freezer burned bear

Submitted by Gina on 1/25/06 at 3:34 PM. ( )

I have someone who wants me to do his bear, but the animal was harvested 3 years ago. He said he stretched it out, salted it and hosed it down then rolled it up and froze it. He said that he hung it for 3 days, salting it a little at a time. I think he used iodized salt. I havent seen the bear yet, bt was wondering if it was freezer burned and if it is, what should I do about it? Its a blonde blackbear, so its quite special to him.

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WAs it fleshed?

This response submitted by Mike on 1/25/06 at 4:06 PM. ( )

and even if it was, it sounds like a recipe for disaster. I could be wrong because I have never taken one in that was treated this way, but getting a hide wet, salting it and then freezing it would in my opinion be very bad. SAlt will prevent the hide from freezing, and if it was wet too, it probably took forever, if indeed it ever did, freeze. If freezer burn is the only problem, areas that are dry can be rehydrated, like the eyelids, nose and ears. But my guess from your description is that the hide will be in bad shape and I would make absolutely no guarantees that it can be saved. ASk Glen Conley, maybe he has a vat of STop Rot! Good LUck.

Didn't you post this a few days ago.....

This response submitted by Mary 's Wholesale Rugmaking on 1/25/06 at 5:32 PM. ( )

...and quite a few of us told you to run from this one!?!?

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