Fur Handling & Hide Care


Presenting and Selling Your Fur

On the Carcass

“On the carcass”  means selling the whole animal without any type of skinning.  Taking good care of your carcass animals after harvest is very important, and will result in measurably higher averages over the season.

Heat, sunlight, and plastic bags are your enemies. As soon as you get home clean up your animals. Brush out any blood, mud, or dirt.  Your local dollar store is a good place to find inexpensive hair brushes, and they do a fine job.

Using cord, twine, or bailing wire, hang your animals up by the back feet.  Hang them in an unheated outbuilding, old barn/chicken coop/car port/ etc., even the north side of your garage will work.  Just make sure no direct sunlight can hit them, and they have good air circulation.


Green Skinned

Also known as  “In the Grease”  green skinned refers to pelts that are just skinned without any other fleshing or stretching.   After skinning turn the pelt fur side out and freeze flat for short term storage (1 to 3 months).

Don’t over load your freezer, freeze one layer at a time.  Too many layers of fur placed in the freezer at one time can insulate each other and result in the middle layers spoiling.  (please do not roll your furs or place in plastic bags).  It is acceptable to  bring  your fur to us frozen.


Finished Fur

“Finished”  fur refers to furs skinned, fleshed, stretched and dried to the  accepted industry dimensions.  There are numerous sources of information on the proper methods for finishing your fur.  All most all of them show and describe the methods in a much better manner than is possible here.   If you have further questions please feel free to call and ask.

Hands on experience is the best way to learn. If you can find an established fur harvester in your region  or attend your local fur harvesters convention you will shorten your learning process considerably.

Join your State Trappers Association.  Not only do they need your voting power, but also  have a convention every year. There’s always someone putting on a fur handling demonstration at these conventions.  You can ask  questions and see exactly what you’ve been reading about. These are friendly, informal, and designed specifically  for newcomers to the industry.

Heat, sunlight, and plastic bags ruin your fur. 
Freezers,  shade, and good air circulation saves your fur.

For questions, or info, please call

Greg Petska

Deer Hides

Greg Petska

When it comes to deer hides  there’s no glory,  no glamor, but they’re  always worth a few dollars.

Petska Fur is  happy to trade gloves or cash for your deer hides.

The best way to present your deer hides is in one of  three conditions: salted, frozen, or fresh.

Salted is preferred, and we pay $1 dollar extra for salted hides. Salted means a liberal coating of fine salt. Ask for “Stock” or “Mix”  salt at your local feed store or Tractor Supply type store. This is a finer grain than the typical rock salt. Work it in good, and make sure you get it covered all the way out to the edges.  Shake the excess off when you get ready to go to the fur buyer and save this excess for the next time.

Frozen is also good, fold them skin side in and roll them up.  If they thaw on the way  to the fur stop that’s no problem.

Fresh is just fine, if you skin your deer a couple days before the the fur buyer gets there, fold it skin to skin, and keep in the shade. Cool and well ventilated is the key.  Don’t let the skin side dry out.

Please call for pricing on large collections.
We also take in beef hides, buffalo hides, and other ungulates. Call to check on these prices.
Greg Petska 308-750-0700

***Deer Hides with the following issues will be heavily discounted, if not rejected.

Stinky rotting Skins.
Skins that appear to have  been skinned with a riding lawn mower.
Skins with heads, and legs still attached.

The most important thing to remember when selling or trading your deer hides is to keep them fresh and pliable.
Fur buyers can’t use them if they are hard little dried out rocks of rawhide.
Your local fur buyer  can’t use them if they are green, slimy, stinky messes.
Your fur buyer can’t use them if they still have heads, and or legs attached.


Petska Fur

Mailing Address: 317 S. 14th St., Ord, NE  68862

Petska Fur buys raw fur, antlers, deer and elk hides at hundred of locations throughout the middle and western United States. We also sell specimens for taxidermy purposes and a variety of skulls. Our main office is located in Ord, Nebraska. We also have a satellite store located in Alliance, NE.

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