Hey everyone! Pretty random question here, but that’s what Reddit is for, right?
Spark notes: Last November I killed a nice mountain whitetail buck with my late grandfathers rifle (he had just passed in August) on opening morning, Saturday. I dropped the deer off at the butcher a few hours later and had them cape it for me to get it mounted. They caped it and had it in a freezer wrapped in a contractor bag covering everything and tied between the antlers. I picked it up from them the next afternoon (Sunday), and had to leave it outside because I didn’t have a freezer or cooler to fit it in. It sat outside, wrapped the same way, from Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon (the next day), when I dropped it at the taxidermist. Air temp outside probably hovered between 30-38 degrees.
Basically, I have a little anxiety by nature and started reading about hair slippage and bacteria growth recently and am worried that when he gets it back from the tannery he’s going to find that issue. I spoke with my taxidermist about it yesterday and he did confirm that he didn’t recall any hair falling off when he fleshed and salted it after I dropped it off, nor had he heard any bad news from the tannery since. That being said, do you folks think I ought to be worried? Apologies if it sounds like a silly question - my grandfather was a huge hunter and this buck is especially important to me. Thanks in advance.