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Auto Tanner For Soft Coyote Fur?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by jigginjim, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. jigginjim

    jigginjim Active Member

    I was wondering if my auto tanner could do a soft coyote fur for hanging a hide for a display. Not looking to mount the skin just flesh tan and hang but would like it soft, not hard as several do when they dry out. A process would be nice, just bought it not done much yet.
    Thanks for the help.
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  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Doesn’t matter what you tan with it’s going to be hard.
    You have to break the hide or stretch it out when it’s about 85% dry. Plus double oiling also aids in a soft tan.
    Tru-bond 1000B is a real good rub on tan for wall hangers. It has oils in it yo aid in softness.

  3. Wildcat Furs

    Wildcat Furs New Member

    I have an auto tanner as well and tan every furbearer there is, however I have noticed with the auto tanner that you have to be extremely careful with over crowding the space or you will get hair matting on the leather side like you see in a lot of bears. This has been the case for the last batch of coyotes I completed. Lots of factors that also play into this, but that has been my observation and have returned to static tanning for the time being until I can come to a definitive solution with my auto tanner. Frank is spot on with the breaking process, nothing tanned will ever be soft unless you break the fibers in the hide before they set. I have two tumblers for this, one is a converted dryer and the other is a large 8' x 4' tumbler, but you can accomplish breaking by hand staking, just more labor intensive and time consuming.
  4. jigginjim

    jigginjim Active Member

    Thanks guys, I figured on only doing two or three at a time in my 22 gallon tank. Looking at that as another side to trapping furs. Along with Animal shoulder mounts, (Coyotes, fox, raccoons and maybe bobcats) when things are slow.