Unique Turkey Mounting Ideas and Skull Mounts

Turkey Skull Mounts and Mounting Options

When you think of mounting a turkey, you probably immediately think about tail fan mounts. That’s definitely the most common turkey mounting option. Another is full body turkey mounts for those exceptionally big or beautiful birds you luck out with. Both mounts are great ways to preserve a hunt, but there are plenty of other unique turkey mount ideas to add a little diversity to your home collection. So if you’re looking for a fresh idea this spring, consider trying turkey skull mounts or one of the other turkey mount options below. If your wall is filling up with the same old turkey fan mounts, one of these could be your new favorite idea!

How to Clean a Turkey Skull

If and when you kill a turkey this spring, you need to be a little careful how you prepare the skull to send it in for skull cleaning services. Since bird skulls are lightweight, hollow, and somewhat delicate, you do not want to break anything. That being said, cleaning bird skulls is not a hard task if you know what you’re doing.

Remove the head from the neck by making an incision between the skull and the last vertebra and then twisting the head to sever it. Make an incision under the skin from the beak all the way up over the head and peel the skin and feathers off each side of the skull. Keep the knife blade flat against the skull as you‘re peeling the skin around the eye sockets so you don’t nick them. Last, make a V-shaped cut along the underside of the jaw, which will almost free the tongue from the mouth so you can remove it. At that point, it is ready to send in for European skull cleaning.

Many people are confused about the best way to clean a skull. You might think you could just toss an animal skull into a pot of boiling water to clean it. While that would indeed remove the fat and flesh, that has several drawbacks. The boiling water leaches minerals from the turkey skull mounts, softens them, and it may also turn them yellow. Dermestid beetle skull cleaning is definitely the best method to clean bird bones, mostly because they’re so brittle and delicate. Skull cleaning beetles can easily and quickly clean a turkey skull without weakening the structure of the bone. Our skull cleaning business uses a process that starts with you sending the skull in for the beetle cleaning. After they‘ve been picked clean, the skulls are degreased to remove fats and oils present from the flesh. The time required for this degreasing process will vary from animal to animal. After drying for a few days, it’s whitened in a two-step process. If there are any off-colors or blemishes left after this method, we’ll whiten it again. At that point, you can also choose to have your turkey skull mounted on a wooden plaque, which brings you to several turkey skull mount ideas and options.

Turkey Skull Mounts and Other Ideas

As mentioned, there are many other interesting ways to display your turkey mounts. They can be displayed separately as standalone pieces or mounted to wooden plaques or displays. Similarly, you can obviously use any of the ideas below alone or in combination with other full body mounts or turkey fan mounts. If you feel wasteful about mounting only the tail fan and want to use and display more of your turkey, this is a great way to do that. If you already have several other existing turkey mounts in your house, you can also simply display these new additions alongside them. They’ll look great regardless of what route you take!

The most basic turkey mount idea here is to just display the turkey skull mounts by themselves. Turkey skulls are really interesting to look at with their numerous delicate bones and yellow beaks. The skulls can be displayed on a plaque or simply placed on a shelf. You can paint them various colors or dip them in camouflage patterns if that is a style you like. Plain skulls also look great when paired with other bones, feathers, or mounts too. For example, for turkeys with really long or wickedly curved spurs, you could showcase it in a turkey foot mount. This idea is really unique and is a conversation piece for sure. We clean these leg bones stand them up for display like the picture below.

If you’re mostly interested in turkey fan mount ideas, you’re really only limited by your imagination. Some hunters prefer to just display the tail fan itself, which is easy enough to do yourself at home, although it does take some elbow grease and time. Alternatively, you could display the tail fan and beard together on a plaque, which is what many people decide to do. But here’s where it can get a little more interesting. On top of the turkey tail mount plaques, you could also add the turkey skull mounts or portions of the leg bones with the spurs. You could even arrange the leg bones in a skull and crossbones style on top of the wooden plaque, which is a common waterfowl skull mount style that also looks good with turkeys. These options allow you to display more of a turkey than you normally might and are different from what the vast majority of hunters display.

If these turkey skull mounts and turkey mount pictures look interesting to you, keep them in mind for this spring. Turkey season is just around the corner now across most of the country. In just a few short weeks, you could be in the field with a gobbler down in front of you and you’ll definitely think of these mount ideas from Beetle Juice Skull Works in that moment!

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