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how to tan a squrile

does anyone know how to tan a squrille. Any info will help thanks

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how to tan a squrile

Skin it and stretch the hide hair side to the board and tack it let it dry until it is alomst dry and not very sticky.Then pull the tacks out and turn it hair side up and re-tack it. When it is completely dried it will be semi stiff. This method is only good for hanging on a wall where it doesn't matter if it's stiff.

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how to tan a squrile

Thanks for the info but I was told to put salt on it. I kills the bactira or something i dont know. Im going to look at it tomorrow and see how it turned out. But if you have anything else that will help please tell and thank you for the info.

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You can now buy tanning kits at stores that carry trapping supplies. Although I have never used one, I hear they are easy to use with excellent results.

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Yeah I've used the salt on deer tails before. I think it really just pulls the moisture out and can decrease bacteria growth. The thing with it was, in the tail it was hard to get all of it out so I just let this coyote dry.

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Salt is for pulling the moisture out and killing the bacteria when the salting phase is done make sure to patt it in some powder borax then work it till its soft again youll need a bit of water to make it soft again then work it a little more and let dry again. There are also tonnes of do it yourself methods of tanning one is the battery acid way, alum way and there are all kinds of other acid ways but I dont recommend them for one pelt. Someone told me egg whites also work for the acid just replace with egg whites. Last but not least the brain tanning method.

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Re: how to tan a squrile
roger-that wrote:
does anyone know how to tan a squrille. Any info will help thanks

.... I use squirrel tails and deer hide for tying flies what i do is cut the tail along the bone on the under side right down the middle remove the bone completly and flesh it out then use coarse salt fold it over skin against skin tie it up and leave it in shed all winter in the spring i wash it hang it on the line to dry then scrape it with a brick it will be just like swade dear hide is the same salt it and fold it in half skin against skin the roll it tie it leave it all winter same process