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When ALL the steps have been completed the cape can then be salted thoroughly with fine cooking salt. The cape should be rolled up and hung in a cool dry place inside a breathable sack such as hessian. After one day considerable liquid will drain from the hide. The wet salt should be shaken and removed from the hide and another layer of fresh salt applied. The cape can again be hung as previously. After a minimum of two – three days the cape can be aired out, by hanging and the excess salt bashed from the hide. The cape can be dried, folded and stored safely like this. If stored correctly they will keep for two years or more. It’s always best to take capes to your taxidermist as soon as possible for tanning.
Take the time to learn and prepare your trophy for the taxidermist. You will benefit by receiving improved, higher quality taxidermy.