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Question on grouse fan diameter

Wondering what the typical diameter of a fan should be. I think the grouse I got was a whopper. I want to hear from you guys first before I tell you what the diameter of its fan is.

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Re: Question on grouse fan diameter

This season for me, the smallest central feather on a fan measured 5 1/4" and the largest was 6 7/8". The latter I would consider a big mature male.
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Re: Question on grouse fan diameter

bowmike,
In reality there is no typical, they come in all different sizes, some small tails on big birds and some little tails on large birds and vise versa.
BlackStump has given you a pretty fair size range, however some get even biggger and smaller also.
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Re: Question on grouse fan diameter

If spread in a half circle, I consider anything over fourteen inches in diameter as a nice fan. Fifteen inches is realy big and sixteen inches is a record book monster. My biggest to date is 14.3".

The average size of the fans in this picture is 12.6 inches.
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Re: Question on grouse fan diameter

That is a sweet picture mine was a little over 15. The center feather was 7 7/8 when measured from tip to tip. I hope I can fixe it since Lilly chomped him, when he sprang back to life.

Sounds llike I got really lucky on my first bird

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Sounds like you shot a pretty big bird. There are some ways to tell the age and sex of the bird if your interested. Theres no doubt yours was a male tho. If you save the fans here is a tip. I spread the fan out while it is still fresh and pin it with stick pins between the quills to some cardboard. Then cover the fleshy part with Borax or even table salt to dry it out. Stick it on a shelf until hunting season is over. I then make some plaques with my router over the winter while Im thinkin about next season already.
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Mike,
Sounds like you shot a pretty big bird. There are some ways to tell the age and sex of the bird if your interested. Theres no doubt yours was a male tho. If you save the fans here is a tip. I spread the fan out while it is still fresh and pin it with stick pins between the quills to some cardboard. Then cover the fleshy part with Borax or even table salt to dry it out. Stick it on a shelf until hunting season is over. I then make some plaques with my router over the winter while Im thinkin about next season already.
How big was the tail you got at my place? That was a male wasn't it, and I recall it was fairly big.
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Re: Question on grouse fan diameter

I know over the years we took some pretty darn big grouse from the creek bottoms around home and they always ran bigger in the swamps than the ridge and mountain birds. Not sure why other than perhaps better food and cover down low. One year when I was young I shot an exceptionally large one, and lacking a vest with a game pouch, I slung it over my shoulder. After crossing the road by the house, a passing WCO actually stopped and checked me out and gave me a good natured rubbing about the size of the bird and if my grouse got any bigger I would have to use my fall turkey tag on them. Never forgot that, but it's been a long time since I have seen any of those big swamp birds.
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Mike,
Sounds like you shot a pretty big bird. There are some ways to tell the age and sex of the bird if your interested. Theres no doubt yours was a male tho. If you save the fans here is a tip. I spread the fan out while it is still fresh and pin it with stick pins between the quills to some cardboard. Then cover the fleshy part with Borax or even table salt to dry it out. Stick it on a shelf until hunting season is over. I then make some plaques with my router over the winter while Im thinkin about next season already.
How big was the tail you got at my place? That was a male wasn't it, and I recall it was fairly big.
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That was in fact the heavyweight of the year. Probably one of the biggest birds Ive shot ever really. Yes he was definately a male with a heavy black ruff and solid tail band. Good times were had. Thanks again
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If spread in a half circle, I consider anything over fourteen inches in diameter as a nice fan. Fifteen inches is realy big and sixteen inches is a record book monster. My biggest to date is 14.3".

The average size of the fans in this picture is 12.6 inches.
Dang, now I gotta go start measuring the fans on my shed doors!

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