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Thread: First bear... Rug or no rug?

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    First bear... Rug or no rug?

    I got my first big game animal this spring which was a black bear and it's not a big boar or anything, just an average bear. Before the hunt I was dead set on doing a rug so I salted and froze the hide. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm wondering if I should just keep the skull and wait for an older boar. I really only plan on doing 1 rug since they aren't cheap. How many of you guys got your first black bear turned into a rug and do you wish you would of waited for an older one? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: First bear... Rug or no rug?

    I wouldnt do a small bear, Do a shoulder mount

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    Re: First bear... Rug or no rug?

    Congrats, I did a bear 20 years ago and sits in my attic space since then, wife likes hunting but the look of that in a residential house, not a chance. Anyone wants a pro done rug, it will be cheap!
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    Re: First bear... Rug or no rug?

    I've never regretted not getting one done...

    Can always have it tanned and then rug or mount it later.

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    Re: First bear... Rug or no rug?

    Gotta get your first one rugged. I got my first done and it wasn’t anything close to a biggie. They look a little bigger when the taxidermist sews on the felt on the back of it.

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    Re: First bear... Rug or no rug?

    If the hide is that good just tan the hide as suggested. Save your money till the right one comes along. Budget for $100/ft for tanning.
    Take a kid hunting its more rewarding than shooting an animal yourself!!

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    Re: First bear... Rug or no rug?

    Never bothered with a rug either. I find the skulls much more appealing.
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    Re: First bear... Rug or no rug?

    I don’t think you should freeze a hide if you’ve salted it. I’d wait for a bigger one.
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    Re: First bear... Rug or no rug?

    I've had several bear hides tanned/rugged. Bear rugs are pretty impractical so I sort of regret them all. One is used in the dog bed.

    But if you are going to get one and only one done to hang on your wall or something, then wait for the perfect one. A big bear with perfect fur.
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    Re: First bear... Rug or no rug?

    If the hide is nice, just get it tanned and drape it over a couch or chair.

    Wait for a big one for a rug.

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