Deer Hide Project


Almost Self-Reliant
Dec 7, 2015
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(Wanted to post this over here- just wrote this up on my journal on BYH but wanted to share here too!)

Part of our goal is to be more self-sufficient by using material already around us. To make a long story short, we've recently ended up with scrap parts from a field dressed deer (not one we've killed, as we are waiting to make a plot next year). I've already harvested sinew from the back parts of the legs, but wanted to share something else kind of interesting. So out of these scraps, we got about half of the hide. I stretched it, then later tanned it. It did not turn out as well as I hoped, BUT..I've managed to make something cool already.

I still have enough hide for about 2 more pouches and even a homemade cat toy. But my first project today was making a pouch for my .410 shotgun shells. I have an old hunting vest I used to keep them in, but they would all fall out every time I leaned over to get a squirrel. SO...I figured I would put this hide to use and sew it up with some twine and make a little belt for it from some scrap leather. Here is what the finished product looks like!

Photo 1 (left) is of the hide while I was working it. Photo 2 (center) shows it while I am wearing it, with a little stick whittled down to keep it closed. Photo 3 (right) is the bag hanging on my hide breaking stick. This is my first attempt at really making anything with a hide so far, and it's crude but useful!
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Sustainability Master
Nov 13, 2010
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East Texas
Useful works! I'd say you did a good job of taking something that was given to you and making something useful for yourself. And it's cool looking too!