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so i brought home more deer than expected this season and i ran out of freezer space quick...i had a deer hide and yote hide in there and didnt wanna send them out till after fox and coon season ended incase i got anything else to send..

so to make freezer space, i salted and dried the hides in the garage...it stayed cool enough that i didnt feel they were in danger of damage...after they were good n dry i hung the deer hide over a sheet of ply wood in the garage and hung the yote hide by its nose...

if you cant tell where this is goin yet....

they are hard and dry and i need to get them in a box! im afraid if i force them to bend they are going to crack and rip...they are THAT dry...

is there some way i can rehydrate them so i can roll them up to fit in a box to be shipped to a tannery???

should i call the tannery?

i dont wanna loose these hides...my first yote and the deer hide came of a BIG bodied buck..probably never see a deer hide that size as it'll likely have a rack to go with the body unlike the one i shot..so id like to save them!

thanx alot for any info...
 

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I've let that happen to some of my hides. I spray them with a mist bottle filled with water, then cover them with a damp towel until I can bend them into a better position. After you get them bent how you like, rub some salt on them and let air dry again.
 

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rehydrate in water, salt 1lb. per gallon and ph level around 3
 

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thanx johnny...my first thought was the suggestion you had...

it took a little long than i had planned...mainly because i did it in the laundry tub and had to do the 2 hides in sections...they are both soft as they come now...got them back in the garage to dry...will get salt on them in the morning...but i had a bunch of salt in the water with them so i almost assume they dont need re-salted...once they dry they will be well salted from the water they soaked in for hours..but i'll make sure they are dry before i ship them...kinda put me in a pickle...too cold to dry anything in the garage till recently..and as soon as it thawed the bugs came out!

AMAZING how dirty the deer and yote hides were!! and how nice and clean the yote hide looks already! i cannot wait to get it back!!! i'll actually probably have them return shipped to my place in NC so i can see them right away! and so they get taken care of..if i had them sent home and didnt get them for months, who knows what my parents would let happen to them!
 

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oh wait you certainly need to resalt if you are going to dry them again
 

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in fact if they are wet and you want the hair/fur to stay on i would salt both sides
 
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