Hello, my buddy and I just filled our DM798 cow tag this weekend. Let me give you the details of the hunt, he shot our cow at 10:00, perfect shot to the neck that dropped her like a bag of rocks with one shot. She passed maybe 2 minutes after he shot her with no meat damage. She was a beautiful cow, healthy and fat, maybe 800-900 or so pounds. We had her quartered completely by 15:30, and had her hanging to cool by 16:30, this was Saturday in Delta Junction. Saturday night the wind was blowing in our camp steadily at 15-20mph with frequent gusts to 50mph. The ambient temp's were probably 30-35 F, so the meat cooled quickly and was quite cool this morning.
Now she is hanging in my friends shed in East Anchorage, per Mesonet (great site: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/mesonet.php ) it is 47 right now at 22:00, not the ideal temperature. Over the next couple days it is supposed to get to around the low 50's during the day and around 40 at night, this is also not ideal aging temps from what I understand.
So what should we do with our moose? Clean her tomorrow and take her to the butcher Tuesday? Let her hang for a couple days and butcher her on Wednesday evening? Any suggestions and opinions are greatly appreciated.