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    Default My archery griz and my first attempt at taxidermy

    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.

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    Then I modified the mouth with the panting mouthpiece and did the finish work on the eyes, nose and mouth.



    Next I did the initial trimming of the hide, and shaved the thickness of the eyelids, nose and lips to make the best possible lifelike look. Scott said that is what really sets apart the lifelike mounts from the avererage taxidermy.



    Then the next step after I had the eyes, lips, ears and mouth glued to the blank I had to finish fitting the hide and stitch it up.

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    It was really starting to take shape after everything was glued and pinned in place. It took many, many hours of fine detail work to try and make it look as lifelike as possible.





    Rather than put felt in the back of the mount I wanted to use his own hair since it had those cool blond highlights all down his back. To do that I had to do lots of grafting, trimming and stitching to make it wrap around and look right.

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    And after many more hours of detail clay work to blend the lips, eyes and ears to the mount and a final air brushing this is the finished product. My future plans are to build some sort of burl pedastal, but he looks good in the living room for now!





    Fits in nicely!

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    Very impressive Sir, wonderful Job looks awesome and very unique!!!!

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    Congrats on both aspects of your journey!!

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    Wow, awesome job, very impressive indeed!

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    Nice job, love the goat, and thanks for the service

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    Hunt N Photo,

    Thats a nice pedestal mount, especially for your first time dabbling in Taxidermy......congrats on the archery Griz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fergy View Post
    Nice job, love the goat, and thanks for the service
    the goat? i can only assume your talking about the last picture... not a goat

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    Congrats on the archery bear AND doing such a great job on your mount! Scott is a class act and you are lucky to have had him helping you out. Well done.


    Quote Originally Posted by aktyler View Post
    the goat? i can only assume your talking about the last picture... not a goat
    That is a great pronghorn (aka speed goat). Is he a bow kill also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 375JDJ View Post
    Congrats on the archery bear AND doing such a great job on your mount! Scott is a class act and you are lucky to have had him helping you out. Well done.

    That is a great pronghorn (aka speed goat). Is he a bow kill also?
    Yes, the pronghorn was a bow kill from my days stationed in South Dakota. I definitely feel blessed to have met Scott!
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    Nice job Cory

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    Wow Cory you did a great job way to take on a project like that and see it to the end! I was starting to wonder when your grizz would pop up.

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    Ya, it took me a while, but I was learnin! So that the excuse I'm stickin to!
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    Looks great congrats

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    SUWEEET! Really nice effort. I'd be scared to death to make a mistake that could not be fixed. Interesting mount also. Once your done w/ the stand/backdrop/burl it'd be nice to see some more photos.
    Thanks for sharing,
    ARR

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    Great mount, especially for your first time doing taxidermy. I especially like the pose you chose for him with the panting mount. Posing him similar to how he was before the kill. Great work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ak River Rat View Post
    SUWEEET! Really nice effort. I'd be scared to death to make a mistake that could not be fixed. Interesting mount also. Once your done w/ the stand/backdrop/burl it'd be nice to see some more photos.
    Thanks for sharing,
    ARR
    Thanks everyone! I will make sure I post some pics after I find a nice burl this spring!
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