I am heading to "Brooks Range" in August. The reason it is in quotations is because I don't know what part of that massive range I am going. We have a "guide/friend" that knows where to go, so he said he would make sure we will drop us where caribou are. My question to all of you is:
1. Do you salt the cape to preserve? I have heard, "DON'T SALT!!" and I have seen videos of people saying they are getting ready to salt the cape.
2. For someone that lives in the lower 48, do you use a taxidermist in Alaska or do you bring cape and antlers down home and have someone do the shoulder mount down here?
3. Do you have meat processed up there and then ship it? Do you just ship it straight home quartered and then process as needed down here while packed on ice?
4. About how long do you have while you are out there to get cape, antlers, meat home so you can have a preserved animal that tastes good and looks good on wall when hunting in first of August? I know there are many factors with weather, but I would love to hear people's stories and get an idea.
Thanks in advance. This is a once in a lifetime hunt for me, so I want to make sure I do it right.