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Leaving Hide In Pickle

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by DOUG H, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. DOUG H

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    any problem leaving a deer cape in pickle,using McKenzie safety pickle,have go out town for 5 days
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    You should be fine. There is no problem leaving it in the pickle for 5 years as long as the pH and salt content are kept at acceptable levels.
     

  3. DOUG H

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    Thanks I only asked because the last time I did that I found what look to be mold on the wooden platform I put on top my hide to keep it submerged
     
  4. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I have left things in the pickle two weeks. What I generally do is put a towel (previously submerged in the pickle) on top of the skin. Never had a problem yet. Like Tanglewood said, as long as the pH is where it is supposed to be it will be OK.
     
  5. DOUG H

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    Thanks
     
  6. Bruce_Rittel

    Bruce_Rittel Consultant Services

    That Mold growth you referred to is "Airborne"! Put a lid over the Pickle if you're only going to be gone for 5 days - otherwise have a neighbor or Buddy stop by while you are gone, and just stir up the Pickle a few times. Simply disrupting its growth with a few stirs will destroy it. I'd have it done every 2 days.
     
  7. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Along with what Bruce said, the lid will also help with keeping evaporation at a minimum.
     
  8. shane whiting

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    For what it is worth, I have had a lifesize bobcat in a Mckenzie safety pickle for 3 years and it tanned up fine with no issues. I would not recommend it and it luckily worked for me.
     
  9. DOUG H

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    Th
     
  10. DOUG H

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    Thanks all,got it Bruce next time your coming to Plymouth call me we’ll do lunch out on wharf at woods!
     
  11. Bruce_Rittel

    Bruce_Rittel Consultant Services

    Wow! Thanks Doug! I might be tempted to take you up on that invitation! LOL! We'll see how things work out!
     
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