First, a poll: For guys that have taken a black bear in PWS on a 3-4 day boat hunt, have you salted your hides and what have been your results?
I still haven't made up my mind on when it is necessary to salt a hide. Much of what is on the web regarding big game trophy care recommends heavy salting, and I understand why. However, I have a friend who is native and does a bunch of craftwork and has never salted a hide. She just tacks it to an inclined piece of plywood and lets it air dry. Her stuff looks great. Also, I didn't think that trappers salted their hides, but I'm not sure about that.
My difficulty comes in deciding when a hide must be salted. I realize that if you shoot a bear two days into a ten day hunt, salting is required in the field. However, what if I am on a weekend PWS black bear hunt...say 3 days afield. Is it necessary to bring salt along? If the hide is properly fleshed, feet out, and ears/lips taken care of, does it need to be salted in the field? I assume early May temps don't pose a problem, but rain could. But rain will also wash of the salt unless doing this under a tarp. So here are my questions:
1) Is salting always required for big game, even when you can get the hide home and dry it properly?
2) In cloudy weather, with temps less than 60 degrees, about how much time will the hide keep without being salted, assuming it is properly fleshed and hanging over a line or rolled up in a game bag?