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Bear hides

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just wondering what you guys do with your hides if you can't afford to have a mount done?if i am lucky enough to tag one this year i just plan on keeping the skull and maybe the taxidermists usually buy these?or is there a market for them that i am not aware of?i would love to get some kind of mount done,but i got laid off a few months ago and just can't afford it at this time and don't want to waste it.

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Just get the hide tanned and do something with it later after you get back to work.

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Superbee nailed it. Once tanned, you can keep it and wait until you have the funds for a rug or live mount.

A shoulder mount would look nice also and you would only need to have the hide from the front legs forward tanned.

If you were looking to have a rug made, get it tanned and you could hang it on the wall until you were ready to finish it.

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There isn't much of a market for bear hides. I've ended up giving mine away to people who are starting taxidermy when I didn't want the hide.

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