How to properly salt your hide

How to properly salt your hide.

If you do not think you can perform the following procedure without cutting the hide, follow directions on “shipping instructions”  page and ship the hide frozen (Fleshing and salting is included in our prices).

  1. For Leather tanning, remove any meat or fat thicker than a 1/4″. For Hair On tanning, remove all meat and fat.
  2. Lay the hide flat with flesh side up, or at a slight angle to allow for draining, in a cool, dry place.
  3. Spread a fine granular salt (table salt, canning salt, solar salt…NEVER USE ROCK SALT!) on the hide to completely cover it.  You will need approximately 15 to 20 lbs. of salt for elk and 8 to 10 lbs for deer.  Never let a hide air dry or dry out without using an adequate amount of salt.
  4. The hide should be left open to dry for one to three days. When the salt crusts over, you can fold it (flesh side out) and bring or ship the hide to us. Again, if you do not feel comfortable with this process, we will flesh and salt your hide for free.

The sooner you can get your frozen or dry salted hide to us the better the results will be!  If you have questions or concerns, you may call us for further instructions 408.354.4216

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