Going on a bear hunt soon and was wondering what is the best way to skin for one of those half mounts with the front legs on the mount. Do I cut up the belly and then down the legs, or just cut it down the back to the base of the head? Thanks for any help.
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Bill, get with the taxidermist that you are going to have mount your bear, and they will tell you how they'd like it skinned.
I charge extra if they are cut down the legs and belly for a half mount but some guys want them skinned that way,so it's best to check with whoever you're going to use.
Cut it dorsal - up to the back of the head. Then pull the hide over the front legs - like your removing your socks. You'll have to make short incisions - maybe 6 inches from the pads up the wrists to disconnect the feet from the carcass.