I am interested in learning to tan skins. If I pick up a roadkilled animal (fox, raccoon or whatever) can I just skin it and salt it and let in dry for tanning later? What do I need to treat it with if I just want it to be a crusted hide. I guess I would later rehydrate the skin to begin the tanning process? Any ideas.
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Some of these guys will tell you not to mess with road kill because you increase your chances of having hair slippeg. But I think that it would be the perfect thing to start with. No sence wasting a good cape on mistakes. Just go into it knowing that any bad areas will probably slip. Skin it ,take extra meat and junk off and turn the eyes,nose,lips and ears if doing the face and all. Then salt it and tan it later.
First you need to make sure your state allows you to have road kills.
In PA it's illegal to pick any road execpt deer. To make it legal you must first contact them them them what it is. Then you must buy it from them. They own all wildlife that is killed by cars,etc. Now if they want that specimen you must also tell them where you found it and were it lays. Besides you can't even think of picking up a fox. They carry rabies and you can't have them period!
But just think you have a friend in PA.
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING, IN PA YOU HAVE TO BUY ROAD KILL.
WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT?
DO THE BUZZARDS HAVE TO PAY ALSO?
Frank is correct in this. You cannot pick up roadkill, but if the Game Commission picks it up, the licenced taxidermist may purchase it from them. Road killed deer with antlers can be picked up, but must be reported within a set time, and the antlers turned over to the game commission. However, should you wish the antlers, they can be purchased for $10.00 a point. I, if the situation arose, wouldn't use the ring method to determine what is a valid point.
There is an advantage to the Game Commission owning the animals though. Townships cannot prohibit hunting on private land within the township since they do not own the animals. They can restrict shooting with a gun, but not with a bow.
Up here if it's on the road dead it belongs to the D.N.R..Most of the time they would be more than happy to sell it to you.
Here too. We are advised to let the roadkill lay, since it was "illegally taken", call the CO and they will meet you at the site of the kill and issue a permit. Even if you throw the kill in the back of your pickup and drive to the CO's office to save HIM the trip, you may get your ass chewed depending on who's working that day!
It is true is Pa. you have to buy a permit from the Game commission to pick up a road kill. Each animal has a "set" price. What bugs me the most about this is every year I contact the PGC to buy and all I get is " we'll call you when we see what all we have" only to never get that call. -Frank- not sure if I misunderstood you when you said you can't have Foxes period?....If they are legally taken you can. It is always best to wear gloves handling ANY animal because although Fox, Skunk, and Raccoon are more often infected, other aniamals can carry it too.
Heard a funny story about a trucker last week, seems he hit a bear with his big rig, stopping to check it out, he and his buddy rolled the bear over and it was not scraped up. Up into the trailer ir goes, in the trailer it was a long haul from PA. to ARK. They back their pickup up to the semi-trailer to unload the bear. Opening the door the bear screams and charges out into the pickup and out, on across the fenced in lot of the truck yard, raising hell, scaaring those two old boys to hell and back. Local dog catcher was disptched to dart and sedate this bear. Local game officer had a hell of a laugh. Truckers say they will never pickup road kill again, until the shot it.
Anyone know what the laws are in MI for picking up roadkill?
I know that deer you have to have a permit given to you. I had a deer hit by a car in front of my house, I called the cops to get a road kill permit. They told me I couldn't even dress it out until I received the permit. My question is why can't you have a fawn? From what I understand is if it has spots, you can't have it! WHY?
see response under pa taxidermy exam for another good one on road kill
Here in New Jersey you can get a possession tag from your local police to pick up a road killed deer for consumption only. No other part of the deer can be used for any other means.