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#1 SAVAGE HMR

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 10:58 PM

Does anyone know how I would cure a fox tail?
I shot my first fox the other day and want to
keep the tail but I'm not sure how best to cure
or preserve the tail without it rotting away or
just smelling really bad.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers.

#2 lurcherboy

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:02 PM

I just air dry it with now problems so far.

They still stink though :hmm:




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Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:04 PM

Try putting it in a bottle of meths for a few months

#4 JohnGalway

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:29 PM

Meths or put salt into the bone cavity.

#5 steve_b_wales

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 12:21 AM

I've always put mine in meths for about 6 weeks. Then I gently wash and dry it. There is still a foxy smell to the tail but not too bad.

#6 Taff Mason

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 12:27 AM

depends how you took the tail off.

if you just cut it off, put it in meths or turps for a few weeks. if you used the two stick method rub a load of salt into in and it'l be fine. a farmer friend of mine tried to air dry them and they just rotted down to bone with hairs falling out

#7 taggy

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 06:21 PM

just salting, they still stink.
even after shampooing.!

not tried meths, but i`ll give that a go on my next one.

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 06:23 PM

just salting, they still stink.
even after shampooing.!

not tried meths, but i`ll give that a go on my next one.

#9 steve_b_wales

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 06:30 AM

There is a company in Snowdonia that sells taxidermy stuff. Not sure what it's called, but they are supposed to be good.

EDIT. The company is called Snowdonia Taxidermy Supplies.

Edited by steve_b_wales, 29 December 2008 - 04:50 AM.


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Posted 28 December 2008 - 05:44 PM

Been told by a Taxidermist that as soon as you`ve got the fresh fox tail to put it straight in the freezer!! :hmm:

#11 verminer

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 01:53 PM

Been told by a Taxidermist that as soon as you`ve got the fresh fox tail to put it straight in the freezer!! :good:

then what???

#12 steve_b_wales

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 09:04 PM

Put it straight in the freezer (wrapped in paper) until you are ready to preserve it.

#13 garyb

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 09:21 PM

Myself and Stealth Stalker have always stripped ours off the bone using bailing twine and a small cut around the base...

They keep just fine in a cool garage or shed :good:

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 09:29 PM

I took one of a shot fox last night.

I find the best thing to do is give them away so they can stink someon elses house/shed out rather than mine :good:

Left it in the car over night and forgot about it. Took the mrs to work with the bairn and I got a right rollocking this morning.

Took it straight round to a mates.

Didnt help that I pressed on the fox while my mate was taking it off and the contents of its bladder promptly ( vixen ) discharged all over it ;)

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 09:01 PM

To remove and cure a fox tail

1 shoot your fox
2 cut round the tail skin close to its vent
3 get two pieces of stick ,about as thick as your little finger about 6 inches long
4 put the sticks each side of the tail where you cut it,grip the sticks on both ends so that you make sort of a fox tail sandwich and pull upwards keeping the sticks tight together as you pull.The result will be the tail skin will pull of leaving the bone connected to the carcass.
5 Wash the now skinned brush in cold soapy water and let it air dry .
6 Go to the chemist or some BOOTS stores and get yourself a packet of BORAX POWDER (about £2 and will do about 20 brushes).
7 Open up the hole where the bone came from and with a bit of strong wire poke borax down the hole making sure it gets right down to the end.
8 When its full i usually cut a piece of wood so that it plugs the hole in the end tap in a couple of tacks so it wont fall out and thats it ,Hang it up in the shed and leave it for 3 weeks or so take out the wood plug empty out exess borax and put a decent piece of wood in the end to make a smart handle ------Hey Presto you have a profesional looking trophy as good as any taxidermist would sell you (take it from me i used to be one )

#16 garyb

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 09:04 PM

take note harfordwmj :yes:

Private joke :hmm:

#17 Billy.

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 10:22 PM

take note harfordwmj B)

Private joke :good:


Yes. Lesson learnt. Strangly enough, the memory of hacking a fox's tail off keeps on coming back to me!

#18 2nd Barrel

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:44 AM

I've always used immersion in meths to good effect. Might try BORAX though next time

#19 tinytim38

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 01:47 PM

Meths works just fine leave for 3 weeks immersed then hang to dry out :hmm: :good: B)




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