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    OK, I have a question, How do you preserve the tails. by that I mean do you skin the tails, or just cut them off and keep salt on the cut portion. I really don't know, but would like to learn. Thanks. Oh yea, these would be for fly/ jig tying...
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    I would think the same way as I read for doing my own buck tails. Cut them open scrap, clean out any meat, then rub with borax soap. Keep the soap in them for a few months. Then transfer to the open air. Some friends shot some does and gave me the tails, some of the softest hair jigs I have made.

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    PS those are some really nice ties.

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    I like the jigs also, maybe not so much flash, but hey, if it works that's great...If mine don't with a couple of strands of the flash, I can always add more...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesdean View Post
    OK, I have a question, How do you preserve the tails. by that I mean do you skin the tails, or just cut them off and keep salt on the cut portion. I really don't know, but would like to learn. Thanks. Oh yea, these would be for fly/ jig tying...
    Salt, no iodine

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    Final ones
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    looks great

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    If you cut a slit about halfway down tail peel back skin about a inch,(cut tail off squirrel at thickest part of base) you can grab tail real tight and pull and pull out tailbone without leaving anything behind.. have done a few hundred this way then just work some salt down into tail or split rest of the way open and pin to a board/let dry out.
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    Thank you for that lesson on skinning a squirrels tail Dean. I have eaten squirrels but they had been skinned and frozen previously. I grew up out in the High Desert out west and not many squirrels around out there...hahaha...
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