That's pretty neat.
I take a 2" strip of the skin (with feathers attached) all the way down the back and leave the fan attached. Clean out as much of the meat from the tail as possible and spread it out skin side up (use roofing nails) on a piece of plywood. Sprinkle with a 50/50 mix of kosher salt and borax about 1/2 inch thick. Put it in an attic to let it bake in the dry heat for the summer and you will have a perfectly preserved "turkey pelt" and fan. If I remember I will snap a few pictures of one I did last year and is still on the board.
I'll have to snap some photos for you Redrider. I have spur necklaces and several different fan mounting styles I have tried. Most recently I have begun to fletch all my arrows with the wings from the turkeys i take. Nice being able to extend the use for that turkey past the frier!
No cant say as I have but I have donated a few for that purpose. I have never been able to get even slighty confident in my ability to play a wingbone call. Honesty i have listened to some of the best there is play them and to me they sound like a young hens fall call at best. Too many better choices out there for turkey calls to spend much time on that IMO.
For the novelty of it thats a different story, but then again from what i understand hen bones have a better suited tone and I never get a chance to gather those.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....