Why Do You Save Rooster Tails?
Most pheasant hunters I know, myself included, keep the tail feathers from some or all of the roosters they shoot.
There are hunters who keep the long tail from every single ringneck as their running season tally. Other uplanders will pluck a tail feather or two from a particularly lengthy, “trophy” bird. The showy feathers can be saved to memorialize first birds, final hunts and pheasants bagged over specific dogs – just about any reason you can think of.
The last few years, I’ve saved a few feathers each season for a woman who uses the feathers in her arts and crafts. Starting this year and going forward, I’m going to save one feather from each bird I get over my new dog. There are a few anglers here at the Pheasants Forever national office, one fly fisherman and one musky hunter, who save their rooster tails from hunting season and use them in homemade, handcrafted lures.
Rather than sticking your prized tail feathers in the visor of your truck cab or in a jar on your shop desk, copy the picture above and display ‘em in this simple way fit for the hunting shack or the best room of the house. Just make sure you keep spent shells that actually bagged birds, or be forever cursed in the fields.
Why do you save rooster tail feathers?
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