Posted on behalf of Elks National Veterans Service Commission
As hunting season is upon us the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks – Elks National Veterans Service Commission requests that hunters to save, salt and deliver big game hides to local Elk’s Lodges. The Lodge will clean and prep the hides for shipment to Arkansas where they will be tanned and prepared for shipment to Veteran’s hospitals for use in the hospital’s leathers recreational programs. Additionally, hides are prepared to be made into gloves used by wheelchair bound veterans to protect their hands.
Hunters: when you are successful in your hunt, if possible and practical, please save the animal hide for use in the Elk’s leathers/hides program. Insure that as much “meat” as possible is removed from the hide and then liberally salt the hide with common table salt. Then roll up the hide – hair side out. It takes about three containers of table salt for the average deer hide – you cannot use too much salt. The only hides not requested are sheep – too much lanolin.
Lodges: when you receive hides you can hold them for a period of time frozen - if you have freezer space. You should not store the hide in the vicinity of food products. When prepping the hides please clean off “meat”, trim the edges, insure that the hide is generously salted and store flat on a pallet or other suitable flat space. The hide will begin to dry. You will be contacted at the end of hunting season with details for shipping.
Al can be pleased that you are a part of this very worthwhile veterans program which will utilize a product that otherwise would be discarded or thrown away.
If you have questions regarding the Nevada State Elks Hides/Leathers program please do not hesitate to contact the program chairman, David Pressler, Reno Elks Lodge, 775 848-3148.
Thank you for your participation.
A list of participating Elks Lodges