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I bagged a nice large ringneck on 11\21, he had a 17" tail. My wife and I and my 2 dogs participate in an annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival. My wife and dogs are "hunters". I am the real life hunter, but play a King's Court Jester and walk on stilts and juggle in the festival.
Anyway, I have been waiting for a good sized bird to make a pheasant skin hat complete with tail, and possibly the head too.
I took extra time and removed this skin in one complete piece with tail attached and head in tact. I cut the head as close to the top as I could, but should I do something different so it doesn't wrought and stink.
Do I use Borax on the inside of skin like I do with turkey tails and beard?
I plan to use some kind of stocking cap underneath to attach the skin to.
 

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Borax will help with the skin but if the entire head is still on it I think rotten stinky is what you'll get. I'd talk to a taxidermist for suggestions. Actually rotten and stinky would add some authenticity to the medieval period,
 

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Freeze the carcass immediately until you figure out what you will do. Talk to a taxidermist asap
 

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The skull needs cleaned of all brain matter, eyes and tongue, skin will need fleshed and washed and a soaking in Coleman fuel ! That's how I as a Professional Taxidermist would handle it !
 

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JoeSimmons said:
The skull needs cleaned of all brain matter, eyes and tongue, skin will need fleshed and washed and a soaking in Coleman fuel ! That's how I as a Professional Taxidermist would handle it !
I was just in Slippery Rock yesterday videotaping the Hickory D10 Playoff game!
Hey Joe, Maybe it is too much to type here for you to answer back, I found your business listing in the book, maybe I can just call you on Monday so you don't have to type it all out. Just reply 'call me' and I can do that....

When I skinned, I removed as much flesh as possible. Is that what you mean by "flesh the skin"?
The removal of all brain matter is self explanatory, I was thinking a drill bit to get started, and scrape the rest. But for the eyes, do you open lids and remove? Or remove the eyes from the inside?
Does the beak stay attached???
And (yikes) Coleman Fuel!!!!! really???? I have some, what does the fuel do? Do I emerge the entire piece and how long does it soak for? Sounds like the hat may be flammable after it is done! LOL
 
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