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Old 02-17-2012, 03:09 PM
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I know that some of you have to be bird hunters. As I have been looking at some fly recipes I noticed that a lot of the feathers come from things I shoot. Pheasant, grouse, Mallard, Woodies, Canada Geese or as we call them giant flying rats, do any of you skin the bird and save the pelt for later? How do you prepare it or is it really too much trouble?

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I don't hunt, but if you're skinning birds and keeping feathers, i'd be willing to take some, of all species you listed. Or at least 1 skin from pheasant, grouse, mallard and woodies, maybe wing quills from the geese.
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Used to use alot of birds from hunts. Cut the wings and tails off. Skin the rest flesh it out and rub it with Borax to cure. Store in ziplocs . Pretty easy actually.
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Thanks Boz. I did not think it would be that easy.s fontinalis pm sent
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What theboz said, 2X. Go slow with ruffed grouse, they are very thin-skinned birds. Also, it pays to pin any bird/mammal out, feather/fur side down, to help the drying process, ensure even borax treatment and prevent curling.

I prefer having the entire skin, vs a bag full of plucked feathers. MUCH easier to find just the right feather for the job.
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I've been thinking I might try to gather a few starling skins for tying. They are a nuisance at my bird feeder and I do own a good quality PCP air rifle.
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+1 on Boz's process, it's not much trouble at all. One thing I do is breast the bird from the sides so I end up with a full chest saddle. Most hunters go up the middle since the object for them is to get to the breast meat, not save the feathers. If your careful you can skin the neck in one piece. There are some fantasic feathers there, especially on a male pheasant
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Thanks for the add on Swirl . I do the same thing basically cause the breast meat is what I use. Small short bladed knife seems to help with the process and helps avoid tears.
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Thanks for the add on Swirl . I do the same thing basically cause the breast meat is what I use. Small short bladed knife seems to help with the process and helps avoid tears.
Have you tried refrigerating them first? One day in the fridge, one cut down each side under the wings and I can actually peal the whole cape off a pheasant's breast in one piece.
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Refrigerator sounds like a good thing . Definitely try it . Spring is coming and my road is a haven for road kill pheasants. Thanks

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Funny thing I was at the Philly Outdoor Show Thursday looking at various capes . Can't believe how expensive they have become. Haven't bought any in years . Sticker shock!
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