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Rehydrating

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by sle75, Jan 18, 2022.

  1. sle75

    sle75 New Member

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    Got a bear and a mt.lion with some issues. I don't know how long these things had been in the freezer before I got them. The wings on the bear nose are hard as a rock and there are several spots on the lion skin that are hard and the ears are hard and can't be turned and all toe pads are hard and dry. My question is can they be rehydrated and if so what is the best way to do it?
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2022
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    As long as their tanned the universal method is this:
    4 oz salt
    1/4 cup of Downey
    1 gallon of tepid water
    Soak for 20-30, hang to drain, bag it and place in a fridge overnight. Next day should be fine if not you can do it again. plus also injecting these areas with the mix will help in hydration.
     
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  3. sle75

    sle75 New Member

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    They are both green…
     
  4. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Then they are freezer burnt . Nose I wouldn’t worry bout as you can do a replacement nose . The toes you can try to inject with your pickle if tanning yourself or salt water or stop rot , it may take a few times . The dry burnt spots could and should relax going thru the tanning process just flesh as good as possible
     
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  5. sle75

    sle75 New Member

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    Should the ears hydrate in the tan (krowtan)as well?
     
  6. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Get it turned as far as possible, ear but meat off , yes I have had ears that were over half way not turned and hard as rock , soften in the pickle, just open the rest of the way as they do relax .
     
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  7. sle75

    sle75 New Member

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    Thank you for your time
     
  8. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Anytime
     
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  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I have pickled and tanned a cape that had impossible to turned ears and I was able to turn them after the tan.