Tan or dry ?

Submitted by lenzie on 4/16/05 at 10:26 AM. ( reloaderlen@peoplepc.com ) 66.112.82.238

Iam new to Taxidermy and have never mounted any thing.
i bought a few dvd and books and some tools.I have three whitetail deer in the freezer.Looking for the best way for a first timer to
tan or dry preserve?Please help.
Lenzie

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Lenzie, you have a decision to make again

This response submitted by George on 4/16/05 at 11:54 AM. ( georoof@aol.com ) 205.188.116.9

Actually, tanning is an ancillary undertaking in itself. Tanning is just as time consuming and requires just as intense an education as does taxidermy. Too often taxidermists try to tie the two together because they are so inter-related, but they are not. You can easily be a good tanner and a good taxidermist or a bad tanner and a bad taxidermist or any combination of those two. They are not the same.


SO, to answer your question, if you want to immediately start mounting animals, then I'd suggest small game and dry preservative. When you get to larger game, MY OPINION is that tanned skins make prettier mounts. That's a decision you'll have to make then and unless you send your hides out to tanners who do the work professionally, then you'll have to learn all the basics involved in getting you a quality hide to work with.

Good luck in your decision.


I agree

This response submitted by Ron on 4/16/05 at 1:38 PM. ( ) 63.162.157.85

hopefully these are deer you obtained just to practice on. Just mounting the heads will be a learning experience so don't over-do it by trying to add in learning to tan a hide at the same time. Go ahead and DP the first few and get a feel for what you're doing before you launch full bore into this thing.


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