I just got bad news from my bou hunt partner. He and I shot a couple nice bou bulls in late August and caped them for mounts this winter. He received our capes back from the tannery over the weekend. His bou cape is fine, but mine is missing a bunch of hair.
We both shot the two bulls the same day within minutes of each other, fleshed and salted the hides side by side, and shipped them to the tannery in the same package. The ONLY difference was on his cape he used common non-iodized salt and on my cape I used a salt substitute (PM me if you want the product name), every other variable was the same.
I guess the only good news is I lost only a bou cape which I can replace fairly easily when I go after them again in 2010.
Lesson learned: In the future I will use only non-iodized salt on my capes!