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Deer Pelt Hair Very Dry And Breaking

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by lokis333, Mar 24, 2023.

  1. Hi all,
    I've successfully tanned 3 red deer skins, 2 of them are very soft and just fine. However, the biggest and last one I did, har seems to be very dry and not very soft and I find that hair breaks (doesn't shed) very easily.
    What could be the cause of this and is there anything that I could do to save it or prolong its life?
  2. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Deer hair are fragile and as they dry out they break easily. The tanning process could very well have made the hair dry even more - Perhaps not neutralized enough??

  3. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    All deer hair is hollow and can be brittle. This is why is breaking on you.
    You can try a deep hair conditioner on it to help then rinse it off but that’s only a suggestion.
  4. SolarDeer

    SolarDeer Member


    What time of year did you tan these at? entirely possible your two hides are early season capes (pre-rut) then your other cape is late rut winter coat.

    It sounds like the skin is thick, and the hare is hollow on that big boy, you'd be surprised though it takes a while even for a reindeer rug (much more hollow and brittle) to wear down from frequent use.