tanning muskrats

Submitted by Trapper Tim on 3/3/00. ( bonjour@netlinkcom.com )

I have good luck tanning beaver & raccoon with Alum. They come out soft and white. But when it comes to muskrats, well, nothing but problems. They don't turn white and they don't get stretchy. I keep working them on a breaker while damp, but they turn out kinda brittle and like paper. Can anyone give any suggestions?

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change the tan

This response submitted by Frank on 3/4/00. ( basswtrout@aol.com )

If you want a soft and white hide use Rittle's EZ-100, with his tannig oil. Does a great job plus it will not was out like an Alum tan will.

Muskrats have a tough membrane!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 3/4/00. ( rittel@ici.net )

With any tan - on Muskrats - absolutely remove all of the membrane before tanning. Usually it comes off during the fleshing process with Beaver and Coon - but you have to "work at it" with Muskrats. First relax the dried skin until its soft, and then you should remove it after its in the pickle for 3 days, flesh away the membrane and then return it the pickle for another 24 hours. That way you get good penetration of the tanning chemicals and the flesh will "fill out" making it receptive to the tanning oil you use. Once tanned - Muskrats have a beautiful soft stretchy skin.

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