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Offline Sam92

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Help on tanning a moose hide please?
« on: October 15, 2007, 06:36:38 PM »
hey guys i got my very first moose on thursday and my dad and i are trying to figure out how we can tan it because all we want to do with it is keep the hide as basically a souvenir and not all the way taxidermied? so anyone that has any ideas how to help please?

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Re: Help on tanning a moose hide please?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2007, 07:20:26 PM »
Are you wanting to do it yourself or send it out?

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Re: Help on tanning a moose hide please?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2007, 08:11:02 PM »
im hoping to try doing it myself so that i can get to know how to do it so that ill have some experience. Plus i figure what better time to learn than young so later if i get a really big animal though a moose isnt that small.

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Re: Help on tanning a moose hide please?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2007, 09:42:24 PM »
Sam,

If you want to learn to tan I would suggest starting with a deer hide first or a small mammal.  Moose hides are very thick and need to be thinned down between the pickle and the tan.  If you don't your hide will be very stiff and hard to break or (make pliable).  You can keep the moose hide in the freezer until you have had a little practice. 

Their is no in-between when it come to preserving a hide.  It has to be tanned. 

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Re: Help on tanning a moose hide please?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2007, 09:54:45 PM »
thanks for the info ill do that then well my moose hide has a few cuts and tears in it because we had got it at like 5:40 and ended up still cleaning it at 8 so we were trying to hurry so we didnt get locked in so im gonna have to cut some of the hide off even though it will be smaller thats still fine to do some practice on right?

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Re: Help on tanning a moose hide please?
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2007, 10:30:02 PM »
How bad are the cuts.  You can just tan the whole thing at once.  Just practice on that deer hide.  Befor you get ready to work on it give me a shout.  I will tell you what to buy and where to buy it.

First off you are going to need some salt.  Best find a feer store that sell "Fine Plain White Feeder Salt"  It has to be plain salt.  DON'T get the brown mineral salt.  Get a 50lbs bag it only costs about $5 or so.

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Re: Help on tanning a moose hide please?
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2007, 10:38:00 PM »
there are a couple cuts that are about 6 inches long or more plus there are some cuts up the sides and ya i will sounds good thanks a lot

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Re: Help on tanning a moose hide please?
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2007, 01:59:34 AM »
A moose is a tough one Sam.  As michelle said they are thick, let me say VERY THICK.  You have spots where over 3/4 to an inch of skin must be removed.  This is a "fun" project, but has to be done in a timely manner.  I would definately try it, as the alternative is zip.  There are some great tanning methods out there when you get the time, and they aren't that much.  I'm sure Michelle can get you on the right track, or I can.

 


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