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Salting A Possum

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Katie T, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. Katie T

    Katie T New Member

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    Hello, y'all have helped me out a ton in the past so I figured I'd ask another question!
    I case skinned a possum and I'm salting it now, but it isn't drying near as fast as I'd like. Is there any way to speed this up? At this rate I'm worried about it rotting
     
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  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Not to worry, salt is removing the moisture from the skin. If your not of the process I’ll help you out
    Salt, fold and drain on an incline 24 max hrs, next day, shake off salt ( you don’t need to get it all off) then resalt the cape again and just hang to dry. now if it’s over three days and your shop is very humid, just place a fan near it as it’ll dry faster this way.
    Always remember this , it may be salt dried but any moisture near it will cause the hides , capes etc to rehydrate till that moisture it gone. hope thus helped ya
     

  3. Katie T

    Katie T New Member

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    Thanks for the reply! I've salted and tanned flat skins just fine, but how do I fold a case skinned hide?
     
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  4. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    I just fold the head in the center, then ( hopefully you get my drift ) invert the the back end over the fold and prop it on my incline to drain.
     
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  5. Katie T

    Katie T New Member

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    Does it need to dry completely hard before going in the pickle? It's a little better but still a little flexible in places
     
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  6. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I never did a opossum but I have done many foxes. I never let them completely dry. After the second salting and a twenty-four hour wait I place in the pickle and continue from there.
     
  7. Katie T

    Katie T New Member

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    That makes me feel so much better! I can't get it to completely dry for the life of me