Just think about this for a moment, What does salt do to ICE ????
It melts it.
Thats why they use it on Highways & walk ways.
SALT INHIBITS FREEZING.
If you salt over the top of Fatty tissue & meat you can actually Spoil your skin WHILE its in the freezer.
Freezing is meant to preserve the skin till someone can get to fleshing it.
Salt is meant as a Drying agent that will lock the fur in place & tighten the poors in the skin so the upper epidermis ( Top part of the skin that holds hair in place) will stay in place.
They DO NOT WORK together at the same time.
If you are going to Have to salt a skin, Make sure to remove as much as possible of the meat & fat, Turn the ears inside out as far as possible, Split the lips as far as you can , & the center ( Septum) of the nose.
Then you can salt the skin at this time & that will help keep yopu cape from slipping hair, If it has feet you will have to take ALL of the toe bones out & remove the cushion from inside the pads.
When salting make sure to roll the salt around the entire cape paying attention to get around the entire ear bases & all of the skin. Push salt into each toe & the pads.
Now leave the skin open in a dry place & let it dry over night , Then the next day move the salt around on the cape again. Let it dry for 2 more days, then shake all the salt off & hang the skin up to dry out so you can fold it up.
Anouther pain in the Butt is Black Pepper, I had an Elk come in that the guy thought he was doing good by spreading 5 lbs of pepper on the cape.
It about made me sick when I had to reflesh the cape.
DO NOT USE PEPPER on your cape unless you are seasoning it to eat.
I hope this helps. If not , call me & I will show you how to properly flesh & salt a skin.
Just got in a bear that was near ruined due to the above & just needed to vent !!