Sending along an FYI for all those interested in learning, in person, how to PROPERLY skin a bear for taxidermy purposes!
God willing, I will have a whole black bear to use for instruction (if not, then the class specimen will be a coyote) . Class will cover all the do's and don'ts of skinning a bear for a rug, a lifesize, or a shoulder mount. And yes, each type of mount has it's own type of skinning cuts. After skinning, I will show how to skin the feet, the head, and turn ears, lips, and nose. Learning to do these is important if you are going to be out in the field for an extended period. Also we will discuss proper field care, storage, and skinning equipment (knives and knife sharpeners)
Everyone who attends the class will receive my favorite type of skinning knife. A victorinox.
This class is limited to 10 people. For more information please go to http://www.alaskawildliferugs.com/News.html
If there is enough interest, I may have a women's only class as well! I would certainly love to help more women become comfortable with the 'aftermath' of the hunt!
BTW - in my career as a taxidermist, I have fleshed and prepped out somewhere in the neighborhood of 600-800 bears. Possibly more. (I lost track about 8 yrs ago. LOL)