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keeping a deer cape good while in camp

i have always left the day or day after killing my deer on past hunts and have got my cape to my taxidermist before i go home. this year i have a few more people in my party and may be staying out in the feild for a week. how could i keep my cape good for a few days in camp.

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I'ld check with a taxidermest

I'ld check with a taxidermest and see what he says.  The longer the head and cape stay in the field the worse condtion it will be in.

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keeping a deer cape good while in camp

I've had a taxidermist tell me to remove as much fat from the hide as possible, and to salt it down to absorb the moisture. Removing the salt when wet, and then putting more on it etc. until shipped/or brought in. Other than that, I'm not much help I'm afraid, and the weather/temp. conditions probably play into it as well.

Good luck.

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exactly what I was going to

exactly what I was going to say with my limited knowledge

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If you do salt the hide use

If you do salt the hide use non-iodonized salt and not table salt you should be able to find it at a feed store. 

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critter, what would the

critter, what would the iodonized salt do to it?

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You should cape it off the

You should cape it off the face, but only make a short "Y" cut between the antlers big enough to cape the face and slip the skull thru the hole. Dont cut it all the way down the back if you want to piss off the taxidermist. Trim the fat, salt the hide and roll it fur side in starting with the face. Put it in a HD plastic bag and wright in the ice chest ASAP. dont let it get wet. The longer its not cold the better the chance the hair will slip! Grab a few measurments first, One from corner of eye to end of noise, and the circumference of the neck at the base of the head and one more three inches down for that at the widest part.

Shoot some yote's and practice on their faces, Even make the Y cut and start from the back of their head,  Alway keep the knife in to the skull, be carfull around the eyes making sure to get all of the eye lids, Now on a deer you have that glan at the corner of the eye so cut in deep so they have plenty of tissue to tuck in. Work your way down the snout and when you get to the cartlidge on the nose cut it deep the taxidermist will trim that latter, Open the mouth and cut at the teeth line into the gums pilling it back so you can get the lips off nicely. I always carry a razor scalpel with the simi round blades for the face, in my back pac.

If one of your buddys nocks down a little meat buck practice on it. Also talk to your taxidermist for his opinion.

 

 

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If you can try to get

If you can try to get hoggetter to join you in camp - sounds like he knows what he's talking about.  If you're not to far from a town check if it has a local taxidermist.  For a reasonable fee you might be able to have him prep the hide & store it unlil you leave for home.

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Great post hoggetter.  I was

Great post hoggetter.  I was wondering about this also....I've heard lots of mixed suggestions on this before.  Some say salt it, other say never salt it.  I've never caped one myself but I'm hoping to learn how this season, I've skun lots of furbearers out though so I should be able to handle it.

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thanks for the input guys

thanks for the input guys, i took your advise critter and talked to my taxidermist, and it sounded like he was reading hoggetters responce word for word he gave me a video that covers skining the skull and hide care. the only thing is now i have to search the closet for the vcr i havent watched a "vhs" in years. so thanks again.

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Taking care of your cape.

I would not suggest salting the hide if you do not know how to flesh it properly and you can turn the ears, lips, and thin the eyes yourself. If you want the best results from your taxidermist you need to make sure you get your cape cooled and to him/her as soon as possible. I have seen many a cape ruined by people not knowing how to cape let alone not knowing how to properly take care of one after getting the cape off. You are better off letting your taxidermist due the work. Just my 2 cents.

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