You bagged a trophy gobbler; now what? Your choices are varied and many: Do you send it off to a taxidermist for a full-body mount? Do you make a beautiful wall-mounted cape? Do you make a fan mount? Or do you clean it and eat it?
This often difficult decision has to be made with expedience, as soon after the shot as possible, to prevent your fine specimen from turning into a mess.
Here are a few tips gleaned from the experts at the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Creating a beautiful full-body mount of your trophy tom begins in the field, right after you shoot.
"The main thing that affects the quality of a mount is how the bird is handled before a person brings it to a taxidermist: treat the bird like a piece of glass."
That's the advice from world champion taxidermist Cally Morris on making sure your bird makes a great mount. Morris, who also has judged NWTF national taxidermy contests, owns Hazel Creek Taxidermy in Green Castle, Mo. They mount about 1,000 turkeys each year, shipped in by turkey hunters from all over North America