I posted in the hunting forum about shooting my first griz a few days ago. It is my first bear period. I have never skinned a bear but did this one and I think it turned out pretty good. I have never caped a critter either. Just never felt the need to do a head mount. Anyway, I skinned the head very carefully using a scalpel and was careful and think I did good on the eyes. I split the lips all around the mouth as best as I could figure and salted everything real good. I turned the ears but didn't know what to do about the ear cartilage. Whether I should remove it or not. I couldn't remember in what I had read. Anyway, I used the scalpel and removed it. Did I screw up?? From what I can find usually the hide goes to the tanner with the ear cartilage and the taxidermist may or may not remove it.