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Molted/shed moose hair

Maybe a stupid question, but I don't know much about deer and moose hair for tying.

My daughter and I were walking in the forest yesterday and found a moose bed, and the moose has started her winter molt. I read that when they shed this much hair in one place, it could also be due to winter ticks. Whatever the case, there's a lot of hair in one place, and almost all of it is fairly long.

Would this hair be any good for tying flies or is it not worth the trouble? Photos attached of the shed hair we found in her bed and also a close-up of an average clump of hair from this bed.

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In my opinion, I don't think it is worth the aggravation.

You need to place the hair in a ziplok bag in the freezer. Wait 72hrs (min) and remove and wash with a medium-hot water and mild soap/laundry detergent. Then rinse very well and let air dry.
When the hair is off the pelt and loose, it will be okay for just spinning, however not consistent. Again, it is okay for some tyers, but not others. For wings, you would have to pick out each hair strand and align the tips ... would take along time with loose hair


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I know that moose hair isn't uniform from all parts of their body, but that looks more like caribou to me.
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In my opinion, I don't think it is worth the aggravation.

You need to place the hair in a ziplok bag in the freezer. Wait 72hrs (min) and remove and wash with a medium-hot water and mild soap/laundry detergent. Then rinse very well and let air dry.
When the hair is off the pelt and loose, it will be okay for just spinning, however not consistent. Again, it is okay for some tyers, but not others. For wings, you would have to pick out each hair strand and align the tips ... would take along time with loose hair <img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/hihi.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Hihi" class="inlineimg" />


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I had a feeling that was the answer. Thanks for your input, Mike!

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I know that moose hair isn't uniform from all parts of their body, but that looks more like caribou to me.
No caribou in these parts, I live in SW Montana. Plus, I saw a cow moose in this spot about 10 days ago, only about 400-500 yards behind my house. If I hadn’t seen her there, I would have wondered if it’s moose, too, I’ll admit - seems lighter colored than I would have expected. She looked pretty dark when I saw her a week and a half ago, but she jumped up and ran off from this exact spot. Plus, moose poop is all over the place not far from this bed. My daughter, who is 7, had fun looking around. I made sure the moose was nowhere to be seen, don’t want to tangle with one!

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there is a type of hair Moose that will be worth your time and is very hard to come by and I don't know which part of the body comes from is about a inch to 1/2 inch long and very thick at the base is the stuff to tie skating muddlers, grease liners ,october caddies and such . I will take a second look to that pile...
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Yes, that much hair loss might be from ticks or something else.

I am an inveterate collector - besides the stuff that came in the kit that I hadn't opened yet, my first "real" fly-tying material was obtained by hacking chunks off a road-killed moose - but I would probably pass that by.

If you do decide to keep it I would follow Mike's advice, but would also suggest wearing gloves, freezing for 2 weeks in a very cold freezer (not a fridge top) instead of 3 days, and maybe freezing again after the wash and a very thorough drying (freezing wet hair is not recommended).
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