Spur prep

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  1. Fishbonker

    Fishbonker Life Member

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    I know most of you are still chasing deer and I hope you connect, but I was putzing around in the garage today deburring jigging sinkers and for some reason I started to think about the sets of turkey legs I needed to cut the spurs off of.

    Years ago a poster on here (Ghost) had an incredible neckless of spurs from the turkeys he had killed. He prepped them somehow and they just looked fantastic. I am trying to figure out how he prepped the legs/spur section.

    I have three sets, one from '07, '16 and '17. I cut the spur section off the leg with a hack saw today. I did the '16 legs first, they smelled awful when I cut them, then I did the '17 legs and the marrow was still gelatinous and smelled worse. I finished with the '07 legs, yes 10 years old, and they were quite dry inside but dry bone still smells bad when cut.

    I was able to peel the scales off the front part of the legs but the back part still looks like a snake trying to shed its skin. Underneath the peeled section is a nice red color. Is there anything I can do to get the other scales off and stop the stench without waiting 10 years? My goal is to put the spurs on a leather string and hang it from the '07 turkey fan mount (that has been on the wall for 9 years) and add to the string in the future.

    A tip for the young guys out there, relationships are like walking through a mine field. Eventually you figure out how the other person in the relationship lays their mines and you learn how to avoid them. Sure you get blowed up a few times in the learning process but it is a learning process and if you fail to learn then it's your own fault. So to avoid stepping on a mine I need to string the spurs and any future spurs from that original fan mount without the stench and without "snake scales" on the spurs.

    Any help to keep me from getting blowed up is appreciated.

    Yes Muddy, the '07 bird is the one you called in for me. Do something correctly once and I guess a fella becomes a legend.
     
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  3. hotshott2289

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    i cut mine above and below the spur with a band saw, then use a knife and remove all the flesh, next i take a pair of pliers and pull out any ligaments and run a wire in the bone. let it dry in borax for a month or so then just touch them up with a wire brush. Works well for me, I put mine on a leather string and put a dab of hot glue in each end after i run it through the spur
     
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    I did much like hotshot and did it the day after shooting them. Smell was not an issue die to the borax drying things out and bacteria never getting started. If yours sat a long time the bacteria breaking stuff down may have let odor sink into the bones bad. I'd still try the borax for a few weeks and see what happens.
     
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    Haha! Great advice, I love it! I need to cut mine up as well, so you probably just saved me from stepping on one.
     
  6. Fishbonker

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    Go figure, I was looking for something else in the basement today and came across another fan, beard and legs probably from '15. I trimmed the spurs out of the legs and they too were gelatinous goo. I found my box of borax and packed the hollow part of the spurs/legs using a 3/16th punch then I covered them in borax. I'll give them a few weeks, probably after new years, then take them out of the borax and see how they smell and look.

    I really shouldn't be worried about the smell. My wife has zero sense of smell. It's the scales that will cause her concern and therefore me to step on a mine.
     
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    You can peel the scales right off the bone. Just take a knife and slice around the spur on both sides and the scale will pull right off.
     

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