This maybe a fiercely debated subject but I would like to get to the bottom of it. There are several experienced people here nearly mandating sending your bear out to get tanned professionally. This leads me to think that there is no way to properly degrease the bear at home. This sadly disappoints me because tanning the hides is part of why I do my own taxidermy. I have done my own deer mounts over the last 20 years and have tanned all my hides successfully. I have 3 bears to do now. Two are salted and ready to start the tan process or be shipped out to a tannery..... Can't I just degrease the crap out of it? Is there no hope for a successful home bear tan?? Is the fear based of hassle, time or are there no chemicals good enough for a home degrease? Kemal 4 or Tannery Degreaser are not sufficient? By the way...how the heck to tannerys degrease?? What do they use and why is their process? Why can't I do that at home? My process: 1. Rehydrate 2. Pickle 3 days 3. Shave 4. Degrease, degrease and degrease 5. Pickle again 6. ParaTan 7. Basification (neutralize) 8. Oil Thanks everyone!