Don’t toss that turkey spur, make this cool DIY project instead.
Spring is in the air, and with it comes hunters heading off into the woods after the raucous gobble of Tom turkeys. Those turkey hunters that find success often save the tail fan and beard to mount to a wall plaque.
Mounting a tail fan to a plaque is a great project you can do yourself, but another item worth saving is the leg spurs which can be used to make a turkey spur necklace to wear or display.
This excellent video from Allen’s Woodwork and Art illustrates how easy it is to complete this project on your own.
The turkey spur necklace is more than just a fashion accessory though. The spurs you collect over many seasons make a great necklace that is not only really cool, but acts as a visual history of your successes as a turkey hunter and can be used to keep track of the number and age class of turkeys you’ve harvested.
As a general rule of thumb, by the time a mature tom is two years old, his spurs will be about 3/4 of an inch. At the age of three or more, spurs will often be around 7/8 to one full inch long. Harvesting a gobbler with spurs over an inch and a half is a real accomplishment, those old gobblers didn’t get to that advanced age by making many mistakes in the wild.
I made the error of throwing the spurs of my first tom in the trash, and only kept the fan and beard. After watching this video, I won’t make that mistake again.
Good luck this season!