How to Tan a Coyote Hide: Guide & Tips

If you have been hunting coyotes for a while or you are just starting out, at some point you get a coyote with the best hide in terms of color skin and you feel like keeping it for yourself.

This is what calls for tanning of the coyote hide to ensure that it sticks around for longer. The question most people ask themselves is whether to get it done by another professional or do it at home with ease.

Yes, it is possible to do tanning at home without having to take the hide to a professional. We get to look at the process on how to tan a coyote hide below.

coyote hide

What you’ll need

  • Pickling salt non-iodized
  • Bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Cold water
  • Baking soda
  • Tanning oil

Steps by Steps Tan a Coyote Hide

1. Get a fresh hide

The first will be skinning the coyote to end up with a fresh hide. With the hide available, you need to pelt it out with the flesh side facing upwards. Proceed to salt it with canning salt non-iodized.

Leave it over night in this position as this helps in helping set the hair on the hide and prevent any cases of spoilage. If the hide is already starting to get spoilt, then the fur is likely to keep falling even if you get to use more salt.

2. Wash the hide

After spending a night with the salt, you now need to wash it before you can apply tan to the hide. Wash the hide in a bucket with dish soap to remove all the dirt that might be in the fur.

You have to rinse the hide several times to get it clean. Keep rinsing until you get clear water each time you get to immerse the hide into the water.

In the end, you should now have clean fur on the hide and smells also good. Let it dry in a cool place out of the sun for half an hour.

3. Mix up the tan

You can now focus on preparing your tan. The chemicals that are used today for tanning are seen to be economically friends than those used in the past.

You will need

  • 5 gal. bucket,
  • 2 gals. of cold water,
  • 4 lbs. of canning salt,
  • 2 gals. of white vinegar.

You can now make a solution by mixing all these parts. Achieve a good solution by using a broom handle or something that would make stirring easier.

4. Immerse the hide in the solution

With the solution ready, proceed to immerse the coyote hide in it and it around making sure that all the parts of the hide are submerged. Leave the pelt in the solution for 3 days, but still stirring several times per day.

On the third day, check the pelt to see if the hide is ready. You do this by pressing your thumbnail into the hide on the flesh side. If the indentation will stay, then it is ready for the next step.

5. Neutralize the hide

This step involves rinsing the hide in cold water for about 5 minutes. With the rinsing done, hang the hide out for about half an hour.

With the hide draining outside, proceed to add a cup of baking soda into the tan solution to neutralize it. If the solution stops foaming after the addition of baking soda, you can now discard the whole of it and wash the bucket.

You have to form a new solution by mixing 12 oz. of baking soda and 4 gals. of cold water. With the solution ready, take the rinsed coyote hide and add it to the solution. Slosh it around for about 20 minutes to help neutralize the acid still in the hide.

6. Rinse and hang to dry

After 20 minutes, remove the hide from the solution and rinse it in cold water. Proceed to hang it to dry but not in directly in the sun.

7. Add tanning oil

With the hide having drained the excess water, it is time to apply tanning oil to the flesh side. You can easily get the tanning oil in most shops dealing with leather care. With the hide covered in the tanning oil, give it a couple of hours for the oil to soak in. You should let the hide dry and just like that you are done with the process of how to tan a coyote hide.


As you can see from above, the overall process is not hard. You will always end up with the best-tanned coyote hide in a couple of days. Always make sure to follow the instructions when preparing the solutions for tanning so that you can get it right.

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