The summer before last I fulfilled a dream of shooting a griz with my bow. I had posted a couple pics of it along with the very intense story so I thought I would post a followup.
Here is the initial pic.
My wife works with Scott Schumway, an amazing taxidermist and great friend. After he heard about my hunt he asked my wife to have me bring it by and he would show me how to flesh the hide.
Well, one thing led to another and I decided to try and mount the bear myself with him looking over my shoulder. That being said I wanted something different and special since this was my first archery griz (but definitely not the last!). It was not a large griz at 6'4" so I decided to wait for a bigger one to rug.
We talked about it for a while and I poured through his form and taxidermy magazines. After all of it I decided that I had never seen a pedastal griz head and shoulders mount so that is what I wanted. Then I decided that I didnt want a full open growling mouth, but I didnt want it closed either so I picked a panting mouth since that was the last view I had of him before the shot! He laughed at me and told me that would be a heck of a project for a first attempt, but that it was do-able.
To get started I ordered the only body that I could find that would work for both position and size. It was a large black bear half life size body in a laying down position. I had to chuck the head and find a griz head that would fit his measurements and graft it on. After lots of cutting and carve work I got it to fit in the position I was looking for and pinned it.
The next step was to start foaming the head to the body to make it look like it was suppose to be there!
Then I did an initial test fit of the hide.