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Rob DiStefano
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on the east coast, june 'tis the bird moulting season, so gather up them goose feathers ...
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strip 'em ...
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grind 'em ...
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chop or burn 'em ...
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fletch 'em up ...
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canada goose feathers make for great fletchings, and they're extremely water resistant.

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SERGIO VENNERI
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Really nice Rob, i'll have to start collecting !
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Mo. Huntin
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Man we got a ton of geese at the lakes in town here. I am going to get to work. Just got to watch out for all the poop. How can you tell if it is left or right wing again, something about the shiney side or what was it?
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Benny Nganabbarru
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Nice work, Rob!

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Arwin
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I'll have to venture out and get some. Now that I think about all the wasted feathers laying around public beach areas, I should go grab them!

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Rob DiStefano
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looking at the top of the feather,
left wing on the left, right wing on the right ...

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good reminder bud....I know just the place for Cade and I to go collect some [Smile]

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John3
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Superb looking fletches.. Great job, thanks for sharing.


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Mo. Huntin
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one more dumb question. Do you just use the top part of the feathers in the picture?
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caleb7mm
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very nice! I have 6 pairs of wings in the freezer I forgot about until I saw this thread [Smile]

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Anyone tried seagull feathers? We got tons of those worthless white buzzards here, figured I may dislike them less if their feathers are big enough to use for fletching!

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quote:
Originally posted by Mo. Huntin:
one more dumb question. Do you just use the top part of the feathers in the picture?

You use the bottom part.. the wider feather.
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Mo. Huntin
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I should have looked at the other pictures again before I posted. Thank you I'm on it now.
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Jason R. Wesbrock
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Several years ago I made up a nice set of tapered, footed POC arrows with goose and turkey feathers. One shot in the back yard told me all I needed to know about hunting with dark fletching -- I can't see it in flight.

I gave away those arrows along with a few hundred goose feathers.

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Rob DiStefano
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yep, dark gray feathers are pretty good natural camo - so natural, even the archer/hunter mostly can't see 'em in flight, or find 'em when then go astray.

i've not tried to dye goose feathers, dunno if it can be done and if it'd remove all the natural oils that make it so good in the first place. don't intend to bother, either. i like the idea of all natural fletching, particularly on woodies.

what can help heaps is a large, bright crown wrap and florescent nocks.

i'll still use be using canada goose feathers, none-the-less! [Big Grin]

UPDATE - ah! the answer for me is fur tracers!
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goose feathers are very water resistant. here's the results of a 5 minute running water feather test guess which feather is the turkey? [Big Grin]

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