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Fur and Feathers

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I have come into a full raccoon pelt, and tail. The only problem was that when I came into it was it was still attached to the raccoon. I cleared it with the PA-GC. And have followed their recommendations on cleaning.

I read online that an recomeded method is to freese it for a month, take it out and let it come back up to room temp, then freese it down again. This "Should" kill any bugs in the pelt/fur.

Now after that I was going to go old school on it, streatch scrape and salt. But there are some things about this procedure I dont like.

1) no matter how well you clean it there is always some salt left on the hide/fur

2) The formentioned salt will draw moister over time depending on the enviroment.

So i was wondering if anyone had a better home based procedure?

I am trying to stay away from the taxadermy office for a pelt of dubbing.

Posted on: 2008/1/18 12:54


Re: Fur and Feathers

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I'd make a badass hat out of it, personally.

Posted on: 2008/1/18 12:55


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microwave???

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Re: Fur and Feathers

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http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_l/l-103.pdf

Tells how to tan the hide with or without the hair.

Posted on: 2008/1/18 18:23
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live2fish,

Outstanding pdf, thank you very much

Jake

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Re: Fur and Feathers

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My son used a Borax & salt mixture. You might be able to just use Borax.

Posted on: 2008/1/19 14:22


Re: Fur and Feathers

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borax is fine, salt will dry and shrink a hide to much..we use borax on all georges hides from trapping...makes them soft and pliable...

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