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rotten hides

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Final85, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Final85

    Final85 New Member

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    So i am new to taxidermy and i have never came by a rotten hide yet, but i am sure in my near future someone will try and give me one. I guess my question will be, what are some of the signs i should be looking for?

    I am guessing smell would be a big one, but does the hide turn color? is that where the term green hide comes from?

    Thanks Everyone!
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    The term green hide is typically used to describe a hide or cape that is skinned but not fleshed or salted. Smell is often the first sign one may notice from a rotten hide. The hair will often times come out in bunches, leaving bald spots. Sometimes a hide or cape won't show any signs until in the tanning process.
     

  3. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

    A rotten suspect skin, will have a nasty hockey gear bag odor, or smell like your gym bag from football practice,,
     
  4. Final85

    Final85 New Member

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    Thanks everyone, just wanted to verify my suspicions
     
  5. Kydeerhunter03

    Kydeerhunter03 New Member

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    Oh I rememebr my first rotten hide :) Guys freezer went out and didnt notice it. Chucks it in a fridge for a week after it had thawed...then takes it to work with him in a cooler of ice then finally makes it back to me. Opened that bag and about died......i had a "green" hide alright....crayon green! It stunk so bad....and some places the hair had begun to slip. The guy begged and begged me to try and save the cape as it was a very sentimental deer to him. I said I can TRY but no promises....Fortunately the shoulder part wasnt AS bad just a basketball sized slip spot i had to cut out and sew up....so I ordered some stop rot and went to town with needle and thread lol I was impressed that it turned out pretty decent!

    You will know a rotten one...believe me!
     
  6. davehyer

    davehyer New Member

    If the hair isn't slipping it can most likely be saved no matter how bad it smells.