If logistics are everything, then recognizing that there will be unanticipated expenses can be categorized as significant. Topping the list is making a plan for your meat, hides, and antlers. Make no mistake, every year folks are left sitting at the airport with a thawed cape and pile of meat pondering their next move. Whether it’s a local processor, loading coolers, or hiring out a service like Alaska Trophy Express to ship meat and trophies back home to you, have your plan in place. When you plan your flights to and from Alaska, permit enough time to handle things like this. This past fall, I helped a fellow out who unknowingly had booked his return flight home on a day that the Air Cargo office was closed, so he could not forward his salted cape to the expediter. I once met a couple of hunters on their way to the airport to collect their caribou heads and capes for prepping, only to find that they had meat from four bulls and no idea what to do with it. Fortunately, I had plenty of room in my freezer at the time. Have a plan and have a backup plan. Make those phone calls well-in-advance.