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Mink Saddle

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by JustinNH, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. JustinNH

    JustinNH New Member


    I have to tan a mink and was wondering if I need to remove the saddle when fleshing?

    I know to keep it if selling the fur (like trapping)... but I couldnt not find any info about tanning it yourself to be mounted.

  2. bearrug48

    bearrug48 Active Member

    What are you calling a saddle? Never heard that term used before.

  3. You do need to remove the saddle, you can do it after the pickle if you want. you know it can be tough to remove the saddle on the raw skin without making nicks, but it will salt through just fine, then the skin won't nick as easy after it's pickled.
  4. FurNFeathers

    FurNFeathers New Member

    Yeah bearrug I'm with you on that one never heard of it. Idk
  5. fyi-the saddle is the thin layer of meaty tissue left on yhe mink when putting up for fur market.
  6. JustinNH

    JustinNH New Member

    Thanks! This is a great forum.

    Yes, the saddle is a thin layer of meat and membrane... on the back/shoulder area. I think muskrats have them too. It will tend to stay on the skin when skinning it and are left on when skinning for the fur trade.
  7. bearrug48

    bearrug48 Active Member

    Thanks for the info.
  8. thats right,its called the saddle on rats also, kevin