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Alum vs orange tanning solutiion

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by CrazyJoe, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. CrazyJoe

    CrazyJoe New Member

    I'm not a taxidermist, just a deer hunter wanting to tan a deer tail, I've used homemade alum solution before on squirrel tails and they worked fine, but this deer tail is gonna be mounted on a plaque and I wanna do it right, just wondering if the alum solution will work as good as that orange stuff they sell at sporting goods stores. I don't want it to rot after a couple of years or the hair start to fall off.
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    We don't have many whitetailed deer in Oregon. Only a small group that we can hunt. Other than that, they are actually listed in the endangered list. Sooo,

    I have tanned and plaque mounted lots of whitetailed deer tails for local guys and gals that got to go hunt them and incorporated them with the antler or head mount.

    I would go with alum. It's what I have used for many years until I started using Liqua tan. I believe the orange stuff would probably work, however, alum is a proven method.

  3. CrazyJoe

    CrazyJoe New Member

    Thanks guy, I was leaning toward alum too since it'll save me a couple of bucks ;D
  4. Joe, it depends on if you intend to tan a few more in the future. If so, I would suggest you go to www.truebondtanning.com and buy one of their kits. Good luck, regards, John