CORRECT HIDE CARE
DO'S & DON'TS
...Treat the skin like food. Like potatoe salad!
...Remove all pieces of fat and meat from the skin.
...Cool the skin off as quickly as possible.
...Freeze the skin if you cannot immediately take it to the
Taxidermist. Animal hair is a great insulator, so turn the hide skin
side out(hair side to hair side) and spread it out in the freezer for
1/2 hour or so to cool, then bunch (not roll) the skin up and put it in
a plastic bag (or two!) and freeze it solid. It will last a long time frozen,
but it must be in a plastic bag to prevent freezer burn.
...Cut the cape on deer, elk etc., well behind the shoulders
and the brisket (lower front).
...If possible measure the diameter of the neck of the animal
after you have skinned it. Measure at the throut and at 8-10" down the neck.
HEAT IS THE ENEMY
Heat makes the
bacteria in the hide grow and that causes the hair to slip. If it is
70 degrees out, you have only a few hours before the hide is ruined.
If it is 35-40 degrees, you have a day or two before the hair will start
...Cut the throat or anything on the front
(throat) side of a deer, elk, antelope, etc.
...Salt the hide
unless you completely skin the head (and the feet on a bear), turn the ears
and split the lips of the animal.
...Leave the skin in
Cruise home with the animal on the hood of your
truck.(engines make heat, heat rots the meat and skin)
...Put the skin where it is warm, like the part of your
pickup bed over the hot exhaust pipe!
...Cruise around for a week with the hide in the back of
your car or pickup and expect to keep all the hair on it!
(People really do this!!!)
...Get blood on the hair or horns. It can stain them.
You have to be very careful with antelopes.
If you fold the hide up (flesh to flesh) and toss it in the freezer,
the hair may slip at the folds. Antelope hair is a very good insulator.
If folded up while warm, it can retain that heat for a long time.
Spread it out as open as possible and cool it off. Then bunch up the hide
skin side out, put it in a plastic bag and freeze solid.
ABSOLUTELY NO BLOOD ON THE ANTELOPE'S HAIR, IT WILL STAIN!!!
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