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New to trapping- couple questions.

Tried my hand at trapping this year in areas where I saw fox and raccoons during archery. Was able to trap 2 raccoons and 1 fox in 3 days. Not really looking to get a lot right now, but here is my question. I skinned them out and then froze the capes. Any suggestions on where to send them to be fleshed and tanned? Just looking to hang them at camp and "spruce" up the place.

Wishing I was at camp!
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You did well for a beginner. Any taxidermist would probably flesh your hides, and have them tanned. Many taxidermists send furbearer pelts out to commercial tanneries, many use Moyle Mink in Idaho. Take a coon or fox to a taxidermist, youíll probably be out $200 for a $25 tan.

What Iíd recommend is that you flesh and board them yourself. Youíll need a stretcher or two, a fleshing knife and some kind of beam to work off of. There a bunch of YouTube videos to watch on the subject, Coon Creek has some good stuff. You can ship to a tannery yourself and save a lot of money. In addition, youíll learn a lot and have the satisfaction of DIY.

You could also try to find a local trapper to assist you. A couple coon and fox wouldnít take over an hour to flesh and board.

Jerry Johnson near Harrisburg took in hides, fleshed and sent them out for tanning. I think heís still doing it.

Or, you could look up Hern....heís always helping folks with their hides.🙂
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Perfect advice.
I always sent mine to Moyles and had excellent results.
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You wonít beat Moyles for a quality tan. I never had any issues with their work.
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Where are you located?
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Do you live in the Tioga/Potter area? If you lived closer to Fayette county, I'd do them for ya.
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You guys who tan your own, how are you breaking the leather?
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You guys who tan your own, how are you breaking the leather?
Iíve tried several tans over the years, but Iíve come to the conclusion that if you want a soft white leather, your going to have to thin the leather, with a fleshing machine/ wheel. A hide might look ok as a wall hanger, but Iíve become spoiled with garment type tans from a commercial tannery.

When I did break a hide, I worked it over an axe head in a vise. Iíve also used a heavy grit sandpaper.
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The way I tan, using a commercial tanner, and commercial grade chemicals and oils, along with tumbling in corn cob grit, the hides are very soft, The faces can be a touch stiff, but still very pliable. We sell all of our tanned fur to people in the crafting business, or to people as wall hangers. Some people make hats/scarves out of our furs.
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