I am going bear hunting this season in NC (can't wait!!) but I need help with cutting the bear for a wall mount trophy. Do I make the same cuts I would on deer by capping and cutting off the neck or is there something else I should do with bear?
For a shoulder style wall mount you start just like you would when caping a deer but stop the neck incision well down on the back of the neck below the base of the skull,then pull the hide foward over the head cutting the flesh and fat just under the hide to release it,just keeping pulling foward and cutting and it will slip off,when you het to th lips make sure and get the whole lip including the gum portion inside the mouth,be extra careful around the eyes and the corners of the mouth.
So lemme get this strait. I am not taking anything other than the hide for a wall mount? Not the head, teath, etc.? So if not I take it the taxidermist will not only make the head mold but the teath too?
rgr that the mouth,teeth ect are replicas that he orders to fit the siz e of the bear,you can remove the head after you skin it and boil it to remove the flesh,cut off anything you can before you begin,after boiling and scraping of everything with a wire brush give it a 50% bleach bath while scrubing it with a brilo pad to remove the oil that is in the bone,this will produce a nice white skull to display.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...