How much salt to use?

Submitted by MichelleW on 03/16/2004 at 14:00. ( )

How many pounds of salt do you use when salting a deer cape for tanning. I usualy salt my capes for 2 days changing the salt everyday day. I think I use to much salt? Any help would be appreciatted. Thanks a lot. Michellew

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if you think you're using too much

This response submitted by bill on 03/16/2004 at 14:05. ( )

put some more on. it's cheap and you can't go wrong. you'll get a feel of how much you need as you go, but if you are just starting out, salt, salt and salt (then salt some more).


This response submitted by MichelleW on 03/16/2004 at 14:08. ( )

The last cape I salted i used 50lbs of salt? Is that too much or am I ok. MichelleW

that's more

This response submitted by bill on 03/16/2004 at 14:21. ( )

than i would use, but like i said, as cheap as it is you cant go wrong using too much. Much better to err on the side of too much when salting. if i were guessing i'd say i use 15-20 lbs per cape by the time i get it dried hard.

I probly use about

This response submitted by Ron on 03/16/2004 at 14:29. ( )

30 lbs for average size deer cape.

Thanks a lot Bill and Ron

This response submitted by MichelleW on 03/16/2004 at 14:41. ( )

Thanks. MichelleW

Get outa here

This response submitted by George on 03/16/2004 at 14:43. ( )

I'm certainly not the most cost conscious person in the world but THIRTY POUNDS OF SALT ON A DEER? You gotta be kidding. I usually use about 3 pounds of salt on a deer. Salt can only do so much people. After all the water is drawn from a hide, what good does soggy salt do anyone? If you have undissolved salt on your hide the day after your first salting, YOU'RE USING TOO MUCH. When you salt, pour it on and rub it into the hide. All you need is just enough to insure the hide is covered properly. Roll up and let set overnight. Next day, dump any residual and resalt once more. That's about all it ever takes for deer sized animals and I seldom, if ever resalt small game hides. In my opinion, it serves no purpose at all and I've NEVER had a problem because of it.

Thank you George

This response submitted by Michellew on 03/16/2004 at 14:47. ( )

Thank you george for the info. I had a feeling I was using too much salt. MichelleW


This response submitted by bill on 03/16/2004 at 15:01. ( )

thanks George, i honestly have no clue how much i'm using, reality is it's probably between 5-10 lbs. i dump the bags in a bulk bin and scoop it out with a coffee can.


This response submitted by Coyote on 03/16/2004 at 15:23. ( )

I've never measured how much salt I use. But I use enough to cover the whole cape with about a 1/8" of salt. Rub it in good, making sure it getting into all the fold and creases. Let this sit on the cape for a good 24 or 25 hours, and make sure the cape is on an angle to allow the moisture to drain off and away from the cape. I also fold the cape instead of rolling it up. This allows all the moisture to drain. After 24 or 25 hours, Shake off the old salt then resalt with new salt. Leave this salt on until the cape is completely dried.


Dang I must be just trying to start a fight....... LOL

This response submitted by Chris on 03/16/2004 at 19:54. ( )

George are you saying that you have never had any slippage problems on any skin? Salt is darn cheap insurance on a lot of "iffy" skins. A good thin layer of salt will draw the moisture from a skin a lot faster than just rubbing some on the hide. As far as I am concerned more people use far too little salt than too much, and no I am not a salt salesman!


That's what I said Chris

This response submitted by George on 03/16/2004 at 22:27. ( )

It's the pickle that really sets the hair. Salt only stabilizes the skin in my opinion. Fresh hides seldom slip when fleshed properly and salted. Any slippage is usually the fault of poor field care, not burying it in salt.

I agree with that

This response submitted by Chris on 03/17/2004 at 08:55. ( )

I am not saying that a lack of salting causes slippage, only that it can help to stop slippage that is the result of poor field care. I have used the Stop Rot product and I am still debating wether it is more effective than plain ol' salting.



This response submitted by KEEVIN on 03/18/2004 at 15:37. ( )

on what type of tan your useing and if your going to send the cape away or if your going to tan it yourself. In some tans you use alum and it locks hair down good but its harder to neutalize the acids in it and it makes the skin harder. Other tans stay away from Alum and in this case the skin needs to be dried hard to lock hair. You can help your tanner by salting twice and shakeing the salt off the first time in 24 hours to rid bacteria and dripping for an hour and resalting. Not enough salt can cause air drying and when you rehydrate its harder to do that.It also makes it tougher to shave because it doesnt fluff up as well and the stretch doesnt come back as good as it could.

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