I have been using dp for a lot of years, but have decided to start using tanned hides. no real reason execpt for trying to improve my mounts if this is infact an inprovement. this is yet to be seen. my question is what process do i go threw. Yes george i did search the orange button. took a few hours to get me totally confused. there is so many diferent ideas there, my little nogen got them all mixed up. can someone give me guidelines to go by to prepare the hides to send out. thanks in advance
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easiest way to go.
You skin, turn & split, rough flesh. Instead of the dp. You salt it down with about 4-6lbs of salt, roll it up and set on an incline. You then repeat after about 24hrs then hang it up to dry after a day or two. When it's just about hard you roll it up, box and ship. It's that simple.
if you roll it up for 24 hours, does it have to be in the frig, or will the salt keep the hide in good condition. do you hang it skin out or in. do you hang it by head side or tail side, or in the middle. then after the couple days when it starts to harden and you roll it again, how long can you wait till you ship it out. thanks again in advance.
No it doesn't need to be in the fridge or freezer at any time during the salting stages. Just needs to be able to drain for the first and second salting. After the second salting the point is to dry the hide as quick as possible. I hang them at the half way point just because it's habbit for me. I have hung them by the nose but ran into problems with rust stains on the nose so I stoped. One thing you should do when hanging them is make sure the flesh side is out. This helps them dry quicker. There is a point for a couple days that the hide is dry but still flexible. This is when you should roll it up. One other thing you may want to do is to put cable ties around the mid section of the ears. This prevents the ears from getting blown out at the tannery. Good luck to ya!