Could not agree more, I have one at the taxi now. 30 bucks a linear foot here. My 1/2 mount on a log is 1100. Crazy I can't almost get 4 deer mounts for thatNo idea on the going rate, but personally I would get a closed mouth. Open mouth looks unnatural to me. I also like the double felt, green over black seems to look good.
You beat me to it. Just have the hide tanned, and save the skull as a separate trophy. This tannery charges $30/foot for bear hide tanning.I skin mine myself and just get the hide tanned. They charged me $225 for a 250 lb bear.
This is obviously mail-order. Do you know anybody local to New Hampshire? Still, its a good price. I wouldn't trust myself to cape a bear, but I think my butcher includes that in the price.