How long can I wait before tanning an air-dried coyote?

Submitted by Deb B on 5/19/05 at 12:44 AM. ( )

Hey there,

Someone I know is selling a few fleshed/air-dried coyotes that he shot in the winter of 04/05 (Around New Year's). Are these critters still good for garment tanning? It's not been frozen, just hung up with the others in a cool dry basement. I saw it first around January and it looks/smells/feels exactly the same now as it did then. Basically, no smell or dampness/wetness whatsoever. The hair is very tight on the hide, and the hide itself is pretty bendable...about like paper. it crinkles and crackles when you move/bend it but can be bent without effort.

A taxidermist friend of mine says that good fleshed/dried hides can last a year or two before tanning. Is this true?

Thanks a lot,


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they are ok...

This response submitted by terryr on 5/19/05 at 12:46 AM. ( )

i would throw straight into pickle

Rehydrate first

This response submitted by AndyO on 5/19/05 at 9:37 AM. ( )

Need to rehydrate before throwing in pickle. I would use a bacteride as well.


This response submitted by - on 5/19/05 at 4:49 PM. ( )

I dressed bobcats killed in 1986 through 1988, in 2004.
If the 'yotes have no problems, like being underfleshed or mold, then the leather will be ok.
Your 'yotes will be fine, just give them an extra day to rehydrate in the bacteriacide/water thing, before you start tanning.

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