Jump to content

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Bear Hide Tanning


Recommended Posts

I dont know if this is the place to ask...Does anybody know steps to take if I want to tan my own bear hide (fur on)? Im sure its not to different than other critters, but I dont know how to do those either. I know I want to scrape all the flesh off. And Ive heard some stuff about Krowtann 2000 from Van Dykes

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There are many different tanning agents on the market today.

Yes, you will need to flesh of all the fat and then salt it to dry. Make sure you get of all the fat as the hair could slip if you do not.

It might be worth checking into having it done by a tannery as there are some tricks to getting a job that will last with all the hair still attached to the hide. You will also want to make sure during the tanning process that you follow the directions to a T or you may not have the hide you were hoping for.

Good luck.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've heard tanning bears are tough because they're greasey. What happens if it doesnt work out, are you willing to throw it away. It would cost about 225 for a 140# bear and Thats fleshing and tanning. Some of those chemicals have a very strong odor. So you might have to do it outdoors if you're married, plus maybe need saftey equipment. Check some taxidermy websites for help. If you try it and you're sucessful let us know.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You're better off having a taxidermist send it in to get it tanned, I do my oun shoulder mount tanning but for rug work or flat tanning you'll need some big tumblers to do a good job. The first most important thing is to get it fleshed down the hide which a fleshing machine is used for then it'll need to be put in a pickle bath that swells the hide and then it's put back on the fleshing machine to thin the hide so when it's tumbled it'll break the hide so it'll be softened and cleaned. So a bear hide tanned without a fleshing machine don't expect it to turn out soft it'll be really stiff and not very pliable.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well going to college and I have more time than money. I scraped off all the fat and tissue I could before it got extremely greasy. So I dumped alot of kitty litter on the underside to soak up the grease. Its been sitting for 1.5 days, my hope being that it is pretty dry by tonight so I can get the final amounts of tissue off

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You have to "salt" the hide...if you don't have access to a taxidermy supply shop, you can just use pickling salt...it sets the hair and helps in beginging the drying process...I don't think kitty litter is going to do that!! I'd start checking the hair for slippage ASAP!! Grab a few spots of hair and pull...if you can pull it out...your hide is shot.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Tripp_315
      How’s the the smallie bite? I’ll be up on Friday 😎 ~Tripp
    • FishinCT
      Culling is not against the law in Minnesota unless you have a limit. (Which obviously applies in this case.)   They finally cleared up the language about it in the regs this year. 
    • delcecchi
      Since culling is against the regs in Minnesota, weighing in early is a great thing to do.   Congrats.
    • Rivergroup
      We're heading up tomorrow. Hoping for walleye but looking to mostly relax. We'll have leeches and minnows and any tips would be great. Just looking for enough for a good fish fry. Thanks in advance.
    • Jetsky
      Caught a lot of small ones yesterday in 20 -30 ft.  A couple of eaters.  Minnows on Lindys clearly out fished the leeches on Lindys.
    • Hookmaster
      Kudos for doing this. I'm sure a lot of fishermen would not have.
    • MikeG3Boat
      I know it has been raining all week but anyone have any walleye reports?  Heading up for the holiday weekend and want to do some fishing.
    • MikeG3Boat
      Partyonpine, Would you be willing to share in what areas you were getting some nice Bluegills?  I am on the east end on big bay and would like to find some good panfish.
    • partyonpine
      Opener and the week after were good.  Not the numbers we normally get but better quality in the East End.  Not surprised on the weights for the Auto City a.  Usually for us we only catch a few slot fish but we averaged 3 a day for 10 days.  2 overs, biggest 27 inches.     Our best luck was 12-16 feet for quality.  When we went deeper we caught more but smaller.  Bass were really starting to heat up.  For me little earlier than normal.  Found some nice Bluegills the day we went after some panfish.  Dock fishing was as many as we wanted per usual.
    • Shulsebus
      We will be up on June 8th for the week. It will be our 13th year in a row staying on the lake.  I hope the walleye are hitting the bobbers by the time that we get there. 
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.