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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: What to do with OLD Frozen Bear
Only 1 way to find out- bring the hide to another taxidermist and let them thaw it and see if it is too freezer burned or not. You may have to pay them for their time in trying to open the skin, even if it turns out it is too dry to work with. If it can't be used, you can always ask them to remove and clean the claws and skull ( I assume the head is still in).
Since I am a nut, I actually accept hides like this to see if I can work with them. I think I did a small bear once that was half freezer burned on the main body skin, but paws and head were far enough inside that they resisted drying out after 6 years or whatever it was. I know I have done deer capes that were VERY dry. Last one I got the head skinned and stuff turned using ALOT of Stop Rot to help rehydrate. I did charge a bit extra- it was either get the orginal cape to work, or buy a replacement at same price. I think most hunters would want the actual cape, so I am dedicated to salvage when possible.