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Preparing a squirrel tail for tying
Posted 23 September 2007 - 12:21 AM
Posted 23 September 2007 - 01:10 AM
Posted 23 September 2007 - 09:11 AM
Posted 23 September 2007 - 09:52 AM
Posted 23 September 2007 - 09:59 AM
Tanning is not too much trouble, but it isn't worth it for one squirrel tail.
You can probably get by trying to just dry out the tail with the bone and meat still in, but you run a good chance of rot, stink, and hair slippage, especially if you live where there is any humidity. Properly taking care of a tail is really fairly quick and easy, and you owe it to the critter and yourself to do it as best as you can. BTW it works for all kinds of animals, I have a bunch of coyote, fox, and deer tails I've done this way, and they're several years old but still in perfect shape. You'd also be amazed how much nicer the hair is if you wash the tail a couple of times in cold water and some cleaner such as Woolite. It's amazing how much dirt comes out of a wild animal tail!
You can find much better directions and pictures of what I'm talking about on trapping and taxidermy websites. oh, one other thing, the fresher the animal, the easier it is to do... If you unzip the tail right after you kill it, the tail usually slides right off.
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