Squirrel Tail Slipping

Submitted by Wade on 12/12/99. ( Rhino223@aol.com )

I have recently mounted two squirrels and both of the tails are slipping. I pickeled them in a formic acid pickle and tanned them in a lutan-f tan. What caused this problem? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Probably bad penetration

This response submitted by Toivo Ohlsson on 12/13/99. ( toivo.is@home.se )

Sounds like You didnt manage to get the pickle/tan into
the tail skin. Of course You should not split a squirrels tail-
I make a small hole at the tip, allowing air to escape, then I
fill the skin with pickle by using a syringe without the needle.
Same thing with the rinsing / tanning liquid. I know that most
people use DP on squirrels, but I myself like to tan the skins.
Best regards from Sweden

Long needle from Vandykes

This response submitted by John C on 12/13/99. ( )

Using this 12 needle, I run a heavy cotton twine through the squirrels tail, this will wick the pickle into it. Hope fully curing your problems, yes I do change the thread for the tan. JC

I had the same problem

This response submitted by Todd B on 12/13/99. ( trigger@indy.net )

On my first couple of squirrels I had the very same problem. I was doing
the squirrel skins the same as I did deer skins. I would skin,salt
for 24 hours resalt and let the skin dry. I was not getting the salt
into the tail good enough. I learnes a squirrel does not need to be
salted as long as a deer or other large mammal. So I changed the way I did them
I skin it and salt it but only leave it salted for 2 hours or so and
then I pickle it and shave it down on a wire wheel and then tan it.
And I have not had any problems since. I hope I am doing it correctly
It works for me.

Todd B

See, the Swedes know how to do it right!

This response submitted by Bill on 12/15/99. ( yoxtax@aol.com )

I like to force some salt into the tail using a wire with a small loop at the end. Then when it goes into the pickle, I use that same wire to thread a string of yarn or similar material through the tail, as a wick for the pickle and tanning solution to travel up the tail in. Im still using string from a soft rope that I unwound and seperated the strands from.

Use Dry Preserve Instead

This response submitted by Danny Gabbard, Sr. on 12/16/99. ( PYBuck12pt@cs.com )

I know it may not be popular....but.....I've done a number of squirrels using dry preservative and have NEVER had a tail slip.

IMHO.....I think tanning for a squirrel mount is a little overdone.

Don't jump me.....just give it a try sometime.


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