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    Default DIY Full Body Black Bear

    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.

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    Great job Steve, I'll be sending you a big one this fall.

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    Of course I can not see the pics at work, but I can't wait to get him home. I may swing by after work and check him out.

    I will second what Steve said about the life size mounting process being some serious work. Total it took 14 hours to sew the bear up. At 1:00 AM in the morning my back hurt so bad from bending over sewing, I had pain running up my spine and my arms were going numb. I was done at 1:00 AM. Luckily my wife stepped in and finished the sewing by 3:00 AM.

    I knew it would take some time from start to finish, but I seriously underestimated the total time.

    Steve put a lot of time and effort into this project for me. Steve helped with the baiting process. Steve was also in his self climber five feet above me when we harvested this bear. Steve was truely there from start to finish.

    I know the shaving process took some time. Maybe throw in here a total time it took us by event. We may be able to save someone some back pain, or let them know what they are getting into when they start a project like this one.

    Reguardless of the back pain the mount means even more to me with this being a truely DIY hunt from a dream to a mount in the living room. I was lucky enough to have a great mentor help me along the entire process.

    Steve, Once again you outdid yourself and I owe you one. Thanks, Rod

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    Thumbs up Just saying thanks for sharing that...

    Mount looks great. Now that's a true DIY from start to finish. Jesse

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    Thanks Rod, I spent about 10 to 12 hours on the form. Here is a picture of the bear after Rod killed it.

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    Very nice mount Steve.
    Heck you should be a pro by now with the skulls,Caribou and Moose mounts you have done and now a full bear mount !!!! When do you open your shop ????
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    Looks good Steve. Rod is definitly getting a good trophy. congrats to both.

    That sewing does suck. It seems like whenever my wife gets to the sewing part I somehow disappear (funny how that works). I dont mind altering forms etc but not sewing.

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    way to go Steve thats pretty sweet.Hey do I regognize that coffe can behind or what?

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    man Steve you are sure coming along as a taxidermist, Rods bear looks great!

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    One thing living in Alaska has taught me and that is you have to learn how to do a little of everything.

    Yea Dan that is the ole Bear Crack coffee can, they can't stay away from it.

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    Default In the living room

    The bear is now resting in my living room. The mount looks awesome. Thanks for all the help Steve.

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    Default Bear in the house

    here is a shot of the bears resting spot in the second living room.
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