Last year my buddy killed his first black bear. He took it to have a full body mount done, once he found out it was going to cost $2500.00 he changed his mine. I have been fooling around with some taxidermy so I told him I would give it a try if he would help. Well the only form we could get that was close to the right size was way too large and had to have some serious work done on it. I spent several hours shaping the form.
After six or seven test fits it was at last ready to mount. Had to sew up all the cuts and patch one bullet hole. Got him on the form and stated sewing.
Man that sewing sucked, hard to get to and all bent over work. I had to get my buddy and his wife to finish the sewing took them hours, they did a great job. After he got dry I finished the painting and putty work and here he is. After all the work I can see that taxidermist earn their money.