No worries exbio. That's one bad thing about typing a message you don't get the real affect on the point someone is trying to get acrossed. You opinon is well valued as an ex-biologist, (that would be a job i would love to have). Again i apprciate the input you have.
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Wed, 2011-10-05 21:29#12
Years ago a buddy of mine had
Years ago a buddy of mine had the entire hide from the shoulders back tanned and made into a very nice, very soft leather throw / blanket. The kicker ... his wife's an interior decorator and wasn't going to let him put his 6x6 mount above the fireplace in their very contemporary living room. But she reallly, really liked that elk leather throw on a cool night in front of the fire. They negotiated. The mount is above the fireplace. The elk leather throw is on the contemporary white couch. She calls the room "eclectic."
If you're possibly facing a similar domestic resistance to your taxidermy, my recommendation is to come home with an elk leather throw a week or two before you bring home the mount. Let her fall in love with the throw. Then bring home your mount and start your negotations from a position of strength.
Key to this of course is getting the hide off the animal in one piece and without a bunch of holes. I always manage to screw it up. Keys are to do it while the carcass is still warm, extra sharp knife, and go S L O W or so everyone keeps telling me!
Wed, 2011-10-05 21:39#13
My whole life i've left the
My whole life i've left the hides. Now i'm getting into the mountain man fur trade era, and going to rendezvous and shoots. I'm kicking myself for not taking out my elk hide this year. I need to make some clothes, and the prices of brain tanned hides is rididulous. I'll learn to do it myself.
Wed, 2011-10-05 23:19#14
I have on,y giotten one elk
I have on,y giotten one elk where I was able to get it out whole...and that was alot of work and I do not recomend it. I usually quater mine out with bone in and some hide left on it...just to help keep it as clean as possible. So I leave the majority of the hide behind. I would really like to bring it out but that is alot of extra weight to carry. With the pieces I do bring out I give them away to guys who use the hairs for fly tying and such. So it gets used just not all of it. I have a full hide in the freezer that I am gonna have tanned.
Thu, 2011-10-06 09:51#15
Ah yes. I'm a fly
Ah yes. I'm a fly fisherman/tyer. I do bring out some patches of elk hide to tie all my Elk Hair Caddis. Great fly on the Arkansas River.
Thu, 2011-10-06 16:47#16
I've neve bothered to drag
I've neve bothered to drag one out myself either. I did consider it a few years back but up here I called a taxidermist first and they quoted me anywhere from 350 to 500 dollars depending on the size. Even though I got a cow within sight of the road I just didn't figure it was worth that much to me and left it. Would be nice to have one though.
Fri, 2011-10-07 17:52#17
Rocky Mountain Tanners in Denver
Never used them but may give them a try next time ... assuming I can get the hide off without a bunch of holes.
Prices seem reasonable and do not include a taxidermist's markup. Web site also has instructions for salting, shipping, etc.
Fri, 2011-10-07 18:57#18
Thanks for the link. With
Thanks for the link. With those prices I will consider getting one done if it's close enought to the road to get it out easy. The last time I called up here in my area I was quoted nearly 500 so I never gave it another thought.
Fri, 2011-10-07 20:37#19
That is a pretty good price.
That is a pretty good price. I picked up a brochure from Matt in Clifton and he is asking $400 for hair on and $250 with hair off.
One thing about living here in Colorado is if you don't want to go through the hassle of salting, freezing, packing, and shipping the hide to them you could always just freeze the hide and take it over to them if you plan a trip to Denver some time after you get the hide.
Sat, 2011-10-08 23:37#20
When I get my first bull
When I get my first bull and cow elk this year I will make the extra trip and haul out the hide! There is no way I am not going to enjoy the fine feel of a great soft hide on the family room floor - especially from my first of each! Afterwards it may only be for the trophy that I bust my backend for hauling the hide out!