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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-10-2017, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Preserving a cape while hunting out of state?

Have a group going to Montana this fall rifle hunting for elk and mule deer. Was wondering on how to keep the hide in good shape to tan it with hair on when we get back home? Day time temps in 50s and night time in 20s based on historical temps for the area we are hunting.
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if you do not have access to a freezer at the main lodge then Salt them, you will have to turn everything inside out first and flesh it real good. you will have to open the ears, turn the lips, nose cartilage, split the eye lids and lips and remove as much flesh as possible or you will have hair slipping.

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Thanks we will be tent camping so I guess we will need to bring some salt along.
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Are you going on a guided hunt ????
If so the guide should know what to do with the hides?
The things bohunr says are proper but if you have never split lips and eye lids or turned an ear,it isn't tough but it takes some learning to do!
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Are you going on a guided hunt ????
If so the guide should know what to do with the hides?
The things bohunr says are proper but if you have never split lips and eye lids or turned an ear,it isn't tough but it takes some learning to do!
and its a lot easier with a scalpel or a havalon which is essentially a scalpel. visit your taxidermist before you go. He / She will explain it in detail and will be able to actually show you how its done. you will get a bigger appreciation of the work they do too.

you will need approximately 20 pounds of non-iodized salt per trophy, you will need to shake off the salt after a day and re-salt the cape / hide a second time as the first salting will draw out the moisture and start setting the hair in place, the second salting will start to lock the hair in place in dry the cape / trophy.

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deer taxidermy splitting the eyes lips and nose.......a lot of good videos come up that show what you need to know about prepping the cape before salting.

best of luck (Go see your local taxidermist)

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If I kill a buck that I plan on mounting while hunting out of state I first take the necessary neck and eye to nose measurements. You can google where to take your measurements. I then cape out the head trying to keep as much meat off the cape as I can. Then I fold it up fur side out and double wrap in two garbage bags pushing all the air out making a small package out of it. I tape it up and mark the measurements on it with a sharpie and put it in the freezer. Put in a cooler to transport home and then in your freezer when you get home, it will keep for several years in the freezer. If you have no freezer a lot of times someone will have access to one in a local town, if not you will be fleshing and salting.

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you have to cool the cape before rolling it up like that. other wise the outside freezes first and traps some heat on the inside which can cause the hair to slip especially around face and ears. just be careful.
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