Hello all, I am going on my first NY black bear hunt next weekend and want to be prepared for success. I have found conflicting advice across the web on how to handle the hide post harvest. I will not be in a remote area but will not have access to a large freezer right away, just ice. My plan is to skin the bear as soon as possible leaving paws and head skinned (i do not feel comfortable attempting this). From there I have a large 5 day 120qt cooler to cool and store the bear in with lots of ice. I have purchased Alaska guide game bags to store the hide in so that it can breath, but stay protected and will keep all ice double bagged to keep the hide from coming in contact with water. At the most it will be 1.5 days until I can get the hide home into a freezer (head and paws attached and un-skinned). I have read not to roll and not to wrap the head into the hide. I believe I can fold and still have room in my stand up freezer...but I'm not sure about the cooler. My taxidermist said roll so the skin/fat is on the outside, I've also read to do it the other way... salting is out because I don't feel comfortable skinning the head. So really... what is the right way to properly preserve a black bear with head/paws in tact using a freezer? Really appreciate the advice.