Prepping, Salting, & Shipping:
The most important thing controlling the quality of your hides and how they
tan, is how they are taken care of before they are sent to the tannery.
Follow these easy pointers to help assure your hides are tanned the best
they can be.
Prep your hides immediately, do not freeze them to be taken care of at a
later date. Hides that have been frozen degrade in quality when they are
Hides must have all the meat, and especially, all the fat removed before
they are salted.
Never salt your hides below 40 degrees. You do not want your hides to freeze
when they are salted.
Never salt a hide in extremely warm temperatures. Your hide may rot before
the salt has a chance to penetrate to the hair roots.
Do not reuse salt on your hides, use salt only once, then throw it away.
When salting, make sure that every inch of skin is covered in salt and that
there are no spots where the hide is rolled, like on the legs, or on the
edges. Make sure to use plenty of salt.
Anytime after 48 hours the hides may be hung up and dried. Never in the sun
or with direct heat.
All greasy hides such as bear and fur should be beamed to remove all grease
from within the hide. This will prevent grease-burn, and the hair roots from
rotting. It will simply give you a better tanned hide.
When you ship your hides they should be dry and not wet to the touch, but
still flexible enough to fold easily. Fold the hides with the flesh side
out, with the head, tails, and legs inside the fold. This prevents
broken tails and legs, and ears from splitting open, and fur or hair from
being rubbed off during shipping.
Don't ship fragile items like furs or antelope with heavy items like elk or
moose. If they are going to shipped in the same box place the lighter items
on top so they won't be damaged by the larger items.
Never ship in hides that are wet or damp.
E-Mail or Call us at (208) 435-4822 for more information.