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    Default Grizzly-brown bear taxidermist in alaska

    I have spent hours and days filling throught the threads to try and hunt down the good and the bad on Local Taxidermist and getting some brown bear rugs done. So I wanted to get a good thread going with a title that everyone can effectivly search and use.

    I am looking for somebody in the Anchorage/Wasilla area on up the road to Fairbanks/North pole/Delta.

    Lets keep the comments civil and informative both good and bad, PM with the names of the BAD as they will be blocked by the Moderators in good fasion.


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    Dave at Frontier Taxidermy in Valdez, AK does some of the best rugs I have seen. The padding and felt work is much better than what is used by others. I have 3 rugs and Dave's work is head and shoulders above the others.

    I see you are in the NP area, would be happy to let you see them if you like.









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    steele griz8.jpgsteele griz19.jpgDave McClannahan, Lone Wolf Taxidermy in Eagle River.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    Dave at Frontier Taxidermy in Valdez, AK does some of the best rugs I have seen. The padding and felt work is much better than what is used by others. I have 3 rugs and Dave's work is head and shoulders above the others.

    I see you are in the NP area, would be happy to let you see them if you like.









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    Beautiful trophy, Steve. I really like the closed mouth mount.

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    Great looking bears guys this is what Im talking about Stid Id love to look at your bear sometime this winter, I should be back from this dusty He--Hole of sand soon.

    Keep the info coming in guys I cant wait for spring time and some coastal Brownies
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    Quote Originally Posted by 58dranger View Post
    Great looking bears guys this is what Im talking about Stid Id love to look at your bear sometime this winter, I should be back from this dusty He--Hole of sand soon.

    Keep the info coming in guys I cant wait for spring time and some coastal Brownies
    Anytime, stay safe and we will see you when you get back.

    This is a mountain Toklat grizzly, it was done by BrowTine Taxidermy in Fairbanks, I like the closed mouth better.



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    Yes I have checked out the directory and have contacted several of the listings I have also noticed several of the listed numbers and email links are no good anymore though. http://outdoorsdirectory.com/directory/taxiderm.htm
    Just wanted the actual input from unsolicited clients on the Forum, as refrences given by any business are far and few between if they are bad.
    Keep the comments coming guys spring time is on its way....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 58dranger View Post
    Yes I have checked out the directory and have contacted several of the listings I have also noticed several of the listed numbers and email links are no good anymore though. http://outdoorsdirectory.com/directory/taxiderm.htm
    Just wanted the actual input from unsolicited clients on the Forum, as refrences given by any business are far and few between if they are bad.
    Keep the comments coming guys spring time is on its way....
    You are correct that some of the listings in our directory need to be updated. As I mentioned, we've been working on that for the last few months. We should have everything updated offline shortly, and then will start loading the new info. Shouldn't be too long.

    It might give you better results if you just ask about the services you might use, rather than the whole state. Last time I checked there were over fifty people licensed to do taxidermy in Alaska, and they are scattered around pretty good. That said, Browtine is up your way and has received a number of positive reviews on this site. In the Anchorage area it's hard to beat Knight's. I've sent a lot of clients there over the years and have never had a complaint. And no, I get nothing out of offering the referral.

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    Thumbs up Knight's

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Strahan View Post
    In the Anchorage area it's hard to beat Knight's.
    I second Knight's. Easy to work with, and wonderful work, that WORKS! (What I mean by that, is that you don't want your trophy's hair/fur falling out one year later). Great people to work with. I too have no affiliation with them other than as a customer.

    As long as we're spreading kudos, Moyles (in the lower 48) is a great place to get your hide & fur tanned. I just got one back a few weeks ago; caribou; but it felt like mink. Nice.

    Maybe when Mike's new system is in place, I can offer my input more-properly.

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    Never get tired of recommending Lone Wolf.

    And like Stid, I really think closed mouth is the way to go.

    Bears are just plain cool.
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    Sounds like Lonewolf, Knights, and Frontier are producing some pretty happy customers on here.

    I like the coloring in the mouth of the Lone Wolf open mouth bear you have BILL S. Looks alot more accurate than the Browtine mount to me any how. I am liking the closed mouth bears a bit more and more though.

    Keep themcoming in guys this is great
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    I am a 20 year taxidermist, but I only do fish now. However, I feel that I know who the best ones are at bears so PM me if you like. No benefit to me, just free info for a fellow hunter.
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    Pm sent thanks
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    Woodland Taxidermy in Palmer did great for me.


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    Fosters in Wasilla. Dan is one top notch taxidermist.

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    Thanks for all of the great input on the good and the bad, Keep it coming think were are getting it narrowed down.
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    I've had great dealings with Jesse Dahlberg; he posts on the forum as hoytguy. His work is very good and his communication is absolutely top notch. I've dealt with a number of taxidermists and none have been better staying in touch throughout the process and providing the work as described. He works out of his home in Palmer; certainly worth a phone call.
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    My next door neighbor is very pleased with Foxy Beaver out of Big Lake. Cathy has some awesome work at her place in various stages of progress.

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