First, some business - Please note that we will only be accepting bears until July 1, 2016. We have limited freezer space and need to thaw, flesh and salt bear hides as soon as they arrive. Bears brought in the summer months are difficult to thaw safely in hot weather and we don't want to risk spoilage due to uneven thawing. We will resume taking in bears September 1, 2016.
If you did get a bear this year, congrats! We noticed bear season was a little slower this year, probably due to the recreational ATV ban. I am impressed by the number of hard core bear hunters that still went out. One of our clients and his buddy had to pack his bear out of the bush tied to a pole, pioneer style. Talk about committing to the hunt, lol. If you were lucky enough to get a bear this year and you are not sure what you want to do with it, consider a half life-size mount. They take up less space than a rug, are more life-like and cost significantly less than a life-size mount. We can also include some habitat as well. It is an especially good option for a bear with a white chest patch that would otherwise be split when rugged, or if your bear has some rub spots on the back half. Here's a pic of a beautiful half that Curt just finished for a client.