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Very Large Alaskan Moose

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Randy, Oct 5, 2022.

  1. Randy

    Randy Huntin Chamios on Mount Cook, New Zealand

    I just received a very large Alaskan moose cape in. For those who have fleshed a very large and very thick cape how do you salt prep the cape? The cape is 3/4" or more in thickness with all the meat removed? Will the salt penetrate thru 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Need some advice!!!
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Believe it or not it will , lay out and salt heavy , preferably on a wood or plastic rack . 2nd day shake out resalt fold in half,skin to skin, salted side , make sure it’s draining. 3rd day same thing . 4 th day shake wet salt out and let air get to it to start drying. Get a box ur shipping in and and as it dries fold to fit .
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  3. NID-20

    NID-20 Well-Known Member

    Yep Salt it wait about 4 hours take a wide putty knife and scrape all the wet salt off and salt it again and hang it over a board in a drying room low humidity for 24 hours . then lay it down and fold it so it will fit in box to ship to tannery then put a fan on it for a couple days then ship to tannery. If you do not fold it a little damp you will never get it folded
  4. Jimmy Rimrock

    Jimmy Rimrock Yeah, they come to snuff the rooster

    Salt and resalt as above. Split the waddle/dewlap/throut area as best you can and get as much salt down the bell as reasonably possible

    I run a dehumidifier in my "cape drying room", okay its the shop bathroom. Small sized unit, maybe $150, about the size of a big paper shredder. Hang capes in shower on a 2x4, hair up, after 2nd or 3rd salting. Takes overnight or so, but don't forget about it, or they get way too dried out to fold. When its wintertime, 100% humidity at night, maybe 60% in the day, this set up is a must to fully dry thick or greasy (bears) skins.

    I just tanned a moose cape and they are a chore, but it is my Idaho bull and I'm ordering a form soon and mounting it by the end of Nov. I can't wait for the tannery turn time.
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I always hear guys talk about the humidity being around 100% in the summer. Here in the western part of Oregon, like you said, our humidity occurs in the winter, which I like much better.
  6. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Yep, as described it will pull the fluid out, it just takes a while longer that thinner skinned critters. Air flow is important to get it drying. I won't home tan another, too damn heavy when pulling out of pickle to shave, I'm too old.
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