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Pronghorn Fleshing

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by jason.fairbanks, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. jason.fairbanks

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    I don't get many pronghorn in thankfully. Two capes this year that the hair was literally falling out after thawed. Both stunk right away. I fleshed the hides as delicately as I could. Neither cape is fit for mounting since gobs of hair fell out. I was on this hunt....24 degrees at the time of harvest and in the freezer 4 hours later. Whats going on?
     
  2. 3bears

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    Did you use a fleshing beam by chance?
     

  3. jason.fairbanks

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    Yeah....trying to be delicate. Didn't work.
     
  4. 3bears

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    Call it a lesson I guess, that sucks. Their hair breaks or falls out just by looking at it. I use a scalpel and ulu knife for fleshing speed goats. I haven't attempted it on a fleshing machine yet, not sure I will.
     
  5. jason.fairbanks

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    Makes sense to me...hair was falling out immediately after thawing. I should have never attempted the fleshing beam regardless of how delicate I was trying to be. Gonna be an expensive lesson.
     
  6. dale65

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    All the ones I done do have a goat smell maybe that was the smell but you can't flesh them like you do a whitetail there skin is fairly thin anyway if you cut the hair roots on the inside it will fall out easy and the skin will slip a lot easier on them especially on the sides of the checks where the pockets are if there not opened up
     
  7. jason.fairbanks

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    I was familiar with the scent glands being prone for hair loss. The 1st cape I blamed the hunter because they rolled the cape up in a garage overnight. Maybe I was wrong there too. The 2nd was WTF...I thought I took all the precautions needed since I was on the hunt with my buddy. Hair was falling out turning the lips and ears. I will probably hand flesh in the future with a scalpel.
     
  8. 3bears

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    Get a hold of Dave at western wildlife on here. Good seller.
     
  9. jason.fairbanks

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    He has come to the rescue with a couple of mulies clients decided to drag out or cut too short...first time fixing my mistake :/
     
  10. jim tucker

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    The hair on a LIVE pronghorn can be broke off easily. When I worked in a shop that did 150 of them a year they pretty much went straight into the pickle with just rough facial fleshing. All detail fleshing was done post pickle. If I were doing them in my shop they'd be sent straight into the Krowtan. The skins are thin, no need to put them in a beam.
     
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