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Has anyone ever done a full body bear mount?
« on: April 25, 2007, 03:32:44 PM »
Preparing to do a full body bear mount, have got all the measurements, and preparing to buy form (walking on all fours), hide paste, eyes, etc...  Was curious to know if anyone has done this before and any precautions they might offer prior to starting.  I will post pictures when its done, possibly as I go (assuming it goes smooth).  Any advice would be appreciated. 

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Re: Has anyone ever done a full body bear mount?
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2007, 03:50:25 PM »
That is quite a project!  Is this your first attempt at taxidermy, as in mounting an animal?  I have done several life size animals and you are lucky if everything fits right.  Are you repared to make modifications to the form?

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Re: Has anyone ever done a full body bear mount?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2007, 05:01:07 PM »
Bear are quite a challenge.  If you are not used to tanning or handling hides, you may want to send it off to be tanned.  Their greasy nature makes it more difficult than say a deer.  Fun adventure though and the only way to learn is to do it.  I wish you luck.  Make sure you have some bondo on hand for modifications of the form in case you have to shorten a limb or something.  Michelle is correct about they rarely fit properly.  Lookin ofrward to your pics.

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Re: Has anyone ever done a full body bear mount?
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2007, 05:09:36 PM »
Yes, I will also be looking for pics and updates on this project.




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Re: Has anyone ever done a full body bear mount?
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007, 07:25:40 AM »
Thanks for the helpful tips and thoughts.  I will have to make sure I get some bondo.  As far as taxidermy experience, I have mounted several ducks and geese, and assisted on some head mounts, but no life size mounts as of yet. I've worked part time for a while for a local taxidermist.  So I have a few resources if needed. The bear has been commercially tanned and has been resoaked and stretched for "proper measurements" :dunno: I'm sure the mount will not be competition quality, but I'm excited and nervous to start such a project.  And I will post some pictures when its done.j

Thanks again for all thoughts and tips.

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Re: Has anyone ever done a full body bear mount?
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007, 09:56:53 AM »
Its  a fun undertaking and will be very satisfying when done.

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Re: Has anyone ever done a full body bear mount?
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2007, 07:57:38 PM »
How big is this bear?  Be careful not to over streach the bear when you are measuring it.  If you over streach the length the girth will shrink.  You over streach the girth and the hight will shrink.  I hope you understand what I am saying.  If you over streach both while measuring it will look like your bear is bigger than it realy is.


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Re: Has anyone ever done a full body bear mount?
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2007, 03:38:24 PM »
The bear was just shy of six ft from nose to tail when I skinned him.  But after the tan he is about 5'5".  I completely understand what you are saying about stretching length will shorten girth.  Good Point.  These are the types of things I am look to learn prior to starting.  Thanks guys!

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Re: Has anyone ever done a full body bear mount?
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2007, 07:46:07 AM »
Tanning is going to shrink any hide!  You need to streach the hide once it comes back from the tannery.  Which tannery did you send the bear too?  Did you get girth and length measurments befor you skinned the animal? 

 


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