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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-13-2010, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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question about tanning

I would like to have a deer skin with fur on tanned if I get one this year. I have a few questions about this tho. Once the deer is skined what's the best way to preserve the skin so I can ship it to a tannery? Or am I better off taking the skin directly to a taxidermist and have them tan it or ship it out? I don't want a stiff board like skin I want a soft pliable skin. Can anyone give me advice on how to handle this? Which tannery's are best to use and which ones to stay clear of? Thanks
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Re: question about tanning

as soon as you can get your hide cover it with non-iodized salt, then get it to a tannery, if you dont have one close by freeze it for a few days then ship it to them,

dont pay a taxi to be a middle man.


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Re: question about tanning

Find a tannery now....I've used a few different ones...all are about the same price wise and all that...I can't tell much difference in the work etc....all are soft and pliable....

Follow their instructions....most say saltr for 3 days or so changing the salt daily so it can drain and dry the hide...when its dry, its it just like not bag it or anything...shake the salt off and that's that...send it out and that's that....

Taxis are generally middle men in a tanning process...but they either do the work or pay the shipping...and they flesh it, turn the ears and nose and split the lips etc....if you can't flesh the hide, the tannery will charge for it....and if not fleshed you may ruin the. Hide when salting it....splitting lips and turning ears ect is optional...for a deer I don't even have the head done...
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