Drying Temperatures?

Submitted by Steve Collins on 02/10/2004. ( bondzo@hotmail.com )

I was just wondering what would be a good drying temperature for mounts so that you get minimal shrinkage. I have noticed that If a room is relativly warm you get more shrinkage especially around the eyes. Does bagging the deer as its drying help with shrinkage?
Any thoughts appreciated.

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Just my thoughts

This response submitted by Matt on 02/10/2004. ( )

My shop is set on 63 degrees and my mounts might take a little longer to dry. But I don't have problems with shrinkage or things moving around that you don't want to. Turning up the heat just to dry something faster is asking for more problems you don't need. If you like to keep your shop warmer then you could bag your mounts and check them daily until set up is complete. Good luck.

I keep my drying room

This response submitted by Tenbears on 02/11/2004. ( )

at 72 through out the day. and 60 at night. it takes about 3 weeks for a mount to dry, but I never have problems with shrinkage.

my dring time

This response submitted by terryr on 02/11/2004. ( )

i dry my in the shop without any heat (25-30 degrees) with a fan blwoing on mount for one week - after that bring into room temp - takes two weeks to dry

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