I just delivered a completed Safari to a guy in Palmer & after helping him hang his trophies he says, Oh by the way a have a couple more projects for you to do.
A lifesize Brown & 2 Black bears to be rugged.
I say great.
Then he says ya they all went in the freezer the same day they were shot after sealing.
Good deal huh ?
Then I get them back to my studio in Fairbanks & unwrap them to thaw for fleshing.
Thats when 25 lbs of salt pours out on my floor.
He salted over all the fat & meat that was left on !!! the feet were still in & the salt had pulled the moisture out of the toes, the lips & nose were like concrete & a major pain to open up.
it takes twice as long to flesh & turn things when they are like this.
Again, PLEASE DO NOT SALT THE SKINS IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE PUT IN THE FREEZER !!!!
Salt inhibits freezing, Thats why the put it in the sand for hyway use.
It also pulls the moisture out of things, Thats why it is used for skins but AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN PROPERLY FLESHED.
I guess I will just start charging $100. extra for things that are not fleshed & salted over the meat & fat , maybe that will get their attention.
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