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 […]