Wood Special wrote:
Sam, my wife and I always cut up our families' deer; and I have not saved a single hide, since I used to take them to the now closed White Fawn company in Auburn many years ago.
Back then, if we gave them a hide and payed a certain amount of money, White Fawn would make deer skin gloves for us.
If anyone in my family harvests a deer again this year, I will gladly just give you the skin. Recycling is definitely better than simply throwing the hides out.
How do you like deer hides preserved until you can get them...just folded in a plastic bag outdoors...salted...frozen...or what?
Also, just wondering...do you use moose hides, too?
I've been told about companies that used to do that. It'd be neat if some company out there still did that. It sure would keep a lot of useful material from going to waste. I imagine LL Bean could do pretty well marketing Bean Boots with uppers/laces made from Maine hides....
That would be much appreciated. Frozen would be be best, but if freezer room is a problem, fleshed, salted, and hung to dry into rawhide is a close second.
Yes, moose hide would be GREAT. I'd use it for mukluks.
Where are you located?
Sam, sorry no moose hides right now...wife, son (twice), brother, brother-in-law, nephews, and I have been lucky enough to have gotten some huge bulls in the past; but all those hides were thrown away.
However, I have a nephew who has a cow permit for the November hunt; if he gets it, I'll try to get the hide for you. In the meantime, as Jeff said, you should check with meat cutters who process
moose to see what they do with the hides; for example, here in Central Maine I know there are moose processors in Monmouth, Manchester, West Gardiner, Sabattus, etc.
Also, the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, always did have a list of moose processors in their moose hunting information section. It really is great to see someone like you, who is trying to recycle what many of us
have been discarding for years...good luck to you in your quest!