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Cape in Fridge?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by RichMO, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. RichMO

    RichMO Well-Known Member

    So this may be a dumb question but was wondering on how long can a cape be kept in the fridge...NOT the Freezer... A cape that has been tanned and prepped and then put in the fridge for the next day but how long can you keep a cape in there with out any problems? I've kept one in there for 2 days but is there a time limit???? Would like to know how many days others have had their's in there with no problems... Thanks
  2. BowDeadly

    BowDeadly "LIFE IS GREAT" It's better with a bow

    I had a Carolina Wet Tanned cape fall behind the freezer and found it 2 weeks later. Gave it a quick soak, mounted it the next day and no problems. Other tanneries may have a different result.

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I have let them sit for a week or so with no problems, but I wouldn't recommend over two days.
  4. Slate Run

    Slate Run Member

    I've also had them in the fridge for a week or so with no problems but try to get them done within a couple of days.
  5. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Just mounted that damned bear and it sat in the fridge for 2 weeks. It was done at Carolina and like BowDeadly, "results may differ from tannery to tannery."
  6. rbear

    rbear Well-Known Member

    I left one in the room next to my shop in a plastic bag. Forgot about it. Went in the freezer looking for it with no luck. Remembered where I put it two months later. It mounted fine. Would l recommend you do this? No. I have had them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several weeks without any trouble.
    Next time you mount one take the scraps off the back and put them in a bag then put them in the refrigerator and check on them once a week and see how long it takes before / or if it starts slipping. I think a properly tanned cape will last a lot longer then we are willing to give them.

    TIMBUCK Active Member

    100% depends on how it was tanned.. Results will vary greatly. Any of the paint on tans do not do good in the refrigerator.. Anything more than 2-3 days is asking for slippage..
    Some rehydrated dry tans can be left in the frige for a long time with no issues.. The colder the better though.
  8. Brad Welch

    Brad Welch New Member

    I have had a whitetail slip after being in the fridge for 5 days. When I realized that the form I had for was just too big and decided to order another from RMI, I should have put it back in the freezer. However, looking back I feel like what happened was that I had put it in a quick rinse prior to the first attempt to mount it and the hair side was still very damp when I rolled it up and bagged it to put it in the fridge. I feel that the access water I didn't towel dry out before letting it sit in the fridge for 5 days is what caused the slippage. I haven't had this happen again since, but I also haven't let another one sit more than a day or two in the fridge.