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Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on April 19, 2010
Just finished posting pics of yesterday's gobbler. you can see him by clicking my name and then clicking on photos.
Congratulations on the gobbler!
I'm going to guess 20 feathers
I'm guessing this is leading somewhere...?
I'm sure I could google this and get an answer right away but I'm just gonna guess 32 feathers. We don't have much for goblers around here so I've never been a turkey hunter.
Just thought it would be a good trivia question. Bee don't tell me you don't know. You are my turkey hunting hero. No way I would notch my call. AND I would sandpaper a tiger's butt before I would sandpaper that call!
BTW a few years ago I glassed a strutting gobbler that was missing about half the feathers in his fan. That was one raggedy looking turkey.
I googled the answer and now I know.. I was not correct.. haha..
The American Indian used the tail feathers (quills) as a calander of a young mans life. Which each new moon a quill would be plucked and given to a young man as a symbol of growth. Each symbol represented love, peace, harmony, charity...
At the passing of 18 of moons they would run out of feathers and the young brave was now a man. To this day 18 is still considered that age of adulthood.
So my guess is 18.
PS. That story is total BS.
I have no idea Del :(
Buckhunter cam closer than anyone! I looked it up guys.
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Q: How many feather's are on a turkey's tail
A turkey's tail fan will contain 18 large feathers, a row of pre-tail feathers, a few bronze flats on the front of the fan and herls on the back portion of the fan. Tail feathers are around 14-16 inches long. ChaCha on.
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Answered: Mar 06 2010, 09:15pm
Sometime B.S. can have a basis in fact Buckhunter!
My story sounded a little better than the truth. I simply pulled a turkey fan off the wall and counted the feathers. lol.
I put the disclaimer in for fear someone would believe it.
It is a rare bird indeed that has more (or less) than 18 feathers in his tail. BTW My friend Billy got a huge 24 lb gobbler this morning on the Missouri opener. He does not carry a camera so no pics.
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