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Submitted by charley on 3/6/01. ( )

when fleshing capes for salt drying, is the flesh around the eyes and mouth removed and if sohow in such a thin area. or will the salt dry this area as is until later in the process?

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This response submitted by Gerard Tessier on 3/6/01. ( )

Hi Charley,

I probably will surprise many taxidermists with this answer but it has
worked for me for the last thirthy years. After skinning and turning
the lips, nostrils and eyes,I simply salt. Keep the skins in a cool
shed until you are ready to soak in a pickel. Beeing in a cold climate
surely helps, but why do extra work when you are swampt in the fall?

Belive it or not, it's much easier to flesh a cape with a lot of scrap
than to try to remouve just a little. Don't take my word for it, try it
on the back end of a deer or a scrap cape. I must admit that I add a
half pound of alum to ten gallons of pickle to protect from hair

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