Hello! Heres a quick tip, I prefer to not wash pheasant tails if possible, if their clean, undamaged I found it faster and easier to not wash them, I remove all pheasant tails. A topic I believe was a previous wingtip, Wheel the feather quills and mount,.... BUT often times even though the rest of the tail is pristine the two long center feathers are bent or twisted from being in the freezer
What I did in this case is to ''dip'' the twisted/bent portion of the tail in HOT water until it starts to straighten out then I hang the tail, attach a clothspin to the tip to ''pull'' it straight let it dry and then fan it out ,mount etc, I do wrap the feather portion of the tail with a paper towel to keep it clean while wheeling. I like the time this saves in completely washing the tail and they always seem to look better if they are not washed, NOW if under any circumstance the tail needs to be washed do so as washing/soaking the entire tail does a GREAT job to remove any unwanted ''kinks'' and cleans them if they are dirty, But for those tails which are pristine but just ''kinked'' this is a quick fix method. GOOD LUCK!!