How I Clean Turkey Spurs

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How I Clean Turkey Spurs

Postby Mountain Man » Wed May 05, 2010 7:46 pm

Here is how I clean turkey spurs.

Using a sharp hack saw I cut the legs on either side of the spurs.

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Next I use a razor blade to remove the skin and tendons. I also take a nail or pipe cleaner to push the marrow out of the leg bones.

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I then wash the spurs with soap and water and set them aside to dry overnight.

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After drying overnight, I used the hack saw again to trim the sides down a bit so the bone was only as wide as the spur. This is just my personal preference. You could leave more bone on if you wanted. Then I use a Dremel to grind off any dried cartilage or other bird material and also to smooth out any hack saw cut marks on the ends of the bone.

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The final step is optional but I like to whiten the bone a little. I wrap each spur in a thin strip of paper towel and then put masking tape over the paper towel. I fill a small cup with hydrogen peroxide and set the spurs in the cup. The paper towel acts as a wick to draw the peroxide up and the tape helps keep the spurs from tipping over in the cup. I have found that some bones whiten better than others with this method. One thing to watch out for is that sometimes the peroxide can get wicked up under the spur and will start to lighten the base of the spurs. If you see that I would take the paper towel off and call it good unless you want semi-bleached spurs.

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Re: How I Clean Turkey Spurs

Postby WiBowhuntress » Thu May 06, 2010 5:11 am

Good detail MM - I am going to give that a try.
Always wanted to make a necklace with the spurs from the birds I have shot. I know some people actually paint the spurs or the bone, but I think I would like the white effect that you are getting with the peroxide on the bone.
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Re: How I Clean Turkey Spurs

Postby dan » Thu May 06, 2010 6:32 am

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Re: How I Clean Turkey Spurs

Postby mossyoak » Fri May 07, 2010 12:08 am

Thanks MM I was wondering what to do with my spurs from this years bird Iam gonna give this a try.
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Re: How I Clean Turkey Spurs

Postby Liberty-Hunt » Fri May 07, 2010 12:44 am

Cool!!! and new for me, interesting!
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Re: How I Clean Turkey Spurs

Postby PLB » Fri May 07, 2010 3:58 am

That's cool! My dad does mine for me but he uses a varnish or something on the spur itsself cuz they are super shiny!
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Re: How I Clean Turkey Spurs

Postby Black Squirrel » Sat May 08, 2010 11:12 am

Thanks, MM. Great info!
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Re: How I Clean Turkey Spurs

Postby magicman54494 » Sat May 08, 2010 11:40 am

Public Land Beast wrote:That's cool! My dad does mine for me but he uses a varnish or something on the spur itsself cuz they are super shiny!


Beware of varnish. It will yellow with age. I'm sure your dad uses something else. Maybe polyurethane?
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Re: How I Clean Turkey Spurs

Postby Arrowbender » Sun May 23, 2010 5:04 pm

Here's a few of mine. I get rid of a little more bone on some. I use Borax on spurs, tails and beards with good success. Some of these tails and beards are close 20 yrs old.
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