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Location: Western Canada
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Coyote hides.

One thing i've always wanted to try is tanning/treating my own Coyote hides (fur on). I'm curious as to what tanning method people have used and if they have had any luck with their end result?

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Location: Montana
Joined: 05/15/2005
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Coyote hides.

Yeah i have luck with mine. its just you got to be really carfull about the hide as your flushing it because coyotes have the thinest skin so wach for that. but i just bye the tandy hide tan stuff and do it at home in my house. it works very well.

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Location: Western Canada
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Hide

Yes, i know the fleshing is important. If you go too deep the hair can fall out . What did you soak your hide in? Does this kit come with a soaking solution?

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Location: Alabama
Joined: 08/25/2003
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Coyote hides.

I just skinned out the one I killed last fall removed as much flesh as possible and tacked it hair down to a board let it set for a week or so. Then I turned it over hair up and let it set a long time it's semi-stiff, it's not like leather but if you're going to tack it to a wall it works great!!

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Location: Western Canada
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hides

I would like to make my hide so it is soft and preserved. Just letting it dry works to have a stiff wall-hanger type hide. But with out some sort of preservative i think your hide may disintigrate over time.

I'm going to look at some kits. But failing that i think i may try Chrome tanning. I'll soak the hide in a sulfuric acid solution first, then go onto the chrome tanning. It's kind of wild stuff, i've been reading a bit. But it would be cool if anyone has actually tried this method.

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Location: Alabama
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Coyote hides.

I haven't tacked it to the wall yet but we kill several every year this one just had a pretty color scheme it goes from black to grey to orangish-red.

I'm not sure how but you can use the brain of the animal mixed with common items to tan the hide soft. I had already gotten rid of the carcass when I found this out.

The local taxidermist will skin and tan one for $45.

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Location: Western Canada
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Coyote hides.

Maybe thats not a bad idea, have the hide tanned and not worry about all the chemicals. Disposing of the required chemicals is almost more then the initial cost . If i get the hide treated, then i could do the "finishing". Most of the work is working the hide so it's supple, sanding the hard spots etc. I'll have to look around and get some prices.

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