I am a beginner. Shot an elk in November. Wanted to make a wall rug. Hide was skinned well, but I did not salt the hide as good as I should have. Hide was scraped some and air dried. It did not "spoil" and has been kept cool. Now the hide is dry and seems brittle, but hair seems to be secure. Thinking about tanning myself, but sounds like a lot of work. Can this hide still be tanned with the hide on? For a first attempt might this be above my head? Looking for some advice. Thanks.
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Question is: can you still tan hair on. Sorry.
You can still tan it if it did not spoil. There are plenty of taning kits out there just check around and find one that you can do at home. Remember there are no guaranties with taning. Good luck Jack F.
I did one earlier this year. I used ez100 and my results where great.
Send it off to a commercial tannery . Save you a ton of time . IF you dont have a fleshing machine shaving a whole elk could become very time consuming . Send it off and forget about it . One day it will show up all perty and more importantly TANNED !