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    I am in a bit of a jam here and i'm new to this.

    I skinned a coyote yesterday and he was all bloody. So i thought, why not hose him down, talk about bad idea, its soaking wet and smells worse than ever. So i hung him in the garage overnight and unfortunately the temps are not what they were a month ago. My plan is to flesh him tonight and then leave it on a stretcher dry but with this weather i am worried it will begin to spoil.

    My plan is i want to tan the hide and do something with it later on.


    Any tips?

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    You can wash them in a bit of soap and water. Then snap them like a towel to get the water off. If roll it up and put it in a big ziplock into the fridge until you are ready to flesh. Don’t just leave it out in warm temps. A cooler with ice if your significant other would frown on the fridge

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    Is it better to flesh while cold, cool, room temp, warm?

    Again, he's just hanging in the garage right now since last night with temps around 10C. When i get home from work today i have to decide to either tackle fleshing or put him in the fridge. I will likely just try and flesh it tonight.

    Once fleshing is done then what? I leave him skin out on the board and pin him down to dry. Should i put salt on him to dry out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDN008 View Post
    Is it better to flesh while cold, cool, room temp, warm?

    Again, he's just hanging in the garage right now since last night with temps around 10C. When i get home from work today i have to decide to either tackle fleshing or put him in the fridge. I will likely just try and flesh it tonight.

    Once fleshing is done then what? I leave him skin out on the board and pin him down to dry. Should i put salt on him to dry out?
    I would flesh him now if I had the time if not, put him in the freezer until you are ready..... After you flesh it, I would salt it up like crazy so you don't loose the fur.... Let the salt sit for a good day, then remove all the old salt (it would have sucked up much of the blood/water/liquid) be sure to snap the hide so all the old salt is off, then reapply another good coating of salt and it should be good for months....
    I have done many this way with good results
    Good luck with it
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    Back in my taxidermy days, I used Borax to treat the hides and skins.
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    I have it on a board now and decided to salt it due to the warmer weather, was worried about spoiling.

    So once its dry then what? I am thinking of using the fur to make something like maybe a hat or whatever and I need to know the next step after the hide is dried that you recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDN008 View Post
    I have it on a board now and decided to salt it due to the warmer weather, was worried about spoiling.

    So once its dry then what? I am thinking of using the fur to make something like maybe a hat or whatever and I need to know the next step after the hide is dried that you recommend.
    Did you get the chance to flesh it
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    Yes I fleshed it and have it stretched on a board right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDN008 View Post
    Yes I fleshed it and have it stretched on a board right now.
    Put lots of salt............once salted it can be left in the garage for a long time without worry of spoilage.
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