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May 5, 2014

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Making a turkey cape

Although there are several ways to display your trophy tom, one of the easiest and least-expensive ways is by caping your turkey.

Caping is inexpensive, easy to do, and extremely satisfying. Simply skinning your turkey from head to tail, cleaning and boraxing the skin and pinning it to a flat piece of cardboard is all that's involved.

Follow the simple instructions below for a good looking and simple way to capture the memory of a special hunt:

  • To begin, hang your tom by the head.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the skin where the feathers on the neck meet the skin of the head.
  • Continuing down the center of the back and toward the tail, remove the skin in an approximate two-inch wide strip. You will notice that the feathers attach to the skin in rows and the narrow strip of skin actually holds a much-wider, angular blanket of feathers.
  • Remove the skin to and including the tail skin.
  • With knife and spoon, remove the fat and flesh.
  • Cover wet skin in Borax.
  • Lay Borax covered skin on large piece of flat corrugated cardboard.
  • With straight pins, pin the head end to cardboard.
  • Fan tail, spread to the desired width and pin each feather in place.
  • With a pocketknife, lay each feather in place.
  • Let dry three to four weeks.
  • Boom, there ya go, simple and easy cape mount.



Tori’s Tumultuous Tom

Fifteen-year-old Victoria (Tori) Mathia who attends, Badger High School in Kinsman, harvested her first turkey this year during the Ohio Youth Weekend.

Birthday gun

Tori and her father, Vince Mathia, headed out to go turkey hunting on the first day of youth season. It was a beautiful morning, a little chilly but clear skies and no rain. The woods were already alive and the birds wear singing. Tori was carrying her brand new Remington 1187, 12 gauge, which was her 15th birthday present which she had only shot to break it in and pattern the new super full turkey choke.

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