Calling Sherlock Holmes...

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  1. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    Let's play detective....

    Procured a big bag of hair. After sorting thru the easily identified bucktails and crap, I'm left with these pieces...

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    One (or possibly two) of the following four pieces is definately the odd one out. Can you spot it? Secondly, what would you surmize the other hair is and how would you verify?
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  2. Jeff Dodd

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    Are the three green pieces, front row, top picture - polar bear?

    Oh, BTW- I have my own bag of unidentified hair.... I bet we could play this game for a number of weeks! Your UKN hair looks nicer than mine did :)
     
  3. jersey

    jersey livin' the dream

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    That's a fine collection for some bassin' taps bugs

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  4. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    In the top pic there is only two, possible three, different types of hair. All hair that I think is different are represented in the single photos. So in answer to your question, the green hair front row is much like one or two that are pictured singly.
     
  5. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    White hair is polar bear, fur looks correct and the skin at the base of the hair appears to be black. It's from the wrong part of the bear (if I recall correctly, the back of the neck was the preferred fur location). I would guess it's a scrap left over from a mount.

    The other chunks could be anything, hard to tell when dyed.

    Pink and Purple look like PB as well, should still be black (or have lots of black patches) at the base, even if dyed. The orange looks to dense to be PB, but from the pix the dyed stuff is kind of hard to ID.

    The more I look, the more the pink stuff looks like PB fur (the patch that was used for wings on skunks, etc.)
     
  6. Evan Salmon

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    Front row left to right facing: Liberacci (spelling?), 2 1/2 year old male mule deer, his younger sister, his younger brother, his younger brother dyed yellow, Don King.

    How'd I do?
     
  7. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    Why would you say it is deer hair? What would be the telling characteristic that it is deer hair?
     
  8. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    If the fibers of the dyed materials match the fibers of the white material, it's all PB. Deer fibers will be soft, and feel spongy. They can be kinked when pinched, and the tips can probably be torn off with your finger tips. I bet the white material feels very strong, and not spongy (except for the underfur) at all.

    The Orange does look kind of like some dyed deer belly fur I have.
     
  9. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Looks Squatchy.
     
  10. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Just mail it all to me and I will ID it for you :p
     
  11. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Good point. Sasquatch smells bad, does the fur stink?
     
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  12. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    It smells like a Squatch as well.
     
  13. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Spin up some Squatchzilla's.

     
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  14. Evan Salmon

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    I'm viewing on my phone so I can't zoom in very well, but the yellow stuff looks like it has hollows where it's been cut. It's too fine for elk, hence deer.

    My next guess would have been various characters from Sesame Street, but I didn't realize we were being graded.

    I'll change my guess and go with the majority.... Definetly Squatch!
     
  15. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I like this. I think it will be the next "big ugly"