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Tanning an elk hide
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:15:51 AM »
I saved the hide from the bull I killed recently, to have tanned. It's something I've always wanted. I just talked with a taxidermist close to home and he basically told me that if I brought it to him, he would salt it, box it, and send it to a tannery, either here in WA (Centralia Hide and Fur), or out of state somewhere. That I would be better off just getting it to them myself.

I looked up Centralia Hide and fur and I'm guestimating that I'm looking at $650-700 to have it tanned at $17 a sq. ft.  :yike: I knew it would be pricey, but I didn't think it would be that pricey.

I've seen self tanning kits like Quliceda Tanning has on their website, but I have no idea how to start or how easy they are to work with.

Is there any guidance out from anyone who has done this before, or knows a taxidermist who does their own tanning? I really want this done, but I don't know that I can afford that at this time, and my freezer space is dwindling fast.
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 11:23:57 AM »
These guys did a bear for me.  Reasonably priced and the work seems fine.  Came back kind of shrunk up and wrinkled though.  I need to figure out how to stretch and soften it up.

http://www.promiselandranch.net/


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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2017, 11:34:06 AM »
Their prices are more on par with what I was envisioning. Thank you for the link.
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2017, 11:37:23 AM »
These guys did a bear for me.  Reasonably priced and the work seems fine.  Came back kind of shrunk up and wrinkled though.  I need to figure out how to stretch and soften it up.

http://www.promiselandranch.net/

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Did you ship the hide to them, or deliver it?
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2017, 11:38:32 AM »
I shipped it UPS.

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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2017, 11:46:37 AM »
How much did that cost?
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2017, 11:56:14 AM »
I think it was $400ish - it is a small bear & they charge by the foot.


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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2017, 12:02:05 PM »
The shipping itself, do you remember what that cost?
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2017, 12:04:49 PM »
$30 or so

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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2017, 12:11:15 PM »
That's not nearly as bad as I imagined. Ok thank you for the information, that is very helpful.
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2017, 12:14:40 PM »
You might PM elkboy. He has more tanned hides than I've ever seen in one house.  :dunno:
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2017, 12:45:46 PM »
on it
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2017, 01:55:55 PM »
Maybe check out Moyle Mink & Tannery in Idaho

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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2017, 02:28:10 PM »
I just spoke with Rick at Cedar River taxidermy and he was very helpful. I think I'm going to be dropping the hide by his place this weekend unless I come across something substantially better closer to home. Thanks for all the input guys.
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2017, 10:52:02 AM »
When I was living in Montana. (18 years ago mind you )
We took a deer hide in to turn into a rug, to hang over the back of the couch turned out great. $30
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2017, 11:21:47 AM »
I just spoke with Rick at Cedar River taxidermy and he was very helpful. I think I'm going to be dropping the hide by his place this weekend unless I come across something substantially better closer to home. Thanks for all the input guys.

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Worth the drive. Great guy to work with.

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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2017, 11:45:56 AM »
When I was living in Montana. (18 years ago mind you )
We took a deer hide in to turn into a rug, to hang over the back of the couch turned out great. $30
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2017, 05:56:29 AM »
How much is he changing? I wanna do a blacktail hide

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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2017, 08:47:19 AM »
How much is he changing? I wanna do a blacktail hide

I'm pretty sure he said for elk it was a flat fee of $450 + tax. Not sure on deer hides.

I also want to do a blacktail hide. It's killed me tossing the last couple because they're such beautiful hides. Definitely the best looking deer in my opinion.
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2017, 08:55:19 AM »
 :yeah: Love that reddish tinge, even in later season.
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Re: Tanning an elk hide
« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2017, 07:13:53 PM »
The last couple have had lots of cinnamon and orangish red mixed into the tan and brown. Beautiful animals.
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