Leathers and Furs: Preserving Animal Hides

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In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, our guests discuss preserving animal hides for use. In Part 1 we discuss keeping the fur-on process. In Part 2 we continue the conversation to discuss the fur-off method of preserving the hide.

Caleb Regan, Editor in Chief of Grit magazine is a sports and outdoors enthusiast who has been researching to preserve his first hide this fall. Not only did he share his passion with us on this podcast, but he was also happy to be sending Grit’s Guide to Guns, Knives, and More to print.


Dennis Biswell fishing.

Dennis Biswell has been tanning skins for more than 20 years.  He specializes in wild animal hides such as deer, coyote, bobcat, raccoon and beaver. However, the techniques he uses also work with domestic animals like goats and rabbits.

Dennis has been a part of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS team for 36 years and in 2015 he started sharing his expertise with our fair audience.  Dennis has had articles published in mother earth news and grit magazines.

Kellsey Trimble, Managing Editor of Grit, considers herself a novice hunter and was eager to learn more about how she may put a whole animal to use and provide for herself and her family in a self-sufficient manner.

Additional Resources

How to Tan a Deer Hide

Roadkill: Collecting Animal Fur the Humane Way

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hunting Licenses By State

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Carla Tilghman and Jessica Mitchell
Interview by Charlotte French

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