Drying out salted hides

Submitted by Joe on 5/26/01. ( )

Whats the best way to dry out a hide after it's been fleshed and
salted well. I have a very thick elk hide that I recently salted
and will be shipping to a tannery. Does it need to be totally dry
before I ship it? Thanks for your help-Joe

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Yes and no

This response submitted by Frank Kotula on 5/27/01. ( basswtrout@aol.com )

You should always dry the hide totally before you ship. Only for a couple of reasons:

Shipping is cheaper if the hide is dried out

Also having a hided that is dried sets the and the chances of having any slippage is almost nil. They can't guarantee it but your better off. Plus I do know that some tanneries wait until the hide is dried before they work on it. And if they have to dry it you will be wainting longer before you receive it.

Now to dry it quickly, just take the hide hang it in a cool dry place if you can find one. The next step is to get a fan on it. This will speed up the drying process.

Make sure you change the salt after 24 hours. All you need is a double salting.

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