How long can I store my skins?

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  1. JES Adventures

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    A question for all you taxidermists out there - How long can I store my skins before mounting?

    What is the best method;

    Keep them salted in a dry place?

    Have them soft tanned and store in a cool, dry place?

    Have them wet tanned and store frozen?

    I am no where close to finished hunting around the world and am waiting a few more years to build a trophy room. I don’t want to make the mistake so many of my friends have made by building too early and running out of room.
     

  2. The Artistry of Wildlife

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    Tan them ASAP. wet tan or dry tan. Dry tan dehydrate them and freeze them.
    I have mounted frozen skins over 15 years old.

    Leave dry salted.....you'll bugs and if you leave salted skin to long tanning will not be good , salting is a temporary measure for transport only they are not preserved by simply salting.

    Tan and leave in cool dry place...you'll have acid rot leather in a few years , leather is organic and breaks down, that is why glue is used in taxidermy to keep the hide from falling apart.

    Wet tanned and Frozen.....PERFECT.
     
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  3. BRICKBURN

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    Buy that big freezer.
     

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