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« on: January 18, 2010, 01:25:01 AM »

thought i would post this since it has been coming up of late, it isn't the only way of doing it, i'm sure, but it is how i do it.

the bottom of the tail



lift the under tail coverts exposing the butt of the tail feathers (i remove the row of down feathers found here):





cut as close to the edge of the skin as possible and still leave the feathers attached to each other then fillet the meat, fat and skin back to the end of the quills:



in the center of the tail is the pygostyle (tail) bone i remove this some people leave it and insert it into the form, if you want to leave it attached simply clean the meat from each side in 2 seperate pieces instead of cutting it out in 1 piece as i do here:







the top of the tail:



raise the feathers up to expose the nipple of the oil gland and the butt of the tail feathers:



make your cut between the gland and the row of feathers that lay flat on the tail feathers fillet everything back to the end of the quills





sever the small amount of skin left holding the tail on both sides an anything left across the ends of the quills:







remove the tail and there you have it a clean tail removed and out of harms way, wirewheel the quills and pose however you need it:






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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010, 01:52:16 AM »

WOW!! Great pics Mark!! Good tutorial  If they want  they can also check out "WINGTIP" # 13 on the actual "mounting of the detached tail. Good job on the photos!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010, 09:15:29 AM »

Good job on the how to.
I know it will help.
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010, 09:26:52 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010, 09:38:02 AM »

Great pics.  I like to remove my tails as the first part of the skinning process.  That way it's out of the way while you are wrestling with that big dead bird.  If they are clean when they come in, and I can keep them that way...I don't wash them.  One less step in an already long process!!
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2010, 02:22:09 PM »

Success.
Just finished detaching my first tail. (This is my second pheasant).
It probably would have been a little easier to try on a turkey, but did not have one.
I was working in tight quarters with all the feathers down there,
and was almost like working in the dark considering the bird
had not yet completely thawed. But it went well.
Thank you Mark and Wingman for your helpful posts on the subject.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2010, 02:22:41 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2010, 02:23:03 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2010, 02:23:21 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2010, 11:06:44 PM »

glad the post helped you out and great job
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2010, 10:40:29 AM »

When you remove the tail? Are you just cutting out the main and secondary tail feathers? Great post BTW. I am going to save for when I get my gobbler this spring.
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2010, 03:03:58 PM »

Mark and are on the same page on this one I then seperate ALL the feathers remove oil sack ,pocket whatever then hot glue back together no bondo no grease no bugs no problem a 10 minute job
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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2010, 03:25:09 PM »

Ok, so you will just glue those other feathers back on after you remove them?
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2010, 05:45:01 PM »

WingTips #13: Detached Tails by Wingman (Tutorials | Topic: List of Tutorials by Subject) will help you.
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2010, 10:57:27 PM »

Thank You Mark,great tip. Mark
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