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Can You Dry Preserve A Deer Hide With Borax Only?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by PubGChris, Jul 6, 2021.

  1. PubGChris

    PubGChris New Member

    So is it possible with Borax only? If you were to properly flesh and get hide as clean as possible. What's the difference between commercial dry preserves vs 20 Mule Team Borax. I know that in dry preservatives there is Borax, Alum, Napatha Flakes, etc. Is it possible for Borax to fully penetrate a raw deer hide? So has anyone on here used say Stop Rot with Borax only, then mounted the hide? If so how bad was the shrinkage, did it turn out great or was it a disaster?
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    I’ll say this to answer your question YES
    But unless you have the proper knowledge on thinning and the right hide paste it’s going to end up bad
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  3. 15pt

    15pt Well-Known Member

    I've tried every way you could think of through the years. About 25yrs ago I mounted a few for myself with straight borax and they have held up just as well as some I mounted with bessmaid. Will it help using stop rot first, im sure it will. Like Frank said use the right glue!! Oh and don't put your hands on it for a few weeks.
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  4. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Why would you use borax only? DP isn't that expensive. I like the drying attributes of DP vs borax. DP is about 80% talc, which serves as a dessicant. If you use borax only, your specimen should probably be in a climate controlled area, since it will dry much slower. To answer your question, it will work, but I like the drying and preservation characteristics of DP. If you use it in conjunction with Stop Rot, which I have my own reservations about, you certainly are not saving any money. BTW, I use Second-2-Nature DP. A 65 lb box will treat 150 deer capes.
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  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I prefer DP over borax. Even on turkeys, I use borax over the whole skin and the go back and rub Dp into the feather tracks. Dp is like borax on steroids.
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  6. PubGChris

    PubGChris New Member

    Do you use stop rot, when you dry preserve? Its very costly, but are the benefits worth having it. Does it help against shrinkage. I know it stops spoiling, but are there other advantages besides that . Does anyone know what chemical is in stop rot? Is it multiple chemicals? I don't expect a recipe, just curious what it is. I mean I would not expect a KFC recipe. I know its a secret. Just curious what it is. Is it safe without gloves, etc.
  7. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Going to go thru all that , just tan it . It’s not that difficult
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  8. PubGChris

    PubGChris New Member

    Because I dont want to, how about that! I

    want to become a dry preserve deer mounting Master, hahaha!
  9. PubGChris

    PubGChris New Member

    How come they only have a like button on here.!!! We need the FU bird button!
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  10. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I do not use Stop Rot. I had been mounting deer for 30 years before Stop Rot was invented.
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