Quality results cannot be derived from improperly handled merchandise.
Freshly received specimens should be scraped free from grease and fat, the lips skinned and the ears turned. Salting is a very important factor and should be done carefully, making certain that every part is covered. Stack hides and capes flesh up. The next day or two resalt once more and leave in stack for another day, then hang or spread out hair up so it will dry. Don’t over-dry, leave slightly pliable - NOT WET!
Antelope, Deer, Sheep and Goats - all thin skinned capes - should be soaked in warm (90 - 100 degree) water for 15 to 45 minutes. Elk, Moose, Buffalo and Bear should be soaked for 30 to 60 minutes.
After soaking, hang capes up so excess water can drain off - 10 to 15 minutes. Fold head with ears and nose toward middle, roll up and put in plastic bag, leave at room temperature and let sweat 8 to 10 hours. At this time, capes should be soft and ready to work with.
If cape becomes rubbery, cut back on soak time. The fresher the tan, the shorter the soak time.