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Tanning/soften a snake skin

by , Posted to on 07/25/2006 11:49 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/24/2002
Location: ND
I got a bull snake this spring while turkey hunting with Bckhntr. I stretched and dried the skin. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to tan or soften the skin with any household items. I don't wanna buy a tanning kit and I'm sure there's something I can use to soften the skin. Maybe mink oil or some kind of leather product? Appreciate any ideas.
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Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 11:59 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/05/2005
Location: ND
Outfitter did a rattlesnake for me this summer and it turned out great.

Where you at Outfitter??
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 12:13 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/25/2002
Location: ND
I have the recipe for the soak at home. I'll try to remember to get tomorrow. Make sure when you skin it to remove all the membrane and any of the little veins thay might stick to the skin. I then usually roll it up with as little of wrinkles in the skin as possible then either refridgerate or freeze until you can soak it in the solution.
The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 12:16 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/24/2002
Location: ND
I got all the membrane and flesh off and it's all stretched and dried. Just not sure what to do from here on.
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Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 12:34 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/25/2002
Location: ND
Definitely still at least refridgerate it till I get back to you. The recipe can be made at home and the ingredients can be found pretty easily. I'll try to get it for you tomorrow.

Dirty,
Did you hang that skin yet?
The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 12:40 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/05/2005
Location: ND
I've been trying to find some ideas on what to exactly do with it. Do you think Joe could come up with a sweet looking plaque to put it on or something? I want to have it stretched out and hang it on some sort of board I think.
Anyone else have any good ideas for a rattler skin that is already preserved?
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 12:52 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/25/2002
Location: ND
My Grandpa used to have some with rawhide behind them, but I thought a nicely cut piece of wood be be cool. Something with the bark still on and showing and not perfectly straight but so you can still lay the skin out staight. Keep your eye out, and if you find one I'll cut it.
The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 1:39 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/24/2002
Location: ND
OK, I'll stick it in the fridge when I get home from work.

Dirty,
If you're from the Bismarck area I saw a rattlesnake skin at the Texas Roadhouse that was stretched out on a board and thought it looked really cool. It's been a while since I've eaten there so I can't remember exactly what the board looks like.
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Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 1:45 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I was just rereading the earlier posts and I didn't see that you had it dried already. You shouldn't need to keep it cool if it's already dry. Does it stink at all and is the skin still bendable? I've never tanned them when they've been dry, but I don't see why it wouldn't work unless the skin is really brittle. I'll talk to my uncle, he used to be into making belts, boots, and such with snake skins and leather.
The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 1:51 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
No, it doesn't stink at all and it's bendable. Doesn't seem like it's brittle at all. I don't see why it wouldn't work either.

By the way, have any good snake recipes?
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Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 2:11 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
You know, I've actually never tried it. I've always thought about it, but when I get a few I'm usually just worried about saving the skin and rattle. If I get a few more bowhunting I'll save em and have you over to try em out. I can't say I'm not curious.
The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 3:02 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/15/2005
Location: ND
I'm curious as to go about skinning a snake. I know how to all the furry critters but am waiting to get a rattle snake. Would like to know how you guys do it when the time comes when i get one. Thanks in advance.
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 3:19 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/25/2002
Location: ND
The first and foremost important thing when getting a rattler is to remove the head and bury it. I usually let it bleed out for a bit before skinning. Start at the head end and cut down the center of the belly skin till you reach the pooper. Then start to peel the skin back, it comes off rather easily. Cut around the pooper down to the rattle(this can be a little tricky, so take your time). Be careful not to cut the skin too far at the top of the rattle otherwise it will fall off. Once you have the meat removed, you can scrape the inside membrane and veins off with you nails or a small rock. I then roll it, put it in a ziplock bag and refrigerate or freeze it so it doesn't start to dry.
Have fun, but be careful. Snakes can be unpredictable and are dangerous, but a great time to catch.
The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 3:23 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/24/2002
Location: ND
So is that how you get em, with your bow? I blew the head off of mine with a shotgun. I've heard they taste pretty good. I'll give you my email: rhino2003@hotmail.com

Elmer,
I got some information about skinning from the internet. If I remember right just make a long slit down the belly, pull the guts out, and the skin pulls off the meat really nice. Didn't very long at all the clean. I'm not sure how to go about the head area as mine didn't have one. lol I'm sure if you do a search for it you'll find a few web sites that'll give detailed info on cleaning a snake.
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Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 3:31 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I wish I was that good of a shot!
No when bowhunting in the badlands I have a few pits I check out. Spring and early summer are better though. I usually use wire to pull them off the rocks and either snap them with my belt or trap their head under my foot and pull out the pocket knife.
The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 3:42 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Ever have one strike at you?
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Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 3:46 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
For the rattler display question, I took some old barn board that I had and made a sort of display case, however long the snake is by 6-7 inches wide by about 2 1/2 inches deep. I used lexon(spelling?)or something like it instead of glass(easier to cut)for the front. Behind the snake I used felt, raggedly cut the shape of the snake, and just used fancy tacks to hold it and the snake onto the wood. It looks pretty good, the old lady even lets it hang in the living room. I hung it the long way up and down, instead of across the wall, to save room. Only thing now is the skin seemed to have stretched a little so I need to retack it.
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 10:16 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
rhino,

I've had them strike at me, they are actually not that dangerous unless you are really close since they can only strike about half to two-thirds their length.

I still don't like snakes very much. As a kid I didn't mind them at all nad now I hate them. Go figure......

A couple years ago I thought for sure I had been bit. Was out bow hunting in the badlands by myself. Saw a nice muley buck and started to stalk him. After about 2 hrs and 1.5 miles, I stepped over a little ledge (18 inches or so) and felt sharp, shooting pain in my calf. I immediately looked down and quickly spied a rattle protruding out from under my left boot. The thoughts that raced through my mind were unbelievable.

Things like "aww fu@^, I'm here by myself",then "Holy s*^% that pickup is 2 miles away" (I could see it from the butte I was on), and why the He!! doesn't it let go (as the pain continued). Well, I couldn't see the back of my calf where the pain was coming from so I slowly peeked around the calf expecting to see the snake stil attached to my leg since the jabbing feeling was still with me.

Well, as I peeked around my outstretched leg the first thing I noticed was a very large prickly pear cactus that I was leaning on and had stuck into the back of my calf. The second thing I noticed was a perfectly coiled up SKELETON of about a 3 ft rattler.

Sheesh, my heart finally started beating again and I sat down to take five and remove the prickly pear. At this point I had lost all interest in that buck, thought for sure I was within 50 yds of him when this happened and I never saw him leave.

Worst part is I never even thought to bring the skeleton home with me. Even though I had stepped on it it was in almost perfect shape.
“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 10:19 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
p.s sorry fo rthe language placeholeds, just being honest with what went through my mind.

Yeah, the wife is working on me......
“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain
Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/25/2006 10:30 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Allen,
I'm sure I would have thought and said the same things if I were you. Probably would have made up a few words too. lol I'm not really crazy about snakes either but there's something in the back on my mind that's trying to persuade me to go after them. Maybe the primitive man inside me, or maybe cuz it's out of the ordinary. I'm sure I could think of quite a few more excuses, but before the summer is over Bckhntr and I are going to attempt to hunt rattlesnakes.
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Re: Tanning/soften a snake skin
by on 07/26/2006 07:26 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Hey Rhino,
I lost the recipe for that soak somewhere in my garage, but I emailed my uncle and as soon as he gets back to me I'll get it to you. What general area are you guys planning on hunting snakes?
As far as the striking...it happens frequently. Usually you'll find them coiled on the rocks and as soon as you try to pull them off, they get a little cranky. A forked branch or wire works good for pinning their heads down though.
The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard
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