If I am going to dehair a deer hide, do I still need to salt dry it first, or not? It will be used for a soft tanned hide tanned with Lutan F.
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only salt to stop spoilage temporarely.
A lot of times I will have some deer skins that I can't get to until the next spring. To keep them from rotting I'll salt them down and dry them out until I can get around to dehairing them. This probably slows down the dehairing step also, so if you can get to them right away don't salt....Steve
Even if you want to tan them for leather - Flesh and Salt them! However - since you arent interested in saving the epidermis and the hair - after you have drained away most of the unwanted skin's fluids - then you can dehair them. Only Salt dry them for hair-on tanning or for storage purposes - when you want to lime them later.