Have a bear hide which was a premo late October coastal Brown Bear. Very lovely long hair on it. Was well taken care of in the field, salted proper, drained proper, fleshed, weather was nice and cool.
Needless to say it did not return in good shape at all. I would say it looks more like a late spring bear after it has been all rubbed up on one side. Legs are fine, head is fine, one side is "ok" and one side is just rubbed looking.
I took care of this hide just as I did two prior bears, and both of those bears turned out absolutely wonderful with lush thick hair, just as they were when they were initially taken on the hunt. One of said bears which turned out so good, we were even out in the field longer than we wanted due to being weathered in. So I know it's not me or how I cared for the hide.
The Taxidermist sent the hide out of state, which I know is commonly done, but what jerks my chain is having such a nice bear hide turn out poorly. As a hunter and sportsman, it also makes you feel bad that you even took the animal in the first place because it totally ruins the representation of that animal. My feelings are such because it's my first Brown Bear taken on a hunt and it was a fine large bear for the area it came from.
Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on other taxidermy services?