after I skin, flesh and salt a deer cape can I freeze it. I intend to only salt for two days or should I salt until rock hard? If I dry it rock hard I would like to be able to fit it in my rehydration tub. Is a 1lb salt/gallon of water rehydration bath sufficient. How long do I leave it in before going in the pickle? Thanks.
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Just salt it and let it dry. When you are ready to work with it the use 1/4 pound of salt per gallon. Remember you have a lot of salt in your hide. Since it is rock hard I would add a little Relax R (1/2 oz per gal) or any other relaxer you may have. Leave in the water till its soft again. Then pickle. Good luck.
try to freeze a salted cape. Salt will not freeze. This will cause the hide to slip 9 times out of 10.
Never freeze a salted hide or cape a deer hide should be tacked to a board to dry salted,and if it is a deer cape not a hide. Then it should be placed on a incline. Next let it drain while its salted in a bucket this way all of the oils will drain out of the skin. This cape or hide will get real dry and the salt will set the hair.
McKenzie catalog says otherwise....that is why I find this tanning so confusing (or am I just misinterpreting it?) Can I receive a cape, freeze it, pull it out and flesh, split and salt and dry hard? Then rehydrate when ready to mount? I may get in 15 deer in one day and don't have time to split flesh and salt all in the same day. What are your suggestions. Thanks.
Just from the way it sounds you don't have a clue what you are doing. In your last statement you say to salt, dry, rehydrate, and mount. What happened to the rest of the process. After the cape is salted dry or not it should be put in the pickle. I rarely let my skins dry rock hard, my thought is 24hrs shake off old salt and resalt for another 24 then straight to the pickle. Never ever had any problems. After 72 hrs in the pickle it should be shaved and put back into the pickle for another 24 hrs. After that it should be neutralized and tanned. It then must be oiled and allowed to dry or frozen. If yoy are getting 15 deer in one day then tag em and freeze em. Work with only what you have time for.
save yourself a lot of time and hassle, salt them dry and ship them to a reputable tannery. If you're just starting out, experiment with practice hides, maybe backskins, until you get it down. Home tanning takes some time to get right. My opinion.
Thank you. John, I understand the process but didn't know if I should freeze prior to splitting and fleshing. I have been doing taxidermy for a while but am new to in house tanning. I was just curious and not clear on salting. I left the pickling and tanning process out because I am asking a question just related to salting. Does salting rock hard have an advantage over just salting 24 hrs? Can I salt and fold the hide ...say in half or thirds instead of laying completely flat if I put on a milk crate or something similar. I know they have to be salted good and let drain, shake and repeat but do they need to lay flat? Thank you in advance for your valueable time.
You are going to hear varying opinions on salting dry. I just don't like letting them dry rock hard. I do it sometimes but it is not my preference. Mr Rittel will tell you different. I have enough freezer space so I don't prefer to salt dry for storage. I live in South Texas and in my little mind the freezer is safer for my skins. I usually take 2 or 3 skins or capes out of the freezer and get them tanned within a week or so. I am a part timer so that's about as fast as I can get them done. 48 hrs salt. 3 days pickle or longer. 1 day shave. 24 hr pickle. and tan.
Thanks John. I appreciate your time and assistance