I apologize if that has been covered but I did search through some old threads to make sure it wasn't too recent or obvious. I might be being optimistic but I want to know the proper way to care for a deer hide in the field. If I do happen to down a buck this year, it would not only be my first archery deer but my first buck period and I would like to save the hide to make a blanket or quiver or something cool like that. Growing up, we never used the hides so I just never saw how to do it right.
From what I have read online, all you need to do is clean the hide really well and pack it with salt. What is not clear to me are the following:
1.) Should the hide be rolled up or does it need to be exposed to air? If it needs to be exposed, how should it be transported in the truck bed?
2.) How soon does the hide need to be taken to the processor?
3.) What are any tricks or hints that y'all have come up with to get better/more efficient results?
I'm not worried about the cape or anything because I am going to just euro mount the head. Thanks in advance for any help on this one!