On memorial day 2011 I shot a nice 6+ sow up in fairbanks thanks to a help of a forum member on here and his excellent hospitality. The bear was dropped at 1:47AM and within a hour was already at the house on the table being skinned and butchered. As soon as the hide was removed it was chilled to prevent slippage and I started my trek back to Anchorage. After arriving home I spoke to a few taxidermists and after speaking with ***** at ****** ********** I went that route (mistake #1 not doing full research on the person taking control of my trophy). early the next morning I delivered the rug and placed my deposit. ***** assured me the rug would be done before thanksgiving so I would be able to enjoy it prior to departing to Afghanistan for deployment. Over the months we exchanged a few emails and I was trying to see how the rug was turning out. It took a act of god (me posting a has anyone seen this guy thread on this forum) before I actually received more fluent contact with *****. June rolls around the rug is due to be finished and shipped (took about 2 weeks longer to ship than he originally told me), many threats were made as well about removing my thread on this site trying to scare me by saying he was going to sue me for slander, contact the JBER post commander and CSM the list goes on (I have the emails if anyone is honestly interested in reading through the babble). Finally the rug ships and arrives in Seattle (sent to a family members house as my wife and I were both deployed). 2 weeks later my wife arrives in Alaska and the rug is sent back up with my daughter on her flight up.
Last night my wife decided to send me photos of the rug (she was reluctant as she knows I was concerned with the quality after all the fiascos we had with *****). upon opening the emails that had the photos my jaw dropped. ***** had told me in a email that the hide had some "slight" slippage that occurred at the tannery but he successfully repaired it and it looked great and all his customers felt the same way. When I saw the hide my gut went sour and I honestly felt like I had been raked over hot coals. So according to ***** a area about 6x6 and a area of about 1 inch by 2 inches is "slight" slippage and his idea of repairs it (i see no signs of repair honestly) looks wretched. I honestly am so upset by this I will not be hanging this wonderful animal on my wall and am now looking at other options (half rugging it or possibly finding another company that can repair it).
Here are the photos of what "quality" is to *****.
sorry for the poor quality photos (taken by my wifes cell phone).
Now the question is do you know of any taxidermist who would feel comfortable patching the areas that are now balding like a middle aged lawyer?
Also here are a few emails from ****** about the slippage.
***** ******* Jul 12
Ryan I told you we were shutting down for two weeks.
Tuesday when I woke my left eye had an infection. Today I'm working and mailing your package.
I will have a tracking number shortly.
Please understand I gave your bear the same attention to detail I give all clients. I'm happy with it as is all my clients who have seen it. I placed the largest rug shell for black bears there is.
There were a couple areas where the fur slipped but was able to patch nicely.
The skull turned our nicely also with no residue left from fat nor any tooth crack age.
I will email again later with the info.
Ryan Libby Jul 12
So then *****, how many patches of fur slipped as you had the bear at your shop the day after it was killed and it had been cooled literally an hour after it was shot and skinned. It just seems odd as 2 weeks ago you said it would ship on wed. now we are sitting further into the month and it still has not shipped. My wife will be back in AK in 2 weeks so just refund the shipping and I will have my rear D commander come pick it up and hold it for me.
***** ******* Jul 12
Ryan the bear is shipped.
The slippage was due to whatever reason through the tanning phase which I have no control. It was a typical slippage we see on the occasion. It covered and it is not visible.
I was going to offer assistance in a drop off hunt for caribou off the hall road in the future if your interested. I own partnership in a plane up there in happy valley out of Deadhorse.
Ryan Libby Jul 13
Well ***** I do hope it turned out as you say I would hate to hang a bear that looks like a aging 50 yr old redneck with a balding pattern.
***** ******* Jul 13
The bear will get you compliments for many years. Guaranteed.
Hunts aren't cheap. But I can get you dropped off on a caribou hunt. You just have to get there.