

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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2013, 07:43:13 AM »
ligpd,
If no one here can help you with this question, bet that IMB Monster Buck Outfitters who you are hunting with can.

Good Luck, take lots of pictures.  Waiting to hear those stories!!!


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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2013, 08:51:22 AM »
I've done fans after freezing them and they have come out fine.  Just close the fan as normal, loosely wrap, and seal.  I also lay the beard in the package before freezing too...on top of some of the wrapping of the fan, not in contact with the feathers.  I try not too freeze too long because I worry about the freeze affecting the beard but so far not on the the two that I did freeze.  Good Luck!
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2013, 09:55:15 PM »
My buddy is a taxidermist and told me to be sure include the base feathers. Basically you need to cut under from the anus out and around the tail feathers and form like a V cut meeting around the center of the back. A lot of people fail to protect the base feathers which add a lot of beauty to a fan mount.
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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2013, 05:34:26 PM »
I freeze mine I also freeze the beard and feet/spurs until I can mount the fan and clean the spurs for mounting.
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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2013, 08:49:51 AM »
Thanks for the info. Now we will let time see what happens.

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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2013, 09:23:44 AM »
I use to take mine and freeze them, not too long though, I would thaw them out and spread them out with a series of nails as holders on the tail feathers(not nailed through the feathers, just as wedges to keep the fan spread) on a work bench then lay a small piece of cardboard over the base feathers russ was talking about.  Apply borax to what meat is left on the base feather area and let dry for two weeks, the fan was then full spread and stiff as a board...  You can then buy the beard and fan display at wal mart or somewhere and just screw the fan into the mount.

I did one with two fans on a piece of driftwood a few years ago, but can't find the post... if I find it I'll post it up on this topic.
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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2013, 09:03:30 AM »
I have a piece of Styrofoam cut 2 ft by 2ft I keep around to do my pinning on. It is easy to pin and stiffer than a piece of cardboard. I pin like the others and use pins as a wedge on different sides of the feathers not poking the feathers. I froze mine I got in Kansas and done them a month later when I had time.

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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2013, 05:00:24 PM »
freeze it if possible but real cool in an ice chest should be OK
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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2013, 12:15:42 PM »
Where about's are you coming to hunt in Missouri?

As far as the fan goes I've had good look with keeping them in a zip lock back in a cooler full of ice and water.  They will make it 3 days fine.  I have never froze them so no clue on that one.
I've included a pic of one of mine that is made using a fan mounting kit from Cabela's.  They have many different versions but this one seems to be the best made one of the bunch.  Just my 2 cents.  Good Luck on your hunt!!!
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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2013, 01:34:17 PM »
Good to know.

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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2013, 02:37:27 PM »
Foodplot19, we will be hunting in Macon County. I hope at least my son gets a tom and if I get one that is just a bonus to me.

I would like to think everyone for the info you have provided and we hope we can put it to use.

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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2013, 09:08:58 PM »
What part of Macon County are you hunting? Near what town?
My family is from there and we still deer and turkey hunt there. Which weekend are you going to be up there?
Let me know I may be up there at the same time.
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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2013, 10:13:53 AM »
We will be in the town Bethel and staying at the Colonie Haus Lodge. We will arrive April 14 and hunt the 15,16, & 17. I do not know where we will hunt, but at least that's the lodge we will be at.

If you will be in the area let me know and maybe we can get in touch.

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Re: Turkey Fan
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2013, 07:08:06 PM »
I'll have to say you are going to be on the completely opposite side of the county from us. We are west of LaPlata.
It is all good turkey country!!
Good luck!!!
If I end up being up there that weekend I'll let ya know.
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