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.
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...