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Time Spent On Skinning And Prepping A Deer Cape

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Richs Taxidermy, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. Micah Howards

    Micah Howards Active Member

    Yeah, I mean when I hand flesh it it is about as thin as I have seen capes done with a flesher (it looks like anyway). I don't mean to sound like that but it might come across like that, yup I totally agree with you. I have asked for advice on here in the past. yeah that would be nice. You too.
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  2. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    I dry preserve.
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  3. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    20 minutes to cape, cut skull and clean skull plate. About 1 hour 10 min. to turn, flesh and have under salt. We ship most hides out for tanning.
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  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    The older i get, the slower I get. Fleshing really should not be a marathon. Listen to some music, think nice thoughts, and before your know it, you're done! I probably flesh 150 capes a year. It's just part of the process.
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  5. Falcon32

    Falcon32 Member

    I'd like to see a video of you fleshing on machine, it takes me about 1hr and I want to get faster
  6. dmac1175

    dmac1175 Active Member

    The op didn't ask anything about tanning the hide. I understood the question to be how long to skin off the head and split and turn everything. Nothing about shaving, tanning, etc.
    It takes me about 20-30 minutes to skin off the head and about an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes to split and turn. I'm not very fast but definitely faster than I used to be.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2019
  7. Johnnyclyde

    Johnnyclyde New Member

    It does depends on freezer room how fast I do it
  8. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    If I could make that happen I would, I’ll try to record if it comes out maybe I can text it to ya . I will say this , I find the thickest spot on the cape , usually it’s the back of head/neck area . I then start thinning it out from there leaving face for last after I get the feel for that cape kinda thing and how much pressure I can put to it and how much the wheel is taking off . If I can help ya in any way, pm me and I’ll get back to ya
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  9. johnsmith101

    johnsmith101 New Member

    I don't have a fleshing machine to thin when I flesh it it is super thin already, and I don't think we were counting the days it is sitting in the pickle lol
  10. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I guess the time I take isn't off by that much. I just skinned a head last Saturday and it took me between four and a half and five hours to skin, turn ears, etc., etc., and another hour to do a rough flesh in my Dakota IV.

    I am looking into getting a Dakota Pro but being only a hobbyist I am getting some resistance from the war department! Naa - Actually I am kidding about the war department, it is really me that is hesitant about shelling out that much money for a new machine when the one I got works; just slow. She tells me I can get one any time I want. Has anyone on here went from a Dakota IV to a Dakota V or Pro? How much difference is there other than blade size?

  11. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    MY Dakota Pro is my first and only fleshing machine I have used. I bought it over the Dakota V because I kept hearing about and seeing on videos, where there would be fleshings getting caught in the belt. The Pro has a fully enclosed belt.