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Title: deer hoove tutorial
Post by: rnviper3 on January 20, 2008, 11:36:10 PM
i have seen questions here about how to clean out deer hooves.  i one time ask the same questions here myself.  i know pictures make it a lot easier, so i took some while i did my last one and decided to share it here.  i hope this helps those who need it.  sorry for having to post this 2 pictures at a time.  i don't know know others do it in one post. 

picture 1.  split the leg up the back side of the leg to the dew claws.
Picture 2.  start skinning up the dew claw. 
Title: Re: deer hoove tutorial
Post by: rnviper3 on January 20, 2008, 11:37:54 PM
picture 3.   find the last joint.  this is the knuckle.
picture 4.  detach the dew claw.
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Post by: rnviper3 on January 20, 2008, 11:40:30 PM
picture 5.  make a cut where the skin meets the Hoof.
picture 6.  i use my scalpo to work up inside the hoof.  cut all the way around the inside of the hoof trying to get to the last joint.
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Post by: rnviper3 on January 20, 2008, 11:41:58 PM
picture 7.  find the last knuckle.
picture 8.  remove the knuckle.
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Post by: rnviper3 on January 20, 2008, 11:44:09 PM
picture 9.  this is what it looks like when its done.  just finish cleaning out the meat and fat and your done.  if you have trouble with it slipping in your hands as your skinning, put some borax on it for a little grip.  i hope this helps those who have a hard time picturing it. 
bob
Title: Re: deer hoove tutorial
Post by: Michelle Nelson's Taxidermy on January 20, 2008, 11:54:19 PM
Thanks.  I just skinned out an elk foot and was begining to wonder if I had actually gotten it down to the last knuckle.  Looks like I did!
Title: Re: deer hoove tutorial
Post by: rnviper3 on January 21, 2008, 12:01:15 AM
i use the same process on elk and caribou
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Post by: Dennis Bragg on January 21, 2008, 12:10:54 AM
Thanks for posting. Have a lifesize ( first one ) to do soon and will be doing this for the first time. Black buck, looking forward to the challange.
Title: Re: deer hoove tutorial
Post by: Bakes on January 21, 2008, 07:20:47 AM
Besides cleaning out the meat and such, is there anything else you have to do to treat the hoof?
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Post by: Nina on January 22, 2008, 12:22:33 PM
Nice tutorial....did you remove the hoof bones inside the toes? Those are tricky, but it's easier to get them out if you make a cut down the middle of the bottom of the hoof. That way when you mount the skin you can just cover up where you sliced with Apoxie sculpt and texture them.
Title: Re: deer hoove tutorial
Post by: rnviper3 on January 22, 2008, 12:45:48 PM
Nina, there is still a triangular shaped bone in the very tip of the hoof.  yes you could take them out, but it really isn't all that important if you clean it out real good, then tan good or DP very good.  bakes does this answer your question.
Title: Re: deer hoove tutorial
Post by: Edgewater Taxidermy Galen on January 22, 2008, 01:04:08 PM
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Title: Re: deer hoove tutorial
Post by: Liz on November 21, 2011, 02:03:34 PM
Nina, there is still a triangular shaped bone in the very tip of the hoof.  yes you could take them out, but it really isn't all that important if you clean it out real good, then tan good or DP very good.  bakes does this answer your question.

I am new to taxidermy and was wondering what DP is? I lovethe idea of preserving a leg, i saw one with a thermometer mounted on it once and thought it was beautiful.
Title: Re: deer hoove tutorial
Post by: rnviper3 on November 23, 2011, 10:46:59 PM
DP Is dry preservative.  Beware of asking about the difference of that and tanning.  Either works good if its cleaned out good.  You can get it from any supplier, but I like the one from WASCO the best. 
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Post by: tem on November 24, 2011, 11:32:05 AM
thanks. it helped me out also.
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Post by: Jen D. on November 27, 2011, 10:11:17 PM
Really glad that you posted this. I just did four deer feet today; it is a bit tough to get down to that last knuckle. I use an x-acto knife, and the secret seemed to be a fresh blade if it started to get tough near that last knuckle.
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Post by: upatree on November 29, 2011, 08:56:13 PM
   Great tutorial!!!!!
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Post by: joeym on November 29, 2011, 09:38:04 PM
The last joint is much easier separated if you begin cutting and separating from the front of the joint, rather than from the rear.
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Post by: Jen D. on December 04, 2011, 01:07:58 AM
I will keep that in mind when I do my next set of feet. Thanks!
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Post by: rnviper3 on December 04, 2011, 10:22:51 AM
im glad that this tutorial is still able to help some out. 
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Post by: WFT on December 06, 2011, 08:57:27 PM
thanks for taking the time to show this. POST MARKED!!!
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Post by: DragunzGirl on January 10, 2012, 11:16:27 PM
wow glad i found this! I will be doing my first deer feet in a few days and well i really needed this :D