what do you think about the albino groundhog question?
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I would wash the blood clot out before the pickle, you are going to pickle it aren't you? I would only use cold water to soften and wash the blood out. The pickle will turn the blood, if any left after the wash, a brown color. I would think that you used a small caliber bullet to kill a groundhog, so after the tan I would cut the hole a tiny bit larger to remove any brown left, if any. But the wash should take it all out. Deer have hollow hair and when bullets cut an entrance hole, blood gets into the inside of the hair and leaves the tips brown after the pickle and tan. You will have no problem with this because of the groundhogs fur is not hollow. Just wash it first, and you're problem is solved.