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Buck Knives Wild Turkey Mounting

So you’ve successfully harvested a turkey, congratulations! Now it’s time to get it cleaned, carved, and if you want a keepsake, get the beard and fan mounted. The last part is what we’re going to go over today. First thing you need to make sure you have is a couple quality knives and that the blades have a sharp edge, otherwise you’ll be working harder than you need to. I like to use two knives, one sturdy knife with a good grip for cutting off the beard and fan, and a lighter, caper knife for shaving down the excess tissue. I use the BuckLite PakLite Combo and can’t recommend that set anymore than I already do for that very reason. You have the larger BuckLite that gives you a good grip when having to cut through the thick skin of the bird, and the PakLite is much more lightweight and easier to get a more precise cut with.

Buck Knives: Beard and Fan Trimming for Mounting

So you’ve successfully harvested a turkey, congratulations! Now it’s time to get it cleaned, carved, and if you want a keepsake, get the beard and fan mounted. The last part is what we’re going to go over today. First thing you need to make sure you have is a couple quality knives and that the blades have a sharp edge, otherwise you’ll be working harder than you need to. I like to use two knives, one sturdy knife with a good grip for cutting off the beard and fan, and a lighter, caper knife for shaving down the excess tissue. I use the BuckLite PakLite Combo and can’t recommend that set anymore than I already do for that very reason. You have the larger BuckLite Max 684 that gives you a good grip, is resistance to corrosion and geared for durability when having to cut through the thick skin of the bird. The PakLite Caper is much more lightweight and balanced, allowing a hunter to work in any position while maintaining ultimate control. Its durable blade easily removes anything from the beard to feet. 

 

 

So first, we’ll remove the beard. Place the bird on it’s back, grab the beard with one hand and lightly pull on it while separating the feathers to see where the roots are. Feel the skin and you’ll be able to feel where the roots end, you’ll want to use the BuckLite and cut right below that. Make sure you don’t cut too high otherwise the beard will fall apart. After that’s off, you’ll want to take your PakLite Caper and shave off as much of the meat as possible from the underside of the roots without shaving the roots themselves. Use some borax, or salt to dry the area out and then guess what?...You’re done with the beard! Give yourself a pat on the back! Now let’s take care of the fan.

Another highly suggested Buck Knife series to carry in your bag is the Open Season Series - Avid 

 
 Buck Knives - OPEN SEASON SERIES 556 Folding Skinner   Made from quality materials, the Open Season Series is a combination of the best tools necessary for a successful hunting season. This series includes a Skinner, Small Game, and Folding Skinner which covers just about any animal and all game processing.   Offered in 420HC with a contoured red wood handle, the Open Season Series is a right fit for the serious hunter or beginners. Each knife comes with its own sheath and is covered by Buck’s famous Forever Warranty. 

Buck Knives - OPEN SEASON SERIES 556 Folding Skinner

 Made from quality materials, the Open Season Series is a combination of the best tools necessary for a successful hunting season. This series includes a Skinner, Small Game, and Folding Skinner which covers just about any animal and all game processing. 

Offered in 420HC with a contoured red wood handle, the Open Season Series is a right fit for the serious hunter or beginners. Each knife comes with its own sheath and is covered by Buck’s famous Forever Warranty. 

 
 Buck Knives - OPEN SEASON SERIES 538 Small Game  420HC Stainless steel blades •  Full tang construction on fixed blades •  Folder is one hand open w/ blade hole and locks open with lockback •  Contoured red wood handle with large choil for secure grip •  Advanced Edge2x™ Technology   Forever Warranty •  Made in the USA

Buck Knives - OPEN SEASON SERIES 538 Small Game

420HC Stainless steel blades •  Full tang construction on fixed blades •  Folder is one hand open w/ blade hole and locks open with lockback •  Contoured red wood handle with large choil for secure grip •  Advanced Edge2x™ Technology

 Forever Warranty •  Made in the USA

Alright, this next step is a little bit more difficult, but if you follow these instructions, you’ll have a gorgeous fan that is ready to mount by the end of them.

First, you’ll need to position the bird on its chest with the tail towards you. Grab the base of the fan, bunch the feathers together in one hand and you’ll need to feel around for the joint, or the “ball” of the fan, you’ll know it when you’ve found it. Then you’re going to want to take your BuckLite and cut in front of it straight down, this can be a little bit of work and if you don’t have a razor sharp blade, this will be a chore. Once the fan is off, you’re going to want to use the PakLite to shave the extra meat off the base of that fan. Now you’ll need to get a large piece of cardboard place the fan on top of it with the meaty side facing you, spread the fan out in the position that you’ll want it in for mounting and take pins and and pin the outermost feathers on the left and the right side of the fan at the base of the feather and around the middle of the feather. Once it’s in position the position and set in place, sprinkle borax on the meaty part of the base of the fan. This will cause it to dry out and keep the fan in the spread that you want. There ya go! You’re ready for mounting!

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