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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 Old Murphey

    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. 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 tubemate get-mobdro.com authorityapk.com
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2020
  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.
  12. annejones101

    annejones101 New Member

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  13. I started with the Dakota IV and really liked it. Took about 60-80 minutes to shave a cape. I bought a Dakota Pro a year ago and WOW what a difference. I spend about 40 minutes caping, 2 hours splitting and rough flesh. After pickle it's 20 minutes on the main part of the cape up to the mid-face area with the Pro and then I finish on the Dakota IV, another 15 minutes on the face and ears.
  14. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    It takes me 25-30 min. to skin out the skull, but if there is neck meat (most of the time) then to remove that can take another 10-20 minutes depending on how much neck there is. Also measure the nose to eye then of course. Then I rough flesh the cape with a knife and take the neck measurement, which takes another 10-15 minutes. Then I usually freeze the cape, note all measurements and damage on work order, fill out tags, mark bags, another 5-10 minutes. Of course this process also involves sawing off the antlers, fleshing them, dusting them with borax, tagging them and hanging them up on the rack, which takes another 10 minutes. Then there is cleanup time too which I do after working on each specimen which is another few minutes. Then when I'm ready to start tanning, I thaw them out which takes a few minutes to dig them out of the freezer and messing around with them in prep for prep work, 5 min. To turn the ears, lips, nose, eyes and fully prep them for salting, that usually takes about 50-60 min. depending mostly on the ears. If the ears are really bad, then it can easily take double that time. So if you really add up all the minutes spent it's 2-3 hours depending on the specimen. Of course though during that time I usually have to answer the phone and/or take in or have stuff picked up and those interruptions slow down the process even more. Now from what I've seen I'm not real fast, but nor am I slow on my processing times. On the vast majority of my capes I'm not fixing later damage I caused, so if you are going fast and causing damage, then the repair time to fix that damage needs to be factored into the processing time.