The Alaska Field Care Manual is a two-part series on the field care of Alaska big-game meat and trophies. This series addresses the most significant difficulties Alaska hunters face in preventing meat spoilage. It also spells out all the things you need to know about fleshing your capes and hides.
Volume 1 begins with the science behind proper field care, together with the most common causes of spoilage. It outlines the three primary rules for meat care on remote hunts.
This book simplifies the legal considerations, including tagging and documenting your kill. It covers the evidence of sex requirements and Alaska’s bone-in requirements. It also discusses what to do with spoiled meat in the field, transferring game meat to another person, and transport requirements.
There’s an entire chapter on pre-hunt planning. It covers all the arrangements you must make with the meat processor and taxidermist. It also discusses all the transport issues involved in getting your meat and trophies home.
From there, we go into a detailed discussion of all the tools needed. On an Alaska hunting expedition, running out to the store for supplies isn’t an option. This section covers everything you need to care for meat and trophies in camp, including salt quantities required for each species.
An entire section focuses on each of Alaska’s big game species. Each one presents unique challenges in skinning, prepping, and meat care. This section reveals how to address those differences in field conditions.
There’s a chapter dedicated to making the shot. It covers the best rifle calibers for Alaska game, and which bullets to use for reduced meat damage. There’s a chart of recommended calibers for each species.
The final chapter discusses wildlife diseases and parasites of concern, and the impact of those issues on meat quality.
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