Thawing a deer head

Submitted by Ron on 12/28/99. ( )

I know that thawing deer capes was discussed recently, but what about deer heads when taken out of the freezer. Is it o.k. to let it sit there for 12 to 24 hrs. to thaw? Would it be better to soak it in a tub of water?

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never add water to this equation

This response submitted by Craig Rusin on 12/28/99. ( )

If you have a refrigerator big enough place it in there until thawed. Keep checking the head and skin as soon as possible.

Never use water or a heat source. These two things, especially in combination, will spell disaster by promoting bacteria growth and hair slippage.

wrap it up

This response submitted by Eddie B. on 12/29/99. ( )

Ron, I usually hang a deer head for thawing over a pan or tub. I wrap a cold wet cloth or small towel around the "face" (eyes, muzzle and nose area) to keep these areas from drying out while the thick neck area is thawing. This cloth will usually absorb blood from the mouth and nose area so I will rinse it out and reapply it as needed until the head is ready to cape out. I hope this will help. Eddie B.

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