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Tanning a moose hide

by , Posted to on 12/10/2007 12:41 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/01/2002
Location: ND
Anyone out there tan thier own hides? My buddy wants to tan his dad's moose hide for him and has purchased the kit from Cabela's. Any input/tips on this would be great.
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by on 12/10/2007 2:01 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/22/2002
Location: ND
Hair on or off?? They can be a pain, 1st step is to take off ALL meat and salt. Another option is to hang it and let the birds pick it clean for you. It'll probally take a month or two, but they do a pretty good job.

Re: Tanning a moose hide
by on 12/10/2007 7:19 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
I had a tanner in Glen Ulin do my moose hide. I think it cost about 300.00 hair on and felt placed on the back that was in 1995. It took about think 6 months. Try www.usafoxx.com it looks like they charge about 10.00 per square foot for hair on.
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by on 12/10/2007 10:51 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
Only advice I could give would be to get all the meat off the moose hide. Freeze it, practice on a few animals before tanning someone's once in a lifetime trophey.

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by on 12/10/2007 11:43 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/17/2004
Location: ND
I did a couple of hair off tans for leather on some pronghorn hides I got this year. - I'd recommend Horsager's advice and practice on a few other smaller hides first rather than tackling the larger hide right away.

The entire process wasn't bad but when it comes to breaking it - that's a lot of work!

From some of what I have read - if you salt it right away be sure to clean all the meat off or the salt won't penetrate and don't let it freeze. Also, don't be skimpy on the salt and rub the salt in, don't just pour it on.

If you don't salt it, put it in the freezer until you can start on it.

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by on 12/11/2007 07:55 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Some of the local buckskinners had a brain tanning class a couple of years ago in my shop. We did deer and a few elk skins, hair off. It took everyone several weekends just to scrape them and demembrane them to the point of actuall tanning them. Then literally days working the leather, etc. Several guys simply gave up.
But wow, that's a lot of work preparing the hides even using steel tools, scrapers, etc. that we made ourselves. I can't imagine how much work it might have been using stone flint tools working on hides pegged to the prairie back in the old days! Small wonder the natives loved trading raw buffalo hides for bolts of cloth!
Anyway, I would doubt that a tanning kit like you describe (I had one and have used it for small hides like coyote or fox) would be adequate for anything as large, particularly as thick, as a moose hide. My brother in law did a full buffalo hide by himself and it literally took most of his spare time for months, all summer! The effort required on a moose would be in the same ball park.
If it were me I'd send it out to a commercial tannery and have them do it. My opinion, only...
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by on 12/11/2007 07:59 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
You are right Buckhunter. The scraping and demembraning it is bad enough, but 'breaking' it is a LOT of work! Like going to a gym and working on upper body strength and finger strength! My arms and fingers still ache just thinking about it! And moose are really thick and strong compared to antelope or even deer.
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by on 12/11/2007 08:50 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/01/2002
Location: ND
Thank you for the input. This will be a hair on job. I'm not familiar with "breaking" term so if you could help me out with that I would appreciate. How do you keep the hide fresh if you have to work at taking the meat off for so long. (maybe keep it next to the beer) I'm also gathering that if not done right the hide will end up in the garbage, or would it just look like crap?
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by on 12/11/2007 09:05 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/14/2003
Location: ND
I tan my own hides. I
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by on 12/11/2007 09:25 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/17/2004
Location: ND
Breaking -- breaks down the fibers in the leather, leaving it soft.

Here's a how-to article that you should check out.

Hair on tan

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Re: Tanning a moose hide
by on 12/11/2007 09:27 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/01/2002
Location: ND
shteamindea, that is very generous of you to offer but we live in argusville. When you say the right tools is there specialized tools of the trade out there, or could a guy use knives and maybe some type of medical tools?
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by on 12/11/2007 10:50 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/14/2003
Location: ND
eyecatcher, I was offering the use of my fleshing machine. A person could thin a hide in a matter of a couple hours, then tan it. I do taxidermy as a hobby and have all the tools to tan my own hides. Thinning the hide will make for a good tan and make it easier to break. If you try to do that with just a knife, that would be a large project.
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