Well I bet I'm the first one here who has ever done this. I recently caped and fleshed a whitetail and in my inattention, ended up turning the lips, nose and ears but missed the eyelids. The hide has been salted for a few days with no noticable problems. Can the lids be turned when the hide is rehydrated before pickling? What is the likely hood of losing hair or dermis around the eyes because of this? Thanks.
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Pick it up, slit the lids across, and open them babies up. Count your blessings! And dont get lazy! hahaha
I've had stuff come in that way, mostly African, but some North American too. Usually prepared by a guide, who "knew what he was doing". They all came back from the tanner with little or no problems and I did the splitting after the tanning.
this area is thin enough, that the salt penetrates.