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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:59 pm 
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new to the site. i have harvested my first beaver, and would like make my son a hat. i shot the beaver in the head and left it till the next day to drift closer to shore. the next day i took the beaver out of the cold water and baged it to keep the bugs away. sat like that for a day in the shade. when i got home i put it in the deep freezer. week later thawed it out and removed the pelt and flesh. nailed it to a piece of plywood and air dried it. cool and with a fan on it, no salt. what i wanted to know was what to do next. i have the orange bottle of tanning stuff. but that starts with a green hide. any input would be awsome.

thanks in advance.... kenney


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:44 pm 
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I cant tell u much about tanning hides, other than check out some utube videos. I would suggest reading rule #6 on page 9 of the Manitoba Trapping Guide before heading out beaver hunting again.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:22 pm 
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oh no i do understand not to shoot a beaver in the water. but if shot on shore and it decides to head for the pond what can i do other then wait till the next day. i have a few problem beaver on my property and if shooting one and making a hat for my son is a problem then bring on the problem solvers.......


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:33 pm 
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You can rehydrate a pelt that you have dried when you want to tan it, but in my experience it's better and easier to work from a fresh hide. If you know you are going to tan something but don't have the time right away it is better to freeze it instead of drying it for preservation. I have not used the orange bottle tanning solution, but many guys on here have posted in the past that it doesn't produce a garment quality tan with beaver. Good enough for a wall hanger, but not to make a hat. There are many different was to tan a hide, if you read through the posts you can see what some guys are using. I order from van dykes taxidermy in South Carolina as they have the products I like, but the shipping costs more than the product. Good luck with your hat.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:12 am 
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If you don't have a boat around use your fishing rod and a lure with a couple of treble hooks to haul it in. The hook just gets hung up in the fur, not penetrating the skin.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:12 pm 
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beaver will NOT come out soft and supple using orange trapper formula. the process i found for home tan beaver to make mitts and hats requires much more work. pickle, bait, shave,degrease, wash, semi dry, Liqui Tan, dry, and BREAK hide. i tan all beavers at home this way and lots of work but results in a $400 pair of mitts. well worth it. my 2cents.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:35 am 
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Does brain tanning work with beaver and what would the process be, has anyone tried it, do the brains take the place of the tanning solution? I have about 40 skinned, but not fleshed, in the freezer from last march and I'd really like to tan them.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:19 pm 
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never tried brain tanning on anything. If you are gonna make garments stick with synthetic tanning.


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