Bear Rug

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Thinking about getting a rug made. Anyone have any recommendations and what the going rate is. Like to have it tanned and have double felt.
 

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No 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.
 

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Are you wanting someone local? Pete Sterling is in southern Maine but he does fantastic work! Has a lot of stuff in Cabelas. His prices are higher but just look at his work...The charge is by the foot...

http://petesterlingtaxidermy.net/index.htm
 

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I just checked for the heck it what one of the local taxidermy shops ( wildlife taxidermy ) are charging this year for bear rugs.

225 dollars a foot and open mouth is 100 extra
 
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Thank you.

Any way you look at it, I'm looking at $1000 or more. No way.
 

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No 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.
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 that
 

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My costs for a 5 ft bear are (tanning and shipping$300)( having the rug professionally sewn and shipping $300) (supplies,rugshell,eyes nose jawset ears and misc. $300 including shipping) aprox 12hrs of my time @ $50/hr=$600. out of that $600 I have my overhead ,elect. ins. heat etc. I charge around $1500 for that rug, not exactly getting rich! This is for a quality rug, not something tanned in shop to save $. again you get what you pay for! You go cheap on taxidermy, you get shit as a result! Pete Lajoie(Gameheads ltd taxidermy)
 

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Most places are either side of $200 a foot JDK. Im guessing your is 5 to 6'. Hang up a 6' picture of you and the bear where the rug would go and call it good!:elmer:
 

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what about a half mount or head mount? Euro mount?
 
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I really haven't given it a lot of thought. My wife wanted a rug until she heard about the price. I was going to throw it out.
 

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Fellow hunters mocked my small bear - until I was charged by the foot!
 

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I skin mine myself and just get the hide tanned. They charged me $225 for a 250 lb bear.
Good idea. Hoping for future success, I didn't want to get many rugs made over the coming years. Its hard to just discard a perfectly good bear hide.
 

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Thanks

That is a lot more doable.
 

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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.

http://www.furtanning.com/tanning-price.htm
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.
 
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