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coyote tanning questions

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by h_t, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. h_t

    h_t New Member

    Hi all,

    This forum seems to have the most useful info on the net.
    I have few questions, I hope someone can help me.

    I have 3 coyote pelts I'd like to tan to be used in garments - mitts, hats etc.
    Sorry this is not about taxidermy.

    I skinned them the same day they were shot in January and February.
    Washed in mild shampoo and fleshed on a beam. Someone told me it was a mistake to wash the hide. Was it?
    After that I dried them. No salt.

    I am confused about the salting. Fur auctions usually ask not to salt pelts. On this forum most do.
    Is it the difference between tanning fur for garmetns and for taxidermy?

    Now will the following work?

    I plan to rehydrate the pelts in water with a bit of bleach.
    Pickle in salt and transpacide (BM Sports product here in Canada)
    Wash in water with a bit of Dawn (degrease)
    Netralize in soda
    Tan with Lutan FN and salt
    Oil (some oil from the same BM sports)

    Thanks for the help.
  2. trapper400

    trapper400 Active Member

    for about $22.00 US, Moyle mink and tannery in Heyburn Idaho does a great job. I`ve tried home tanning and for wall hangings its o.k. but not worth the hassle and cost.

  3. h_t

    h_t New Member

    yes, I heard of them, I don't think they will accept pelts from Canada. Thanks.
  4. Washing the hide shouldn't be a problem if you dry it as well as possible and proceed as quickly as possible to salting. Some coyotes I have worked on were so full of burrs that washing with conditioner was the only way to get them to comb out. Fleshing a hide with burs on a beam can lead to all kinds of language your mother wouldn't approve of!