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Rehydrating Very Thick Salted Elk Cape.

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by SEC, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. SEC

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    Thanks for everyone's help on my previous thread on rehydrating whitetail capes. There going much better now. I now have a very thick and heavy salted dry elk cape that I'm thinking about tanning myself due to time constraints. How long could this thing take to rehydrate?
     
  2. With a good relaxer and doing it static just plan on leaving it overnight. Check it in the AM, keep stirring and stretching on it as you can. If it's a big bull with a thick top of the neck, you may need to go into the pickle before it's completely relaxed. Once the face, throat, armpits etc have been loose for awhile you might want to get it in the acid.
     
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  3. SEC

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    Well. It's tanned and in the freezer now. Doing that one myself was not the best idea I've ever had. A normal elk wouldn't have been such a struggle, this one was the thickest I've ever seen. It was so thick it didn't even shrink up when it was originally dried. It still measured 32-34" as I was putting it in the hydration bath.
     
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