My wife has shot enough animals and skinned and gutted and packed em out of the woods that I can just barely relate to this thread, but I can! With few exceptions my fishing buddies are married to women who are some what less outdoorsy than Dame "D" (my loving spouse). Those Evergreen graduates are a spicy lot , of which she is one.
Its a simple matter of education be careful and be informative do not make up white lies just tell it like it is you might be suprised by the outcome. Obfuscation regarding dead animal skins is playing into the hands of those who would stop us from our heritage. (PETA etc)
God I love leather, jackets, upholstery, belts, fly reel cases. Did I mention shoes?