Congrats! You've won the lottey and are about to spend a lot of time and money in your quest. In all your planning, carve out a little time to line up and talk to a taxidermist - any good taxidermist - well before you head out. He or she will be happy to give you some tips on skinning, field care, and transport that will increase the odds that your hard-won trophy will come through in great shape.

There are a lot of really good taxidermists in Alaska who are familiar with the hard hunt conditions and species up here, so talk to one (or several). Don't wait until you have an animal down on the mountain and think, "Now what?"

Good Luck!!