Alot of us know how to flesh to preserve the hide, yet most dont. What is so hard about taking the steps needed to do it right?
My wife is a taxidermist so I here all the stories of hides that get turned in and I'm amazed. she has stuff turned in with an inch of fat still on it that was sitting in the sun for a week (can you say jerky). maybe 5% of the hides she gets in a year are fleshed right. people are amazed with the terms of splitting or turning when it comes to the ears, lips and nose.
Folks, if you dont know or have questions, see your taxidermist and ask question. Most are happy to ablidge. take some salt, you dont need 5lbs for a bear, but take some anyways. fill up a 20oz mtn dew bottle. if fleshed right it will be enough to get you out of the field.
Dont worry about cuts in the hide. they know how to sew. atleast your trying. Get it down to the folicles, learn how to do the face, and your hide will end up pretty dang good.
sorry off the box for now.