How to Skin and Tan a Rabbit
When learning how to skin and tan a rabbit, you should start by salting the animal’s hide. Next, work cooked brains into the flesh side of the pely. Finally, face turn the animal so that you flesh out the face area. Finally, you should tan the rabbit by sprinkling heavily with alum, available in the spice aisle of your grocery store.
Salting a squirrel’s skin
There are a few ways to salt a squirrel’s skin and taint it. Salting is the most common method, because it helps set the hair and prevent decay. First, lay the pelt on a flat surface, flesh side up. Fill the bucket with five cups of table salt or sea salt. Leave the pelt in the bucket for at least 24 hours. Once the pelt is dry, you can remove the flesh and store it in a closed container.
When salting a rabbit hide, you want to make sure to cover the folds and edges. Do not forget the tail. You can also do pipe fleshing by stretching the hide over a pipe, and scraping off the flesh with the rounded edge. Pipe fleshing works best for greasier animals, as musk glands are found near the tail of most fur-bearers. These glands produce oil and do not tan well. To remove them, you can scrape them out using the edge of the fleshing tool.
Working cooked brains into the flesh side of a squirrel pely
Before you begin cutting into a squirrel, make sure the brains are completely cooked. While it won’t hurt the hair side of the hide, raw brains can harbor a number of dangerous diseases. Although squirrel meat is not the most popular meat on the market, it is a healthy alternative to beef. Here are some steps to take when working cooked brains into a squirrel pely.
First, prep the squirrel for gutting. Remove the head and front feet. Then separate the limbs from the body. You may also need to split the pelvis to remove the last bits of the intestine. You can use a knife to cut a vertical slit between the limbs and the pubic bone to expose the organs. For the female squirrel, cut around the entrails. Once the intestines are removed, remove the remaining fur from the body.
Face turning a squirrel to flesh that area
To turn a squirrel’s face into flesh, the furry critter is first skinned. Flat skinned animals do not require face turning. Face turning involves turning the animal’s face inside out by splitting the ears, lips, and nose. In taxidermy, this process is done for a variety of reasons. Here are some tips to follow when face turning a squirrel:
Using a squirrel pely for tying flies
Using a squirrel tail as a pely for tying flies is a great idea because it looks fantastic! It is also durable. Squirrel tails are made from soft tanned skin, which means you don’t have to sacrifice durability. And, they last forever! Here are a few tips to get you started. You can also find squirrel skin on your local flea market, or you can make your own by buying a pely made from this material.
Squirrel skin is the ideal material for salmon flies and larger trout lures. The hair is dense and soft, and creates a lifelike appearance on flies. You can even wrap the tail around the hook to make an all-hair body. You can even use it to build a small streamer almost entirely from a squirrel tail. The soft fur of this animal is a great material for crawfish patterns and nymph patterns, too.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.