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I just shot a nice squirrel and skinned it. i tacked the skin out on a board which was a mistake, because i was gone all weekend

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  • I just shot a nice squirrel and skinned it. i tacked the skin out on a board which was a mistake, because i was gone all weekend

    I just shot a nice squirrel and skinned it. i tacked the skin out on a board which was a mistake, because i was gone all weekend and now it is stiff as a board. Is there any hope of recovery for the skin? could i still get it wet, flesh it, tan it, and have hope of a soft skin?

  • #2
    Sure you can wet it and work it up to be tanned. Once you start the process though you will need to finish the job.

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    • #3
      If you've left it that long without fleshing it, I would be a little worried that the hair might have already started to slip, although squirrel hides don't really have that much flesh on them anyway. No harm in soaking, fleshing, and trying to tan it now though.
      I gotta say, I've never seen a tanned squirrel skin...

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      • #4
        Was there salt on the skin? If not it might of started to decompose.
        -I think you lucked out though since squirrel skin is pretty thin. Soak it in your tanning solution for a few days and keep working it as it dries(going to take a lot of work to make it soft).

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        • #5
          My last post is assuming that you got all of the meat/fat off of the skin before leaving it.

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          • #6
            well, i'm purty clueless, i saw a method that you flesh the skin, soak it in eggs and mayo for 24 hours, rinse it off then work it as it dries. but i was in a hurry so i tacked it out on a board, then i was gone all weekend.

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            • #7
              It wont hurt to give it a try.
              -Just add another step: Start soaking in water now and once it is soft fully flesh it(all meat/fat off of the skin). Then soak in the egg/mayo solution.

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              • #8
                I'm pretty skeptical of that tanning formula, I've never heard of one like that before. Guess you can try it though.

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                • #9
                  @huntfishtrap,
                  From what I have heard the mayo/egg mixture is very simular to brain tanning. I've never done it, but I do know that it works.

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                  • #10
                    will the eggs and mayo still work if i leave the skin on?

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                    • #11
                      Fur! 'scuse me.

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                      • #12
                        As long as it did not start to rot yes it will.

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