I live in juneau and got black bear hunting and was wondering if anyone has any ideas where to get the tanned. Its well over 500 bucks to make on into a rug down here and I cant afford that so tanning sounds like i could be cheaper. I got one tanned loacally last year and it cost me 350. Was wondering if anyone had anyother ideas about getting them tanned and how much that would cost. What do you need to do if one is going to ship a bear hide. I shipping my trapping hides but they are all dried and cant spoil. Would you have to felsh and dry a bear hide before shipping as well?