rehydration on old tan

Submitted by Bill on 4/22/05 at 10:11 PM. ( )

I recently purchased a coyote skin comercially tanned. It is skinned for a lifesize mount. The problem I have is I recently went to rehydrate
an older doe cape and it fell apart like a wet paper bag. I was told this happened because the cape was so old. The coyote skin I have was tanned in 1996 and has not been kept frozen. Does anyone have a sure fire way to rehydrate without the same results as the doe.

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Don't try it

This response submitted by George on 4/22/05 at 10:53 PM. ( )

The canids are the most fragile of hides when they get old anyway. If you want to mount a coyote, buy a green one or a frozen specimen. Rehydrating a 10 year old, soft tan that hasn't been frozen is just asking for heartache.

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