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    I'm confident that I will get flamed for this question, bit maybe you guys will hear me out and offer some suggestions also.

    I recently made a career change which has put a financial strain on me for a short time. With that said, I have a bait station that was set prior to me feeling the strain, that is being hit by a very healthy bear that I want to take.

    Ultimately the question is if anyone knows of a taxidermist that takes work in without a 50-60% deposit because I won't be able to cover that for a few weeks yet. After thst point it'll be no real issue but the brown bear season closes may 31st here in 15 over bait

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    Why don't you learn to flesh and salt it proper and then store it until you can afford the deposit?


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    • #3
      That's kind of the realization that I've come to. I'm not sure if anybody I know is knowledgeable in the ways of fleshing and ear turning and lip splitting though

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      • #4
        Shoot it, skin it and freeze it. Take it to the taxidermist when you have $$
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        • #5
          If you were in Anchorage I'd help you with the fleshing. You can go to youtube and see videos of doing it. It is not hard, just takes time and patience.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JR2 View Post
            Shoot it, skin it and freeze it. Take it to the taxidermist when you have $$
            Roll it up and freeze it!
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            • #7
              Skin it, flesh off what you can, salt it, let it drip, freeze. Roll it up and store it in the freezer until you can get it tanned.

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              • #8
                I appreciate the input. I was concerned that I'd get flamed for potentially taking an animal without the funds to follow through with the rugging.

                I had thought about freezing it but I've heard horror stories about freezer burn ruining a hide quickly or the salt preventing the hide from freezing and it spoiling.

                I think I have a game plan now, since I just found out that my buddy is friends with a guy who used to do taxidermy and still has a shop and tons of salt. I'll take it there and flesh it out and just salt it good a few times then store it.

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                • #9
                  Bill, that's very generous of you, I appreciate that

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                  • #10
                    Didn't realize you were in Kenai (taptalk doesn't show locations!), I'd be happy to help you out too, one caveat ahead of time, I have NOT skinned a bear. I have skinned marmots, ermine and a coyote, FYI.

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