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Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby TradRag » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:42 pm

Okay, what do I do know to tan these beaver tails for a bow grip?
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Do I fillet them in half and and let dry? Salt them? Was thinking they would look good on my next Osage self bow.
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby Okie » Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:07 pm

I can tell ya what NOT too do... leave 'em in my shop for my lab to get a hold of. :rolf:
You know what happens then. :(
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby hairy beaver » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:41 am

throw em in the freezer Bryan ,, someone here will have the answer ,,
does mama know you been out huntin beaver ?
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby Newkirk Jerry » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:30 pm

I skinned one out myself a year or two ago, don't remember what the heck I did with it. Hope the wife doesn't find it in the freezer. :o
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby hairy beaver » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:08 pm

Bryan ,, ran across this article ,, hope it helps ya ,, there some others like this if ya google tanning beaver tails.

http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/inde ... ic=11798.0
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby TradRag » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:49 pm

Thank you Steve!

My wife saw the plastic bag with BLOOD and her eyes got big! :shock: Told her I was putting 'something' in the garage freezer and to NOT open.

As some of you know, I work as the Dir. of Technology in a private school (K-12) and we have some ponds that are visited by the beavers. Next thing you know after returning from a weekend away is that the beautiful tree that a patron donated ($$$$) was gnawed down. :x We hire a trapper to come and set traps. They won't turn me loose with the longbow. :mrgreen: I met the fella and asked him to bring them by my office if and when he caught the next one and I'd cut the tails. I got a funny look until I explained myself. Not many people around here know much about hunting or fishing for that matter. You should see the bass we have in the ponds 8-) I've seen a few females fanning their beds to spawn. Can you say, "Buzz Bait?"
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby Newkirk Jerry » Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:57 pm

I can say AND spell buzz bait, when ya want to go?
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby robert n leeper » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:24 am

so thats what a beaver tail looks like. i been lied too all these years.. lol.. we got beaver here in the creek and in a pond close by. gonna find that recipe and skin them suckers .. tail is good eating isnt it??? :oops:
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby trapperDave » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:53 am

you can rub borax into the flesh side to cure them. (20 mule team borax can be found at your local walmart etc in the laundry detergent isle)



best eatin beaver are the 15-20 pounders, skin n gut, then cook it like a pot roast. mmmmmmm
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby deertracker » Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:15 pm

I know this is an old post, but did you ever figure out what to do with them? I have a few in the freezer that I want to use for bow handle wraps. Anyone know how to tan them and get them soft and pliable?
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Re: Now what? Beaver Tail

Postby bentlimb61 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:59 pm

Here is how I do it. Split the tail down the sides with sharp knife just under the hide. Peel the hide off both sides. mix equal parts of pure glycerin and rubbing alcohol in a jar or container to create a preservative solution. Cover the whole skin. Roll up the shin loosely and place it in the container with a lid on it. Soak for 3 days opening the lid once a day to stir. Remove and rinse with cold water. Gently blot the skin dry with a towel. Remove any excess flesh that the solution may have brought to the top. Apply a generous amount of glycerin to both sides with a paint brush. Lay the skin out to dry for 24 hours on a piece of plywood. Spread a coat of leater conditioner on both sides and allow to soak for 2 hours. Using a soft cloth remove remaining conditioner from the skin.
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