Congratulations! Your animal is down, and you know you want to honor him and remember him as he is for decades to come. So what can you do NOW to ensure the best possible result?
Handling skins properly in the field is critically important! Your animal should be skinned as soon as possible, especially if temperatures are above freezing. This is particularly important for large species such as moose, elk, bear and buffalo because of their inherent ability to retain heat due to their body mass.
If your animal cannot be skinned immediately, it should be hung in a cool place out of the sunlight with the body cavity opened as much as possible.
If ice is available, pack the body cavity as full as possible. The ice should be kept in plastic to prevent contamination of the meat.
Once the skin has been separated from the carcass, large and small traces of flesh, meat and membrane should be removed. At this point freeze the skin until it can be properly cared for. You can bring your skin into Jonas Brothers and we will take care of it for you, just bring it to us cold or frozen.If salting to dry, the eyes, ears, nose and lips needs to be turned and split.
Lay the skin out and salt it generously, coating all of the flesh side. Use fine grain Non-Iodized Salt. Shake the salt off the following day and then re-salt. When salting a skin maintain a temperature above freezing. Salting a skin in freezing temperatures results in low saturation and in turn degrades the skin. The longer the skin is left unsalted the more likely damage is to occur.
Careful handling of your hard earned animal in the field will provide the finest results possible and greatly enhance your trophy.