Pat I gave myself 6 inches off the back of the drum to the back edge of the wheel. The fleshing wheel worked great although it will take a little getting used to, figuring out all those hard to get to areas of fat without tearing up the skin. I have skinned out several practice birds that I had held over to work with my pup that I lost over the winter. I fleshed out a ringneck last night and basically with through the entire process right up to mounting the bird just to get used to the process and check how the equipment was going to work. I will do this a couple more times before I actually mount the wigeon for the wall. I will try the weather stripping idea that might just work. I sealed the back up tight but wasn’t sure exactly what to do when it came to the front since the drum actually turns on the lip of the front but, the right size weather stripping might work and at least minimize the loss of material.
Thanks for the help any other suggestions are more than welcome guys.
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