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    Default Cool use of Bear Claws,...?? Any Ideas ?

    I've got a Black Bear hide that's not too impressive for Fur Thickness,
    thinking of leaving it hanging in the garage, salted and stretch dried,
    not really worth the expense of tanning

    But I'm wondering if I can do something cool with the claws,
    maybe an awesome, "Hunter necklace" for the boys or something

    Any Ideas? and is there a trick to removing them from a very dry hide? without slashing it all to pcs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakrain View Post
    I've got a Black Bear hide that's not too impressive for Fur Thickness,
    thinking of leaving it hanging in the garage, salted and stretch dried,
    not really worth the expense of tanning

    But I'm wondering if I can do something cool with the claws,
    maybe an awesome, "Hunter necklace" for the boys or something

    Any Ideas? and is there a trick to removing them from a very dry hide? without slashing it all to pcs?
    I'd recommend you check with F&W Protection. Once removed from the hide, how will you prove you didn't just shoot the bear for its claws? Best to go on record with those boys . . . . .

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    How could they prove he did? Just because one person in F&G telled you something does not make it right or wrong.

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    I removed some from feet given to me. Soak them in water in soften the hide and remove with a sharp blade. I made necklaces for my Sisters kids and they loved them.
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    I recently saw a sweet necklace that had the base of a rifle case inserted into the claw and some silver work done and inserted into the grove along the claw and a nice upper ring formed for a chain.
    Since when was utilizing the claws from a legally killed bear considered illegal? You can't sell em, I know that.

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    Why if you can sell the hide and skull (black bear only) can you not sell the claws (under sport hunting regs)? Certainly you can sell them attatched to the hide.

    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/re.../pdfs/bear.pdf
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    I would make a necklace out of them for my wife, wrap it up and give it to her for her birthday or christmas!

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    BB hide is legal to sell. Sell it and buy something useful for the boys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RainGull View Post
    Why if you can sell the hide and skull (black bear only) can you not sell the claws (under sport hunting regs)? Certainly you can sell them attatched to the hide.

    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/re.../pdfs/bear.pdf
    Note that you can sell the hide with claws attached. An atorney might advise you that selling unattached claws is "conspicuous in its absence". I'm only suggesting that one might be well advised to check with the cops. It's free, and takes very little time.

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    That note is strictly for Brown/Grizzly bears. I have seen no such note regarding black bears.
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    My cousin had a oldschool style buckskin trapper shirt made, he used some of his many bear claws as the 'buttons'. It looked awesome, makes for a great story at the bar too........
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    On friend gave black bear claws to members of a Cub Scout troop whose mascot was the black bear.

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    Once removed and cleaned up drill a hole in them and use as zipper pulls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzly 2 View Post
    I'd recommend you check with F&W Protection. Once removed from the hide, how will you prove you didn't just shoot the bear for its claws? Best to go on record with those boys . . . . .
    Which "unsalvaged" bear would they (F&G) compare the claws DNA to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bighorse View Post
    I recently saw a sweet necklace that had the base of a rifle case inserted into the claw and some silver work done and inserted into the grove along the claw and a nice upper ring formed for a chain.

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    Is that claw polished or sealed? Looks like a polished rock.
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    Wow, some Nice ideas here guys, Thanks

    I was gonna ask if it was totally legal, but the discussion went there anyway,....
    I didn't imagine there would be any problem with a Black Bear tho
    (wonder if it's worth stirring up a F&G office with that question,...when it appears clear in the Regs?)

    and Huntak's pic of the necklace with Cartridge Head is just really nice,...
    At this point, I'm thinking of going a little more simple than that,
    thinking of a DIY deal and that is way above my grade, but maybe I'll save some for later
    I like the idea of the Caliber you shot it with, embedded,...

    For now, Anyone have pics or description of just a rawhide lacing between the drilled claws?
    I have seen Southern Native artwork with something like ten claws lined up, spaced a bit, o
    n just a knotted pce of leather,...??

    thanks Steve for the tips on softening,....just what I was lookin' for

    I wonder if there is market for Bear Hide with Claws Removed?
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