How long ?

Submitted by Lance on 3/17/01. ( )

Can someone help me? i've got a cape that is salt dried and I need to know how long this will keep in this state ?
Thanks, Lance!

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A long time

This response submitted by Todd on 3/17/01. ( )

as long as it was done right you can leave it like that for years.

Depends on what species.

This response submitted by The Taxidermologist on 3/18/01. ( )

You neglected to specify the species. A bear cape containing a large quantity of fat within the hide would begin to break down chemically after a while and the fatty acids would break down the hide. Sulfur is found in some of the fatty acid chains and as it breaks down it will create sulfuric acid, essentially ruining the hide (acid burn). If you wish the hide to last for years before using it, send it to a tannery now and store in a cool area, ideally refrigerated storage.
Or, if you place the hide in your car, drive a bit, it will no longer be in "this state."


This response submitted by lance on 3/18/01. ( )

It is a deer cape (early season) still in velvet
Sorry for the misunderstanding!
Thanks, Lance

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