Submitted by Charley on 2/1/05 at 9:14 PM. ( )

I am in the process of tanning a red fox for a mount and the tail is slipping! I split the tail about half way down and then stripped the rest ot the tail out like a squirrel. I searched the archives and they say you can strip the whole tail so I didn't think stripping half of the tail would hurt. It seems as if there was moisture inside the tip of the tail skin and bacteria grew. I was putting the skin in the pickle and noticed that the tail is ruined. What am I doing wrong? I live in Louisiana and the air is really moist so it takes like a week for the hide to even begin to dry, I thought maybe that was part of the problem.
Please help! This tail is gone and I'm going to have to get a tail and sew it on there but next time I'd like to know how to prevent this!

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For tanning, regardless of what you read

This response submitted by George on 2/1/05 at 10:49 PM. ( )

Split the tail all the way down. Stripping it works if you're using DP , but not for tanning. Half way down means that you left it half done.

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