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Moose Cape Preservation.

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Jean M, Sep 14, 2023.

  1. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    Hey guys, I'm headed up north on a moose hunt, should one of us be lucky enough to get a good bull, I would consider keeping a cape.

    Since we are unguided, we need to bring our own gear, saws, ropes, tarps, etc to deal with meat.
    Flying in, weight considerations will not allow for 20lbs of salt, so I'm packing a bottle of Stop Rot, a fleshing knife and scalpel to prep the hide.

    I am guessing my best strategy is to: (#1,deal with meat)
    Cool the hide laid open overnight, work at fleshing it the next day, spraying it with Stop Rot as I go, to be on the safe side.

    Temperatures will be variable, like 60 during the day, to 40 at night.

    Any other advice?
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  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    How much salt do you think you could bring? It doesn't take 20 lbs to salt a moose cape if rubbed in well. The stop rot is a good choice. If it were me I would try to bring as much salt as possible and try to get that cape fleshed, salted and dry as possible. Wet or raw they weigh a bunch and weight restrictions are on the flight out as well. I always pack at least a 6x8 tarp anywhere I'm going, they have many uses so, have a small tarp or sheet of plastic that you can salt it on, that way you can contain the salt and not waste it.
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  3. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    I think I will bring a couple of bags with about 5 lbs each. I'll see what the pilot says for our weight when we get to air base. Easy to toss in.
    I'm used to rubbing salt in really well, then having a good layer spread on top, so I'm guessing about 10 lbs would do a hide that size for 1 salting. I can always resalt when I get back home of needed.
    Tarps already packed.

    Would you Stop Rot, then apply salt?

    Either way, thinking I would for sure Stop Rot on the hair side of muzzle, ears etc.
    Done that with bears thawing before skinning heads.

    Thanks for taking the time 3bears.
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Yes, I would stop rot any part I could, that chit works but then salt as usual. I don't spray it to the fur side unless there is an area that I am worried about, nasty bullet hole. If you have the time, turn and flesh and salt or just dry. Air dried is what the fur industry is built on. Keep it in a cool, dry location and you should be fine. If possible, prevent any flies from laying eggs on it, but even if that happens, as long as they don't hatch prior to you getting back to shop and finishing the salting process, you should be fine. good luck and I await pictures of your success. Stay safe and make memories.
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  5. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    No expectation of returning with a "trophy". Memories, pictures, meat and fish are the focus.
    Rag horns beware...

    All that said, one never knows what lurks in the bush up there.

    Thanks again for your advice and well wishes!
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  6. Good luck Jean!
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  7. krollh

    krollh Active Member

    I made out alright in the past without salting with moose capes until after leaving the back country. I fleshed/turn them out real well. Face and all. Takes a chunk of time. Treat them like your meat. Hang in the shade and let air circulate around it. Keep cool and dry.
    If you have room for a couple lbs, a little salt can go a long way if you flesh good. Better than a lot of salt on top of a thick layer of meat. I'm a fan of Stop Rot also, so sounds like your covered.
  8. dihard

    dihard aim small miss small

    I just returned from a caribou hunt had a bottle of stop rot and salt after arriving at camp found out there was a freezer .fleshed hide best I could with mini flesher applied stop rot and froze the hide. Do you know where the term piss poor originated from ? Google it not saying it’s your solution
  9. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone for your advice.
    I'll file it for next year, as a bull moose was not in the cards for me on this trip.

    I did however, get to watch a Woodland Caribou bull walk by at 40 yds, then swim across a narrow bay. Impressive animal.

    Estimated population is only about 1500 in Manitoba, so that encounter was a highlight for sure.