Tanning FAQ


Below are answers to the most common fur tanning questions. To get details about shipping your furs to USA FOXX & Furs, read our pelt shipping page.

  1. Do I need to remove the cartilage from the ears of the pelt? 
    No. However, as garment tanners we will not either. As a result the ears will be tanned hard. They still moldable with some rehydration. Removing the cartilage from the ears of your pelt will dry the ear faster and reduce the chance of hair slippage.
  2. What are the differences in your different tanning services? 
    The difference between garment tanning and hoop tanning for beaver is small. It is the same process except for cutting out the leg holes on garment tanning. This allows us to get a slightly closer shave across the tail and even the thick tail leather out to the rest of the skin. Curious of the differences between case tanning and open tanning? Case tanning is not split up the belly and open tanning is.
  3. Are there a minimum number of pelts I must send? 
    No, send 1 to 100. If you're sending a large quantity of fur please email or call us ahead of time.
  4.  What type of pelts do you tan?
     We specialize in tanning mink, beaver, otter, lynx, raccoon, muskrat, coyote, fox, fisher, martin, and bobcat. USA FOXX can tan most everything from rattlesnake to buffalo.
  5. What type of tanning do I get? 
    Garment quality. Your pelts will be soft and supple, ready to be made into a fur garment, fur hat or any other fur product. You have your choice on most furs to tan open or cased (sometimes referred to as in the round, tubed or whole).
  6. What is your standard timeline? 
    You will receive your pelts back after our process is finished. The tentative due dates we put on standard pelts are 3-5 months after you send your fur in. Big game takes a little longer at 6-8 months for tanning.
  7. How will my tanned furs turn out? 
    Your fur will probably look fully primed and well prepared when we receive it. Even when it looks this way, we will not be able to tell how it was handled prior to our receiving the fur. That is why tanning from any tanner, including us, is always done at "owner risk." There are many conditions and potential problems that we have no control over prior to the tanning process.
  8. What info do I include in the box (or boxes)? 
    The easiest way to make a packing slip is to fill out our tanning order form and include that in the box. If you'd rather type or legibly write your info, include this:
    * Your name
    * Your address
    * Your phone number
    * Trapping or hunting license number
    * CITES tag numbers for bobcat, lynx & otter
    * What kind and number of pelts you are sending us
    * What you would like done to them (cased, blued, up-toned, plucked & sheared, etc.)
    * What you would like your pelts made into (coats, hats, mitts, etc.) or tan only and return to you