I did a rug of my first black bear last year that turned out pretty good. There are however two places near the belly that had pretty thin hair. How would you recomend that I dye the leather at those spots.
It should have been dyed before it was mounted. You use leather dye and it is appied to the back side of the hide. At this point, you can try leather paint that you can buy from places like Jonas Supply. It works very well, just spray it on, let it dry and then wipe off the excess that got on the hair. It works much like spray paint.
Remember a few important points before dyeing Your leather finally.
* Wash the rug firstly with leather bleach to make it clean.
* Try the dye on a patch of leather, to verify how exactly does it look after drying up.
* Make sure the color dye is compatible with the leather material of rug.
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...