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Loose/missing Black Bear Ear Butt

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by rossco, Feb 24, 2019.

  1. I have black bear that the ear butt clay went missing in action on. I am not sure if it fell out during mount up or what. However, it clearly isn't there anymore and I cant take the hide off to replace it. I was thinking of mixing bondo/resin weak, thicker and injecting it or injecting some silicone to harden in there. I would say its about half the clay that went missing. This is obviously a less than idea situation and figured someone has dealt with it. What have some others done?
     
  2. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Can you get clay down into the ear a little bit at a time. That would be my attempt of replacing what is missing. Injecting silicone might work, but I'd say absolutely no to the bondo idea.
     

  3. I agree on getting the clay through the ear canal a little at the time. May have to open it up a little more. I'm afraid the silicone might ooze back out. If the bondo didn't get shaped right away you'd have a bigger mess than now.
     
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Make a cut behind the ear pack clay in sew up and shape it, you're overthinking it.
     
  5. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    If I couldn't get it through the ear canal as others have posted, then I would do it exactly as 3bears.
     
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't even had a second thought. Whip out the scalpel and slice the back of the ear butt skin open and pack it with clay. I have done this so many times when I wasn't completely satisfied with the ear butt outcome.
     
  7. John L

    John L Active Member

    Got a pic?