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Questionable deer cape

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by RandyB423, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. Would like some input on a hide that might slip. First off I powerwash all my deer hides then salt them for 24hrs then put in pickle. Had a man tell me that I should go straight to pickle instead of salting them. I can't make myself do that because I have never had any problem with my hides.
    But I am questioning myself on this one hide that just didn't feel right. No hair is slipping. Would like your thoughts. Thanks in advance for your time.
     
  2. I would just do exactly what you have been doing all along. I would not go straight to the pickle, but i have never tried it either.
     

  3. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Salting removes liquids from the skin and makes it "thirsty" for the pickling solution and helps set the hair in place. I don't think you'll find very many who tan with a process that uses pickling that do not salt the hide first. Keep doing what you're doing.