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What To Do With Those Deer Hides? [Video]

Deer season is now over and with any luck you have filled a deer tag or two.  A few venison dishes have been enjoyed, deer camp has been cleaned, waiting till next fall for the fun to begin all over again.  However, you probably have a few deer hides you do not know what to do with.  Sure you can take them to the back 40 and let the coyotes have their way.  Or, you can utilize the hides any many different ways.  Lets explore the options you have.

Whitetail hides make exceptional leather garments especially gloves and coats.  There are many companies in the United States that will trade gloves for your deer hides.  One of the biggest in the country is North American Trading in Wisconsin (715-695-3533).  If you would rather not have a new pair of gloves they will also purchase your deer hides.  Give them a call for more details.

Not in the mood for gloves?  How about a nice wall decoration?  Most taxidermists can tan a deer hide at a minimal cost.  A soft, tanned deer hide looks beautiful hung on the wall.  A couple of years ago I shot a nice buck and had the head mounted and the hide tanned.  I hung the hide on the wall and directly above the hide I placed the mounted buck .  I have received countless comments on how nice this looks.  If your taxidermist does not want to bother with tanning the hide, which some do because they are busy with more profitable projects, there are several tanneries that will do it for you at a reasonable rate.  In the past I have used Moyle Mink and Tannery with great results (208-678-8481;

For the do it yourself person you can still come out with a nice tanned hide.  Just do not expect the softness you would get if it was done by a professional.  This past fall I purchased a bottle of Deer Hunter’s & Trapper’s Hide Tanning Formula for $8.00.  This one bottle is enough to tan one deer hide and is easy to use.  I imagine you have seen these little orange bottles in your favorite sportsman’s catalog trapping supply house or outdoor shop.  In about four days you will have a hide ready to display.  Not only will this product tan deer hides, but I also used it to nicely tan a bobcat and red fox this past winter and still have a half of bottle left.

A word of caution.  I do not recommend using a tanned deer hide as a floor rug.  It does take long before the hair begins to fall out after being walked on.

It is possible to even make a profit on your deer hides.  Many local fur buyers purchase deer hides.  Contact your fur buyer to see how they would like it prepared.  Many would just like them salted, rolled and frozen, but check first.

There are many companies who purchase deer hides to tan and later sell at their store or on the internet.  Without a doubt one of the biggest in the country is Moscow Hide and Fur located in Idaho.  They pay top rates of any company I have worked with and a whole lot more than your local buyer.  The only thing is that they may be a little more picky than others.  This is because they are a reputable company.

For example, my local buyer pays $5.00 for a frozen deer hide.  Moscow Hide and Fur will pay $25.00 for a large hide that is at least 55-inches long and $15.00 for a small hide that is only 45-inches long.  However, they want the hides they purchase to be fleshed.  Go to their website for more information.

Groenewold Fur & Wool Co. travel the Midwest stopping at many locations buying all types of fur including deer hides.  They will grade your skins and hides on the spot and give you a check immediately.  This company normally pays more than a local buyer, but less than Moscow Hide and Fur.  However, Groenwold does require that the hide be fleshed, there are no shipping fees and you are paid on the spot.  Go to their website, or call 815-935-2381 for more information and the routes they have scheduled this spring.

No matter the route you take with your deer hides, rather to sell them, have them tanned or trade them for gloves always make sure you have your deer permit and hunting license available.  It will be very difficult to do anything without these two documents.

Coon Creek Outdoors has a good video on preparing a deer hide for tanning if you want to tackle the job.

How to Use a Shock Collar on a Rage Broadhead [Video]

Either you hate them or you love them.  I’m talking about Rage Broadheads and the shock collar that goes on them.

People complain that their Rage didn’t open, or it opened in flight.  That might be because the shock collar wasn’t used correctly.

The collar has slits in them.  The blades do not line up with the slits, but rather the flaps on the collar.

Check out this video to get a better understanding.

A Better Way to Skin A Deer [Video]

Ok, so maybe there is not wrong or right way to skin a deer as long as you get the job done.

But, it is always nice to see a quick, effective way to skin one without getting hair everywhere.

Dearmeatfordinner has a good video you should watch if you are looking for a better way to skin your deer.  Check out this video.

Where Should Bowhunters Shoot Deer? [Video]

Bowhunters are always debating where is the best place to aim at a deer in different shooting situations.

Deer & Deer Hunting’s Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt talks about where the best place is to shoot a deer in an episode of Deer Talk Now.

In the video, Dan takes a look at the Wraith Broadhead from Bloodsport Archery also.

Hunter Misses His Mark, Shoots Buck in Antler [VIDEO]

As hunters, we’ve all made a bad shot on an animal. If you hunt long enough, it’s bound to happen. Every hunter misses eventually.

When it does happen, all we can hope for is to recover the animal, or that the wound was not life-threatening. We hate to do it, and for most of us, it’s a rare occurrence.

Mistakes are made for a number of reasons. The animal might have moved, the arrow or bullet may have hit an object in flight, buck fever… the list is endless.

I couldn’t even guess as to why this hunter missed, but I can tell you it was not a fatal injury. You can tell that the targeted buck was not happy, as he stares down the hunter. I wonder what was going through the hunter and the deer’s mind after this shot.

Hanging A Deer. Is There A Right or Wrong Way?

Hunters all have their favirite wsy of doing things. Once they get accustomed to doing something a certain way, they’re not an easy group to change.
Even when it comes to hanging a deer.

This is true whether you’re talking about their hunting tactics or the ways in which they process their deer.

To hang a deer by its head or back feet? It’s a question that has had hunters arguing for ages.

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Now, Outdoor Life addresses the pros and cons.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, but what about a deer? A small minority of deer hunters get all their skinning and butchering work done at ground level, but the rest of us usually opt for a solid meat pole where we can hang our deer, tell lies, and sip a beverage while meat is made. But before the venison flag is raised, first you need to decide how to hang the deer. Is it better to hang the deer with its head up or hindquarters up? [continued]

Muzzy Offers Complete Arrow and Bolt Packages

For more than 30 years Muzzy has been known for their superior line of broadheads.  Now Muzzy is offering complete arrow and bolt packages ready for the field.

Rage Broadheads did something similar recently with great results.

Muzzy Outdoors, the makers of the world’s number-one selling fixed-blade broadhead, has partnered with Gold Tip to offer ready-to-shoot Muzzy “Bad to the Bone” Arrow package. This new package allows archers to spend more time in the field hunting and less time setting up their bows.

The new “Bad to the Bone” Arrow package combines Gold Tip’s popular pre-fletched and nocked .340 carbon arrows with the bone-crushing Muzzy 3-blade 225 100 grain-broadhead. The arrows are pre-cut to 29.5 inches to fit most archer’s bow setups and have a straightness of  ± .006 inch and weight tolerance of ± 2.0 grain. The hardened-steel Trocar tip on the Muzzy 225, cuts on contact and shatters bone, providing maximum penetration. The aluminum ferrule is precision machined and the blades are precisely oriented for maximum arrow flight stability and to minimize planing.

Designed for draw weights up to 70 lbs., the Muzzy “Bad to the Bone” Arrow package comes with three fletched and nocked arrows, three Muzzy 225 broadheads and three 100-grain field points. The package is available at retailers nationwide and conveniently online atwww.muzzy.comfor a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Founded in 1984, Muzzy is the number-one name in fixed-blade broadheads, and it is a pioneer in the art of bowfishing. A division of FeraDyne Outdoors, Muzzy is headquartered in Superior, Wis. For more information on the full line of Muzzy’s fixed-blade broadheads and state-of-the-art bowfishing equipment, contact Muzzy Outdoors, LLC, 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 866-387-9307; or

Don’t worry, Muzzy also has crossbow hunters covered too.

Muzzy Outdoors, the makers of the world’s number-one selling fixed-blade broadhead, has taken the guesswork out of setting up a crossbow for both practice and hunting by combining a super durable bolt, with a universal nock system and a bone-crushing broadhead.

The Muzzy “Bad to the Bone” Bolt package features the Muzzy 225 Crossbow 3-Blade, 100-grain broadhead that is designed with an aircraft-grade aluminum ferrule, stainless steel blades and the legendary bone-busting Trocar tip. The ferrule is designed to perfectly match the diameter of the bolt for increased accuracy and penetration. Each bolt comes pre-fletched and is compatible with either Omni or Half-Moon nocks.

The new Muzzy “Bad to Bone” bolt package comes with three Victory bolts—in either 20- or 22-inch lengths—three Muzzy 225X 100-grain broadheads, three field points, three Omni nocks and three Half-Moon nocks. This ready-to-shoot bolt package is available at retailers nationwide and conveniently online at for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

TruGlo Introduces Their Line of New Titanium Broadheads

TruGlo is known for their bowhunting accessories like sights, rest and more. Now they are in the broadhead market.

Pure Instinct Hunting has more information on these state of the art broadheads.

TRUGLO, Inc. introduces the all new TitaniumX family of performance broadheads for 2017.  These mechanical and fixed-blade broadheads are available in for both compound bows and crossbows in several blade configurations.

Precision broadheads for hunters, by hunters. TITANIUM X™ broadheads are spin tested and sharpness tested to ensure ultimate performance and quick kills.  A CNC-machined titanium ferrule provides the unwavering strength and consistency needed to fly like a field point and punch through bone.  The TRU•CUT™ titanium tip slices hide and flesh immediately upon impact and the tough stainless steel blades cut a devastating wound channel for maximum blood loss and easier tracking. [Continued]

How to Find Hunting Land for Next Season

From the East Coast to the West Coast, and all points in between, hunters are finding “No trespassing” signs going up on the best whitetail hunting grounds. Just because woods have been “posted” does not mean we cannot hunt them. “No trespassing” signs simply mean that we must ask permission before we hunt.  It might even be easier than you think to find hunting land.

It’s not uncommon that the behavior from past hunters has given the landowner a negative opinion of hunter and hunting.

Because of his lack of hunting knowledge, he has a neutral opinion about hunters and their passion. Whatever the case, it is your job to give the landowner a positive opinion about yourself.

Asking well in advance of deer season and being polite will go far in securing unpressured hunting grounds. When you approach a landowner, first impressions are important. Put on clean clothes, shake the landowner’s hand, and do not use profanity.

Respect — that’s first and foremost when you are interacting with landowners.

Below are seven more tips that will help you obtain permission to hunt on posted land. As a landowner, I’ve had all type knock on my door asking for permission to hunt my ground. Some were granted permission, others not. Follow these tips and you’ll likely get what you’re looking for.

1) REPORT YOUR EXPERIENCE: Let the landowner know your hunting history. Landowners feel more comfortable allowing a safe and responsible hunter on his property than one who is not. If you have taken a hunter education course, let it be known. Don’t hesitate to say that you are a safe, responsible, and ethical hunter. If it’s true, it’s not bragging.

2) LOOK IN THE RIGHT PLACES: Look for areas where deer populations are causing problems. CWD, Lyme disease, suburban areas with high rates of deer-vehicle accidents, and farmers that are experiencing crop damage as a result of whitetails — these are all good places to look. Many people with problem deer in their area, more often than not, will be more than happy to have a few deer killed off their property each fall. UPS drivers, FedEx drivers, U.S. mail carriers, and school bus drivers are all good people to question about deer hunting possibilities. They travel rural roads and talk with landowners on a daily basis.

3) GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION: Give the landowner a business card or an index card with your contact information. Include your vehicle description and the tag number of your vehicle. This will allow the landowner to feel safe should any problems arise.

4) LET YOUR INTENTIONS BE KNOWN: You’ll be more likely to obtain permission if the landowner realizes your harvest will provide your family with many healthy meals. If you plan to donate your kill to a program such as Farmer and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (, or any one of the local charities that are in your area, say so. Charity goes far in the hearts and minds of others. If possible, take a child with you when you seek permission. It is hard to turn down a child.

5) DO NOT STOP AT NO: This does not mean that you harass a landowner till you get the answer you want. If you are told no, thank the landowner for his or her time and move on to the next landowner. Eventually you will receive permission.

6) BE COURTEUOUS: Do not leave trash behind at your hunting or parking site. An empty bottle of cover-up spray does not look attractive on the ground. Close all gates that you open. Nobody wants to spend their afternoon trying to round up livestock because someone left a gate open. As far as I’m concerned, this next one is a big one. Do not take other hunters with you to hunt who do not have permission. When you secure permission to hunt, you are getting permission for yourself, not all of your buddies. Nothing will get you removed faster than bringing a whole platoon of hunters with you who did not obtain permission.

7) FOLLOW UP: when the season is over, share a couple of packages of venison with the landowner. Homemade cookies are liked by almost everyone. Send a thank-you note or a Christmas card. All of these little things will let the landowner know that you appreciate the opportunity to hunt. Hopefully, all of these gestures will go far in securing permission to hunt prime ground for many years to come.

One final thought about secure hunting ground: Do not take it for granted that you will be allowed to hunt the next season. As long as you abide by the landowners wishes, hunting should not be a problem the following year, unless there have been some changes (such as a change of ownership or a family member who wants to hunt). No matter how much of a sure thing you think you have, always ask permission from one year to the next.