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Missing feathers
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Contributors to this thread:
Rut Nut 05-May-21
Huntcell 05-May-21
Dennis Razza 05-May-21
Rut Nut 05-May-21
DanaC 05-May-21
olebuck 05-May-21
Ermine 05-May-21
Rut Nut 05-May-21
Bake 05-May-21
longbeard 05-May-21
drslyr 05-May-21
Paul@thefort 05-May-21
White Falcon 05-May-21
Jims 06-May-21
Rut Nut 06-May-21
APauls 08-May-21
petedrummond 09-May-21
Blood 09-May-21
Pete-pec 09-May-21
Rut Nut 10-May-21
Pete-pec 10-May-21
pav 10-May-21
The last savage 10-May-21
From: Rut Nut
05-May-21

Rut Nut's embedded Photo
Rut Nut's embedded Photo
My buddy got this bird yesterday. Had a bunch of missing feathers. It started a debate amongst my friends. What do you think? From a) breeding b) fighting or c) other...............

From: Huntcell
05-May-21
Perhaps a home boy helping out feathering the nest.

From: Dennis Razza
05-May-21
C. Looks to me like he’s not missing any feathers

From: Rut Nut
05-May-21

Rut Nut's embedded Photo
Rut Nut's embedded Photo
Here is a better pic. He said it was definitely missing feathers..................not just an optical illusion due to the feathers being wet.

From: DanaC
05-May-21
Near miss with a broadhead?

From: olebuck
05-May-21
i'm a taxidermist. there is a gap in the feather tracks between the Mantel and the breast feathers. it just looks like its missing feathers because its wet...

From: Ermine
05-May-21
Looks wet to me

From: Rut Nut
05-May-21
Ok- thanks guys. 2 taxidermists now saying it’s wet feathers....................I’m inclined to believe that. ;-)

From: Bake
05-May-21
I'm also wondering if some weren't plucked in the death flopping?

I shot a tom this year and was using my new ebike for transport. Tried to hang him from his neck from the bow holder on the handle bars. That didn't work, but did skin all the feathers for 6 inches off his neck. Perfectly plucked.

Turns out there's no good way to carry a dead turkey on an ebike without a pack or some method of strapping one on. :)

From: longbeard
05-May-21
What Bake said^^^^ When they get wet they get ratty looking-like they are missing feathers. Also, during the death flop, which might turn into a wrestling match, some of those shallow neck and breast feathers get plucked out.

From: drslyr
05-May-21
Turkey mange!

From: Paul@thefort
05-May-21

Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
Interesting, same thing happened to me this season. After shooting this tom, he spun around like a tornado on the ground, and all of his feathers just flew off and then disappeared. Go figure! What the heck is going on in the turkey woods?????????????????

From: White Falcon
05-May-21
He did a lot of breeding and rubbed them off.

From: Jims
06-May-21
Looks like there are missing feathers to me. Fence, predator, fight, close miss with arrow....it's hard to know? It doesn't like there is a scar so it could have happened when it was flopping around. I try to minimize flopping because they tend to loose a lot of feathers.

From: Rut Nut
06-May-21
LMBO Paul! : )

He did say it flopped around on ground quite a bit before it died....................

From: APauls
08-May-21
Bake - I see an invention in the making. Could a guy plug in a chicken rotisserie to his ebike and hover that thing above the wheel and have ‘er plucked before getting to the truck?

From: petedrummond
09-May-21
Bird is wet

From: Blood
09-May-21
Here’s one I’ve never seen or heard of. My son got a Tom yesterday morning. Came in gobbling and strutting. Full fan. 1” Spurs. No Beard. Not even a little spot where it should grow. Zippo.

From: Pete-pec
09-May-21
If you were ever to see a turkey skin or any upland bird for that matter, after it was skinned, fleshed, washed, and rinsed, you wouldn't believe how many "gaps" there are between their feather tracts. Essentially, they have groups of feathers that are narrow strips of feather butts, that when dry, and alive on a skin, are splayed outwardly, and fill these voids. Dead and wet, you'll see them. There is a gap up the midline of the breast, in the crotch of the legs, between the mantle and the scapulars, and between the flank feathers and the back feathers. Turkey taxidermy has progressed lately to make it much easier to mount the bird on a manikin in pieces, due to these gaps. Many people including myself will remove the tail and head (of course), but also the legs and wings, and mount just the cape on the manikin with the legs already attached, then adding the tail freeze dried head, and wings that are already shaped and dried at the ready . You'd never notice it was assembled in pieces, because those same feather tracts dried are very full and fluffy, and will cover the bird and those gaps in its entirety.

From: Rut Nut
10-May-21
That's interesting Kyle! In PA we wouldn't be able to shoot that one.(Bearded birds only! ;-)

Thanks for that info Pete- interesting!

From: Pete-pec
10-May-21
You bet rut-nut, Andrew wouldn't be able to kill a bird with no beard here in Wisconsin, either.

From: pav
10-May-21
Male pattern baldness?

10-May-21
Petes correct imo, the jake i killed with my recurve looked very similar,, it rained hard the previous night,,,

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