Tips for selecting deer hair

Hide chart - Selecting hair from the right part of the hide

Hide chart
Hair textures
Hair types

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This drawing shows where to find different hair types on the hide of a Whitetail deer harvested after the directions described in the introduction to this article.

Northern woodland whitetail deer
Harvested during November-January

  1. Mask (1)
    - short, medium texture, marginal for caddis, Comparaduns.
  2. Spinal cord area (2)
    - fine texture, fairly long. For wings.
  3. Body (3)
    - medium length, usually coarse to medium texture. Good for spinning medium to small bass bugs, also useful for Madame X, hopper patterns and others where floatability is required.
  4. Rump and belly (4)
    - long coarse hair ideal for spinning large bass bugs, mice etc. White belly hair excellent for dyeing.
  5. Legs (5)
    - short, fine textured hair. Good for small Wulff patterns, small caddis
  6. Bucktail (6)
    - Ideal for streamers, trolling flies, Lefty's Deceivers

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User comments
From: Lane · rbyers22·at·  Link
Submitted May 10th 2010

I would like to sell deer hair, but have no idea what it is worth or how to go about it. Any ideas?

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