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    Preserving animal tails?

    I was wondering if anyone could help me out. My friend gave me a raccoon tail, off of a raccoon that he killed for meat (yes, I have redneck friends.. birds of a feather, flock together.) He salted it and removed "most of" the bone, and said "it should dry up in no time and be preserved."
    I am leary though. The stump still has a "gamey" area and a very, very slight odor that resembles beef that has been left out for a few days. Nothing strong, but I just don't want this going bad; it is cool and I collect skulls, bones, etc. and other objects from nature. I have it out in my cold hallway for the time being.
    Any ideas? I read to roll it around in sawdust but am not sure if this is good advice. I did an internet search but lately it seems like anything you search, you just find a million links to buy that thing..
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    Re: Preserving animal tails?

    Jen
    If not already done when skinned, split the tail of
    the hide the entire length on the underside. I would then strape any meat that you see off with a sharp knife and salt it. Here is a link straight from the hills of Tennesse.

    http://www.state.tn.us/twra/pdfs/tanninghides.pdf

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    Re: Preserving animal tails?

    once it's scraped and dried, you can oil it with neatsfoot oil, and gently work the skin to work the oil into the fibers.
    For a fur-on actual tanning, it's more complex.
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    Re: Preserving animal tails?

    people eat raccoons?
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    Re: Preserving animal tails?

    Raccoons and possums. They tend to be a little bit greasey. Sometimes gamey too.
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    Re: Preserving animal tails?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy-hound View Post
    Raccoons and possums. They tend to be a little bit greasey. Sometimes gamey too.
    I have even heard of barbeque raccoon
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    Re: Preserving animal tails?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ginevive View Post
    I was wondering if anyone could help me out. My friend gave me a raccoon tail, off of a raccoon that he killed for meat (yes, I have redneck friends.. birds of a feather, flock together.) He salted it and removed "most of" the bone, and said "it should dry up in no time and be preserved."
    I am leary though. The stump still has a "gamey" area and a very, very slight odor that resembles beef that has been left out for a few days. Nothing strong, but I just don't want this going bad; it is cool and I collect skulls, bones, etc. and other objects from nature. I have it out in my cold hallway for the time being.
    Any ideas? I read to roll it around in sawdust but am not sure if this is good advice. I did an internet search but lately it seems like anything you search, you just find a million links to buy that thing..
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