Season’s Greetings . . . . . and stuff


Originally sent to our newsletter subscribers. It’s hard to believe we are 2 weeks from Christmas!  Where has the time gone since our last newsletter.  Honestly, the plan was to have a newsletter out to all of you at the beginning of December, but we have been crazy busy.  For a year that has had […]

What Makes a Buffalo Hide the Perfect Accessory for Your Home?

When it comes to choosing the perfect accessory for your home, what do you think of?  An elegant lamp, perhaps, or a tasteful piece of art. Even a new vintage side table or super comfortable chair. When picking a new accessory for your home, your mind might not immediately jump to buffalo hide…but perhaps it […]

How To Care For and Protect Your Natural Fur Rug


A fur rug centerpiece is one of the most striking and attractive ways to add a rustic touch to your home. Plus, nothing beats the feeling of bare feet on a fur rug! Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer looking to match up your home decor to your passion, or a city dweller looking for a […]

4 Best Rustic Accessories For Your Home Decor (That Are Comfy Too)

There’s no denying that the natural world is pretty impressive. Soaring mountains, great plains, serene forests, there’s an incredible amount of charm to the great outdoors. But you don’t have to step outside to enjoy nature. You can add a slice of the outdoors to your home too.  Rustic accessories are a brilliant way to […]

Visit Us at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2020

We’ve brought our world famous Buffalo Hides, Fur Coats, Buffalo beards, and more fur and leather accessories to Sturgis, South Dakota for this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. If you’re in the area, visit our booth at the Crossroads at the Buffalo Chip. We’re installing Sheepskin Seat Covers here at the booth! Plus, we have a […]

Jackson Crawford: Author of The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes


Jackson Crawford met Merlin and Barb in 2014 when he was working at a museum in nearby Riverton, Wyoming. In the years since, changing jobs have kept him moving around the country, but he’s always had a special place in his heart for central Wyoming and keeps coming back to check on the buffalo and […]

Buffalo Hide Grades

When buying American buffalo or bison hides for the first time, it can be hard to tell what type of hide is best for what you want. We have hides for robes, rugs, and for material used for crafts. But which is best for you? We’re here to explain a few basic concepts so that […]

Is it a Buffalo or Bison — What’s the Difference?

Buffalo and Bison The terms ‘buffalo’ and ‘bison’ are obviously very common in this business. They’re used so often, and sometimes interchangeably, that the average person might not know the distinction. There are very important differences between them that the consumer needs to know. Explorers of North America often encountered animals they had never seen […]

It’s All In The Details: Why does Hollywood Love Our Fur Coats?

There’s an old saying that goes “if you want it done right, do it yourself!” Truer words have never been spoken when it comes to Merlin’s Hide Out. After all, the business got started when Merlin decided he’d rather make his own beaver gators, rather than simply purchasing them from someone else. Since 1999, Merlin’s […]

C.J. Box Visits Merlin’s Hide Out

C.J. Box with Merlin at Merlin's Hide Out

We had the privilege to have author C. J. Box – #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels including the Joe Pickett series – stopped by our showroom. He was with the WY Office of Tourism Board of Directors. Merlin gave the board a tour of our facility and explained the process of tanning and […]

Authentic American Buffalo Hides

Brown buffalo wool and fur. Soft and plush.

The fur trade started in the 1500’s and continues to this day. With 90% of the fur trade now being done overseas, we have chosen to do our fur trading here in good old USA. For instance let take our buffalo robes. Wikipedia defines buffalo robe as: A buffalo robe is a cured buffalo hide, with the […]