Just wondering if one of you could tell me what you do with the frozen boar capes (with the skull still in). IE - let them sit out to thaw or thaw in the refridgerator.
The ones i get in are usually brought in with the shoulder skin folded up and under the throat resulting in a large frozen mass.
They seem to take forever to thaw enough just to open the shoulder skin let alone cape the head and even longer if i thaw them in the refigerator.
I usually start caping as soon as i can manipulite the skin a little but usually get stopped dead at the area just behind the back of the ears, (on frozen boars only), resulting in me making a relief cut which i hate to do on boars.
I also work on the mouth while i wait for the rest to thaw and i coat the softening ears in vinegar & salt. (touch wood i havnt had a slipped boar ear yet)
I made a caping pole/stake like Evelyns but as most clients here want the real jaws/tusks used (wont go into that!), i dont use it in case i damage the teeth.
I'd really like to know how you guys go about it.
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They take up too much room in the freezer. I like to get things moving along quickly. Going in and out of freezers and refrigerators causes problems. Repetitive handling wastes time.
I leave them out when the customer drops them off and thaw them out over night on the shop floor. I found that they are not quite as prone to hair slippage as a deer would be. Also Sam, go to hidetanning.net and read my article on the impaler. You may find it very helpful in skinning those boar heads without having to make another incision. Let me know what you think.
Yes Rick i hate frozen heads but thats how i get most of them from hunters, i dont freeze them myself for the same reasons you mentioned.
Evelyn, yes your impaler thingy - thats what i was talking about in my first post. Great idea - i did make one maybe i can put something soft over the end to protect those teeth.
I am starting to think i should charge extra for using the real teeth - its a damn nusiance - then again, i mention reproduction jawsets and my clients cringe and say - no way.
When i get the frozen ones in i usually sit up all night with the things. Maybe thats my problem - i should just go to bed and stop worrying? lol.
*I keep telling myself -its a pig - its tough - it will be ok - but.........*