For those wanting to mount your kill...
Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:33 AM
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You can freeze it after salting . Just shake off the salt roll it up and freeze. I do this with all my out of state hides I know salt is for thawing on highways and such, but for hides you want the antibacterial part to do its job...once it stops dripping shake it off, Then freeze it .. Ive never had any problems of a cape not being frozen due to be salted first. And I freeze everything... If your worried about salt and freezing, you can salt dry the hide. and it will be fine. If it cant be frozen the salt drying is the next best thing.
and remember SALT is your best friend... USE IT.. Salting a cape after skinning prevents bacteria... this is a good thing! Dont be stingy with it, dont season it like you do your steak.. DUMP it on and rub it in....it will draw out the excess blood.. Salt is cheap and in the warm weather we have been having during the day it may just save your cape from slippage..One tip....If you salt your hide don't try and freeze it after. One or the other.
Posted 04 October 2007 - 10:54 AM
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Posted 04 October 2007 - 10:55 AM
Posted 04 October 2007 - 11:35 AM
I carry a 50 lb bag However I probably use maybe 4 of the red plastic toss away cups? Ill measure it out for you next deer that comes in. Mac Im not sure what you mean by the ears fall... are we talking the hair on the ears slip off? If so then yes that is a bacteria issue.. Bears being so fatty tend to creat masive bacteria very fast. Bacteria starts growing basically the minute the body dies... Which is why is so very important to get it skinned and cooled...anything above 39 degrees is a haven for bacteria. Another great product to carry is called Stop Rot.. its a liquid and you just sponge or brush it on. It stops bacteria and has saved many a cape.. Special bobcat and fox which slip hair on the ears faster than you can shake a stick at them. When I get something whether in the field or in the shop, first thing I do is take pictures, take measurements, then paint stop rot on the ears, and entire face... Tails too on fox and other slip prone critters. Then I skin. Once its skinned I put it hair side down and dump salt on it and make sure I get every inch. Every fold needs to be salted, all around the lips, eyes everywhere. Most people dont turn the ears but you need to make sure you dont leave chunks of meat around the butt of the ear.. SALT IT GOOD. Getting off as much meat as possible really helps the cape. If you leave steaks the salt wont penetrate to the skin.. If you cant cape or are worried about messing the job up just chill it and bring to the taxidermist. So far this year everything has come in still on the skull.. This is fine as long as its been properly kept cool.. And I mean COLD cool not tossed in an ice chest for two days cool.. Ice chest will help start cooling off but it really needs to be cooled to below that magical 39 degrees. I keep a freezer avail for chilling when people show up with the cape still on the carcass. Its empty so can hold most antlers or bears etc.. Then while we fill out paperwork and look at forms the cape goes in the freezer. By the time we are done I can remove it and start caping it off the skull. Works out quite nice really. Also if you cant get it to the taxidermists right away and want to wait til later, Freeze it.. roll it up head and paws out and bag it good smoosh as much air out as possible and set it down in the freezer.
Just curious. How much salt should you carry for a deer? How much for a bear?
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...I'm bad and wasn't to comment on the subj title, but .... you have to be pretty lonely in the woods...
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