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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2011, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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What to do with OLD Frozen Bear

I gave a frozen bear hide and a downpayment, to a taxidermist about 8 years ago. It was never returned. Only excuses were given when I questioned the status or delivery date. I'm going to pick up the hide now and I'm unsure if there is any hope in getting a rug made or is the hide too old. Can anyone let me know if the hide is able to be tanned after such a long "freeze"?

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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.
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Re: What to do with OLD Frozen Bear

Thanks for the input FTW,

I like the idea of doing the skull and I believe on of the sponsers does beetle cleaning. I dont understand what can be done with the claws, though. Can you explain??

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Re: What to do with OLD Frozen Bear

You can make a necklace with them and hang them by the skull.
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Re: What to do with OLD Frozen Bear

Bear claws are/were considered "hunter/warrior gear" by the Indians. Most often the men made necklaces with them to show how manly they were LOL. Unless the bear is their totem/spirit guide animal, then it is a personal thing. None-the-less I used to go goo-goo over them at the pow wows my parents took me to as a kid. I have a collection of them now, black bear claws of various sizes, an old polar bear claw, and some grizzly claws ( plus various other animal claws including african lion).

Google "bear claw necklace" and look at pics of them. Some are pretty cool looking.
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Great idea FTW. It wont be for casual Friday but look good hanging next to the bleached skull. ThaNKS

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