No photos uploaded yet. I'll try to get them.
Well, I saved one good hide from last fall's harvest. I tried with some others last fall, but gave up too soon. I put the salted hide in a 35 gallon trash bin with water and hydrated lime. Let it set for several days. Saturday I scraped it. The hair came off very easily. I did manage to burn my hands a bit with the hydrated lime. "Moisturize me, Moisturize me!"
There were an incredible number of deer ticks embedded in the hide. Scraped them out too. I folded the hide, put it in a trash bag and into the freezer for scraping this summer. Then I got the other old hides. Another one is in the hydrated lime and water now.
The garage smells really nice right now. Thank you, Gene.