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Author Topic: Need advice on turkey fan mounts  (Read 3435 times)

Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2016, 08:02:38 PM »
Thanks, Roger, that was my first longbeard, a 21 pounder.  Since then, I shot another one that had a little bit longer spurs but weighed 18 lbs.  Called both with the same box call.
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Offline gander

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2016, 05:36:35 AM »
just going along with what has been said...I always used borax inside bird mounts and louies picture shows it well.salt is more of a temporary thing but borax will dry it right out.The more meat and fat you can scrape off the better and it will dry quicker.Spread it,pin it and check on it as it dries once in a while.A month is minimum as to soon and it may end up distorted as it finishes drying without pins.Pretty simple...show us a pic after mount is done

Offline Madgomer

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2016, 06:22:30 PM »
Will do, thanks Gander.  It's interesting, the stuff I found online ranges from a week to a month in their recommendations on how long to keep it pinned before you hang it on the wall.  Would be willing to bet a lot of anxious people try to shortcut the process & end up disappointed in the outcome as more shrinkage happens later.  I'm also going to take a stab at using the same process that I used with the TH logo on the turkey calls to see if I can get a black & white picture of me & the bird transferred to the plaque - will try that on some scrap first of course.
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Offline Flintlock1776

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2016, 08:59:28 PM »
I am the odd one here. I use salt. Pin it to a board with the fan open.
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2016, 04:49:31 AM »
I went the borax route. Have two fans finished, now need to find some shop time to get the mounting boards made up.
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Offline ligpd

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2016, 06:12:44 AM »
I'm sure you will post a photo or two of them when they are done and I bet they will look great. I also bet some of us will be asking for some of the "TH" mounting boards also.  @--0--0137

Offline Madgomer

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2016, 09:23:39 PM »
Finally got around to finishing up one of the gobbler fans from this spring.  Was initially hoping to transfer a photo of me & the bird onto the plaque, but as I tested it you just couldn't make it out unless you really knew what you were looking for.  I found an image on line of a flying bird & used that instead, as a reminder of those birds flying across the river to us that morning.  Didn't turn out too bad - after I took the picture I decided to add some cord around the beards just below the brass so the white would be covered up and it also helped separate the two beards so the smaller one was visible.  Have another tail dried out & ready, but wanted to see how this one turned out before I started on the next plaque.

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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2016, 06:57:30 AM »
Looks very nice, Roger, good job! 
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2016, 11:21:04 AM »
Thanks Louie, appreciate all of your advice along the way!
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2016, 09:29:25 PM »
You're welcome, Roger.  I noticed you set up the spurs the same way I did mine.
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2016, 10:44:07 PM »
Yeah, I had never seen it done that way before, and really liked that look (I shamelessly stole your idea!)  The spurs on this bird weren't too impressive, but I still like the look of it overall.  I didn't keep the feet from the second bird I'm doing, so that will just be a fan and beard.  I also think I messed up and have the wrong beard on this one.  This bird had two beards on it, but the other was a single with a longer beard - I had them all drying in a cup of borax together, and I think I have the long beard from the other bird on this plaque.  I suppose it doesn't matter at the end of the day - I hate to risk messing something up by trying to un-melt the hot glue to release the beard. That other one had been in the freezer for a long time, I'm surprised it was still usable.
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Offline ligpd

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2016, 12:53:00 PM »
Looks great. Outstanding

 

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