quick boar question?

Submitted by AJ on 2/14/05 at 9:08 PM. ( )

I have been sending deer capes out for commercial tanning because of shrinkage (eyes and mouth)from not being thinned enough. I was wondering if boar capes is the same way. Are boars considered a thick skined like whitetails? The only reason i ask, is i entertained the thought of tanning my own boar cape because i noticed that the tannerry charges twice as much to do a boar cape as they do a deer. This boar is my own and i'm just a hobbiest and wouldnt take chances on someone elses animal. Thanks for your time.

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Send it out

This response submitted by Bob Mead on 2/14/05 at 11:18 PM. ( meadtaxidermy@yahoo.com )

Boars are nasty, thick, greasy, and a pain in the neck to do correctly in-studio (that's the case in MY studio, anyway). The shield has to be removed, they have to shaved, degreased, etc. Not a good project for a hobbiest, in my opinion. I have done many in house, but prefer to send all but the rush jobs out. Send your boar to the tannery and let them do what they do best. The results will be worth the price you pay.

Bob Mead


This response submitted by Hogger on 2/15/05 at 2:22 AM. ( )

You send your deer capes out because YOU weren't thinning the face out enough? If that's the case seems you should send the boar cape out too huh? When you get your capes back don't you still have some finishing thinning to do? Bob's right, if you have problems with deer, the boar should definitly go out.

Do you remove the shields...

This response submitted by Craig on 2/15/05 at 11:21 PM. ( )

before sending them, Bob? Seems to me if one was to salt dry them they would at the very least have to remove the shield. Those things can be an inch thick on some of those bigger boars. You would still have to split eyes, flesh nose, turn ears, rough flesh, double salt. I know there are guys out there that advertise to perform this work for taxidermists but most tanneries don't offer it.

AJ...I would call your tannery and ask them what their preference is concerning these tougher specimens and whether they offer this fleshing service. Even with commercially tanned capes final thinning is neccessary around the eyes, ears bases (backs of ears), noses, etc.

Yes the shield has to come off

This response submitted by Hogheaven Wholesale Boars on 2/16/05 at 6:26 PM. ( rc5766@gisco.net )

The salt wont penetrate and get to the skin.If you do not feel comfortable with the idea of all the fleshing involved we are one of those tanneries that WILL do all that for you.We split the eyes,ears,lips and flesh it for you, AND I thin the skin around the eyes,ears,lips and nose.We can be reached at 315-493-1405 M-S 8a-5p EST.

I'm with you

This response submitted by Heath on 2/16/05 at 6:41 PM. ( )

I'm just a hobbiest also. I shot a boar last year and tanned it myself. I think the finished hide is almost thinner than a deer's. It does make a mess fleshing it. I used a fleshall minishaver. I was happy with the results. I even took it to my first competion and got a second in the amatuer div. I just think the only way to learn is to do it.Like you said it's not a customers trophy.

Shield Off

This response submitted by Bob Mead on 2/16/05 at 10:45 PM. ( )

Shield has to be removed or the salt does no good and slippage may occur. I don't have a real efficient way of getting the job done, and I usually knick the shoulder up a bit, but it has to come off.

Bob Mead

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