Cape not drying out

Submitted by ferd on 9/20/04 at 10:19 PM. ( )

shot a deer on sept 9th. caped it the next day and turned the lips eyes ect. I have been salting for over a week now and it still is barely getting dried out and hard. what would be causing this and what would the remedy be. I have never encountered this before.


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This response submitted by Jeff S. on 9/20/04 at 10:29 PM. ( )

Ferd or Fred?,
Try using a fan,better yet if you have a dehumidifer try that it will make a world of difference,good luck!

i agree

This response submitted by matt on 9/20/04 at 11:15 PM. ( )

do both fan and dehumidifier should see quick results, however, did you resalt at all within 24 hours shake off wet salt and put new salt on? did you remove most of the meat and membrane before salting?


This response submitted by Mr. T on 9/20/04 at 11:32 PM. ( )

Right you are Jeff; yes the humidity in the air will make the salt wet and less affective. Make sure that you use lots of salt up front, as cheap as salt is, pour it on, don't sprinkle, heap it on to wick away the hide juice. Two days of salt is sufficient, and then the fan. But after a week of salt, you will only need the fan to finish the job to dry it out. Try to find a room with no or low humidity though. Ditto on the de-humidifier if you need one.

Salt yes, but

This response submitted by Roger H. on 9/21/04 at 12:03 AM. ( )

Here's one more twist. What kind of salt are you useing? Rock,fine mineral, ?. The above suggestions are fine but, try useing very fine (like table salt) noniodized. Might not need the humidifier, fan, etc. This works superb for me and we have high humidity also. My studio is also A/C'd.



This response submitted by Drew on 9/21/04 at 1:12 AM. ( )

Is your cape elevated so air can get underneath it? I think a pallet works good for getting decent air flow and drainage.

milk crates

This response submitted by Doug on 9/21/04 at 8:12 AM. ( )

I place milk crates on the floor and lay the hides on them , and when your done salting the crates stack up in the corner.also try elavating on one end to help drain of fluid , use at least 10# of salt at a time for a deer cape


This response submitted by Drew on 9/21/04 at 11:42 PM. ( )

Thanks for the tip! Milk crates seem like just the ticket.

why not just krowtann it and quit worrying

This response submitted by terryr on 9/23/04 at 1:21 PM. ( )


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