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Does anyone salt there hides? My younger brother has salted the rabbit and doe he got this past year, they came out awesome. He even asked for the hooves to be saved, he wants to hang his clothes off of them once they are done. My youngest brother went as far as salting the deer tongue. Bunch of wacko's they are

I'll have to post up what he has done sometime.

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hides no...but i have saved hooves for door handles and gun/coat racks.

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if you salt the hide does that make them soft?

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Re: Salting hides

Salt does NOTHING to preserve, bug proof or tan the hide. All you are doing is saving food for bugs so they can eat it later. Salt is a dessicant--it draws moisture from the skin and locks the hair in place. The only way to "safely" and "permanently" save hides is to properly tan them. Bird skins and some small mammal skins can be adequately preserved with proper fleshing and dusting with borax.
Salting is temporary at best.
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what do you do with a salted tounge ?

listen to paul, your gonna have some bugs around that you dont want.

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Re: Salting hides

well the're doing something more.... like tanning them... all salt does is draw out all the moisture in the hide and makes it (the hide) more acceptable for tanning agents, and fleshing, and thinning

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Re: Salting hides

Salting is used as a means of preserving hides. It dries the hide to prevent rotting and hair slip, insects won't bother it either. Normally it is used to temporarily preserve them until they are tanned, however they will last pretty indefinitely if salted correctly. I say temporarily because a dry salted hide is hard like a board and usually folded up for shipping making its use in this condition limited. Taxidermists will soak a salted hide before attempting to unfold it.

If you ever hunt overseas you will likely receive your capes and hides back within a year in a totally dried salted state. I have kept some like this for years. I have also sold a number of them on ebay after a couple years.

Here's a bear from Alaska I did at home earlier this year. I think this was around the 6th and final salting over a period of about a week. Just before it hardened solidly I folded and rolled it up, put it in a burlap bag in my basement. Several weeks later I took it to a tannery. Without salting I would have had to keep it in a freezer all that time.


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Not to contradict you tundragriz but saying salting a way of preserving hides and that bugs won't bother it is terribly naive. Salting is only a way to TEMPORARILY preserve a skin and bugs LOVE salted skins. So do mice. Don't think, for a second, that they don't.
A properly fleshed, well salted skin can be stored for a while. How long depends on how and where it is stored but it is only a temporary fix. Animal skins MUST be tanned to be completely preserved and bug proofed.
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Re: Salting hides

I didn't know this. I'll have to get the hides to my buddy's father who is a taxidermist.

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