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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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How to preserve squirrel tail?

What's the best way to preserve a squirrel tail so it stays soft and lifelike?

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Re: How to preserve squirrel tail?

If you're talking about the skin staying "soft and lifelike" the only way to do that will be to remove the tail bone and tan it. If you just want to preserve it remove the tail bone and dust the skin inside the tail with 20 Mule Team Borax.
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Re: How to preserve squirrel tail?

After you slide the tail bone out put a straw down inside to make sure you get the borax all the way down. Don't pull the tail, but push it off the bone. Doing it the other way will pull hair off the tail or rip the fur.

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Re: How to preserve squirrel tail?

How do you remove the tail bone?

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Re: How to preserve squirrel tail?

Lacking a tail stripper (extremely cheap), you can use a small pair of pliers that have hole circles in the jaw. Split a straight line on the underside of the tail about 3/4" and strip it back that amount on the thick end of the bone, put the small hole in the jaws around the stripped portion, use another pair of pliers or vice grips to grab the thick part of the tail bone and PULL sharply. The tail hide will catch against the side of the plier jaws and the bone will cleanly slip completely out of it. I then insert a grooved umbrella stave in the tail and with a scalpel but an exacto will also work, carefully following the groove split it in a straight line down the underside. Can be done without the stave but with a tail that delicate you will have to go slow to ensure the tail doesn't twist as you split it, gets quite delicate when you get to the very tip.

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Re: How to preserve squirrel tail?

I have to try that
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Re: How to preserve squirrel tail?

I've always just made a slit at the base with my knife, pull the hide back about half an inch, grab onto the bone with a paper towel so it doesn't slip and give it a tug. We've had squirrel tails in our cabin for over 10 years now with no smell or rot.

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Re: How to preserve squirrel tail?

when you are skinning it just pull really slow and you can leave the tail bone on the body and the tail will come right off. if you cut the tail off with the bone in it is almost impossible to get the bone out. once the tail is skinned, take a long tye wrap and loop it like you're cinching a wire and leave a little loop to hang it with and then slip the remainder into the tail where the bone went. i've had them hanging in my camp for over 20 years like that.

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