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Looking 4 a 78" black bear form

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by mimes, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. mimes

    mimes Member

    First lifesize bear for me and it is a 500lber.......n-t 78" Girth 56.5" .....e-n 6"

    Have looked in all the catalogs I have and Mckenzie is the closest at around $600! Anyone else have any suggestions for a black that size? thanks
  2. backstapwillie

    backstapwillie 2011 Montana Bow kill

    Heres a few from Van Dykes that would work with a little bit of altering. All around $400.





  3. Knapton's Studios in Dunchurch Ontario , Canada
  4. hoytman

    hoytman UTA Member

    It shouldnt matter how much a forms cost, find one that is the right pose or close, close to the right size and alter it.. if you charged accordingly, the customer is paying for the form anyway so the cost shoudnt be a surprise.
  5. 2nd on Knaptons. Great selection
  6. coyote4

    coyote4 Member

    Are your measurements off the carcass or tanned hide? If off the carcass was it a spring bear?
  7. mimes

    mimes Member

    carcass measurements....bear was killed 4 days ago. I agree Hoytman, but if i can find the same pose/size at $400 versus $600 ...........
  8. Jim Kimball

    Jim Kimball New Member

    mimes.... This being your first black bear life-size you need to realize with a bear that size and measurements you are NOT going to be able to find a form that you can take out of the box and put a skin on it without doing ALOT of work to get it to fit..

    So what I'm saying is.... Get over trying to save money on the form... and order the form thats going to take the least amount of labor and supplies to get it to work for the skin you have..

    In my opinion lifesize bear mounts... are the easiest mount there is to lose money on.. You needed to charge at least $3000.00 for a bear that size.. mount only.. base work extra.. to have a chance of making any money of this project..
  9. Jim B

    Jim B Active Member

    I have mounted on the big McKenzie 76" and 78" forms,several times and was able to mount right on with no changes except to expand the head a little.I can't say that about many bear forms I have used.Those forms were sculpted from a big,550 lb North Carolina bear.I have mounted smaller brown bears than that.I had less labor involved in mounting those bears than many that were half that size.It wasn't that many years ago that there were absolutely no forms for bears like that.We had to radically alter a black bear or grizzly form and those type bears were twice the amount of work as any other black bear.Feel lucky that you can get a form like that.