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Offline Hawkdancer

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Removing wing feathers
« on: July 14, 2019, 07:44:04 pm »
What is the easiest way to remove the wing feathers without damage?  I have been reluctant to risk the quality by pulling.  Some have been in mothballs over 2 years and should ne well dessicated, the rest have been in the freezer along with a healthy dose of borax for at least 10 months.  Both turkey and goose!
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Re: Removing wing feathers
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2019, 01:54:29 am »
I lay the turkey wing on a block of wood fully open and cut them with a hatchet where the quills attach. A real good pair of shears works also but the hatchet is fast while in turkey camp.
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Re: Removing wing feathers
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2019, 02:15:40 am »
Unless you want to use the quill for something, what Eddie says.   :OK
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Offline ksnow

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Re: Removing wing feathers
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2019, 03:22:57 am »
For fletching, where the quill doesn't really matter, I've used a wood chisel but prefer a long handled pair of side cutters. On old, freeze-dried wings I've even run them through the band saw with a fine toothed blade.

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Offline gutpile

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Re: Removing wing feathers
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2019, 05:21:36 am »
I just pull one feather at a time and they come out cleanly ... leave whole till time to use and I strip mine ..gut
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Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Removing wing feathers
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2019, 03:11:55 am »
I clipped them with pruning shears for years but when I had dozens of wings to clip it was rough on my arthritic hands, I switched to a bandsaw, super quick and simple.

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Re: Removing wing feathers
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2019, 04:54:03 am »
What is the easiest way to remove the wing feathers without damage? 
Without damage to the quill?
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Re: Removing wing feathers
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2019, 05:17:09 am »
Grab the feathers one at a time and pull. 
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