I know everyone is likely enjoying summer right now, but in our house thoughts are already turning to fall. Caribou and Dall sheep are covering every spare inch of wall space of the shop at the moment, almost ready to head for their homes. I can't wait to see this year's batch of horns and antlers. If you have a northern hunt booked for this fall, talk to us, we always welcome new customers and can give some helpful tips on getting your trophies home safely. Starting in August we will also be doing airport pickups for any non-resident customers requiring that service.
If you will be doing a back country or fly-in hunt in August or September the weather can still be very mild, even hot, and it's wise to take extra precautions to protect capes from spoiling. It is extremely important to remove the cape from your animal as quickly as possible and have the proper means and skills to flesh and salt it; remember to turn the ears, and split eyes, lips and nose in order to allow the salt to properly penetrate all areas of the hide. Yes, I hear you, that is the guides job if you are on an outfitted hunt, but it is still a great idea to educate yourself in case of extremely hot weather, an injured or inept guide, or a longer trip out of camp than anticipated. Sometimes that freezer isn't as close as you think. There are some great videos online showing how to properly cape and flesh any animal. Also, pack more salt than you think you will need and it should be fine, white, and non-iodized. You've put a lot of thought into getting there, and possibly money too, so don't let your efforts go to waste. We always encourage our customers to talk to us before their hunt for advice on handling trophies and arranging pick up/drop off times.
Have fun and be safe. We hope to see you at our shop this fall, maybe with a beautiful Dall sheep like this fellow!