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Many Uses of your Deerskin Hide

Mar 25, 2008
A valuable product of your deer hunting is the leather hide. You may send this hide into several tanners, or tan it yourself. Here's how to make your deer hide useful and valuable.

After removing your hide, stretch it out and rub about two pounds of salt on the flesh side. Then fold the edges to the middle, roll up hair out and place in a box or a burlap bag. There are many tanners throughout the nation that will tan this deerskin and manufacture leather accessories.

A small deer (80 to 135 lbs dressed) will yield 6 to 8 square feet of leather. A medium deer (135 to 180 lbs) will yield 9 to 11 square feet of leather and a jumbo deer will yield 12 to 16 square feet of leather.

This tanned leather may be used in gloves (3 sq. ft.), handbags (5 sq. ft.), garments (50 sq. ft.), wallets (1 sq, ft,) moccasins (3 sq. ft.) and more. Tan your hide and enjoy the benefits of soft, supple, strong deerskin leather.

For a wall hanging, it is fairly easy and useful to hard-tan the hide yourself. This leaves the hide stiff, rather than supple. Essentially, hard tanning is as sensible as soft-tanning if the hide is going to be used as a trophy wall hanging.

Another use for your deer hide is to save and dry out the tail. Cut the tail off, and use it for tying trout flies and bucktail lures.

Leather Unlimited in Belgium Wisconsin offers several easy do-it yourself tanning kits. These kits may be used to tan your deer hide or other hides into useful and valuable fur or leather.
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Sportsman Ethan O. Tanner shares his knowledge of Buckskin tanning and Buckskin leather uses
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