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GrouseMan77
06-09-2009, 02:30 PM
Lately I have found myself thinking ahead to fall, my favorite time of year, and of the grouse I hope to have in my vest.

I am looking for some information on how to best preserve the entire skin. I have a pretty good idea how to do it but am interested in hearing from folks with some experience.

Thanks in advance.

buzzmcmanus
06-09-2009, 02:44 PM
skin it, remove as much fat as possible, rub down with Borax, store in a dry place.

If you have mounts in your house, do not keep it with them. Bird skins are hard to throughly get clean, they are the first thing that attacts bugs. Once they're through with it, they'll move on to you deer heads and so forth. At least that's what I'm told.

I keep all my bird skins in the deep freeze once they're dry.

GrouseMan77
06-09-2009, 03:11 PM
Thanks for your recommendation. I don't have any mounts and am unfamiliar with the necessary up keep.

I have been told that the freezer and moth balls are both great?

kytroutman
06-10-2009, 08:43 AM
Buzz is correct. The only things I do different is actually pinning the skin to keep it from curling and will use Boric acid powder instead of Borax, though they are basically the same.

flyman
06-10-2009, 12:41 PM
In additon to what the others have said, wash it, dry it, treat it, and tack it to a small piece of cardboard and place it in a paper sack. The paper sack will allow it to breath while it dries out. I always keep it away from any other tying materials for at least 30 days to make sure it is pest free.

GrouseMan77
06-11-2009, 06:28 AM
Thanks for the info guys.

I would not have thought to put them in a paper sack. Very good idea.

silvercreek
06-11-2009, 08:20 AM
I've not dried a skin myself, so this might screw it up, but freezing it for a couple of days should kill any pests. A brief microwaving will kill any bugs. This is done to books to rid them of pests, but I would make sure the skin is absolutely dry.

GrouseMan77
06-11-2009, 09:56 AM
I have put pheasant tails in the freezer. This will be my first experience with an entire skin.

gutshot
06-12-2009, 02:26 AM
All you need to do is cover in borax and leave it in the garage for a few weeks/months. This is sufficient for wall mounting of bird skins as I have grouse and turkey skins on the walls for years following this treatment. After weeks in the garage all the bugs are gone, but I often just seal in a plastic bag removing all air. I store most skins in the plastic bag next to my tying bench, but some are left out. Both options work.