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Simple Wall Habitat For Half Mount Bear

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by 13 point, Jul 4, 2020.

  1. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    SO AGAIN BEAR WITH ME ( lol ) on this post as I’m doing it from my phone and I want to keep pics in order .


    So I mounted bear and got the basic size for the board I would need to make it . I cut a 3/4 pcs of ply and padded it with 2x3 on the back side top and bottom for it to hold hangers . I put the hangers on the back at 16inches apart on base and one at top to hold bear , so it’s a 3 point hanging system, I’ll get back to that later . Then I hung the the bear to get an idea of where the hanger has to be and where the foot would hit on the ply also I trace where I can put rocks and trees and such , On these kind of mounts I don’t bolt the foot down, I hang it so it kinda sits on top of the base . So I cut the Allthread off leaving bout 2 inches so it sits down inside an old socket that I glue to ply so it’s a true fit every time and doesn’t move when hung and set in place . Hope your following me . The objective to this is to keep this thing as lite as possible. I had some old foam from forms and such that I cut down and glued to the bottom of ply then (to save a little)I pour 2 part foam to fill in and get texture kinds thing . I then flipped it back over and layed things out where I traced . My client brought a pcs of wood ( log ) home from the hunt that he wanted me to incorporate into the scene. To save weight I drilled it out making it as light as possible. I then glued and screwed all the main components in place and poured foam to lock in and give contour.

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  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    After the foam hardened I cut and sanded to shape then painted the whole thing black , taping off what I wanted to stay clean . Sorry no pics of that but self explanatory. I wanted the bottom to be clean so I made it to look like a rock . Turning base back over I used rock mix and pasted it all over the bottom and around edges up to the top , after it kicks I shape contour , smooth and color so it looks like a rock . I then mix what I call clean dirt , pete moss , leaves all crunched into little pcs , sheet moss , Spanish moss and some reindeer moss all cut up and mixed well . Then I mix 70-30 Elmer’s glue to water blending together and I start adding the clean dirt to make a paste . I spread that out on top and then lightly dust with more clean dirt . I next add a few pine cones and trees for contour and movement by drilling a hole deep as possible without going thru ply bottom and 5 min epoxy them in , I throw a little dirt at bottom of tree before glue kicks off . In my opinion always use odd numbers . As in 3 pine cones 3 upright ( stump and trees ) 3 rocks . Better balance that way .


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  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Now I move base back over to wall or mounting wall to make sure it locks on hangers and Bear is level when hanging in place , with foot touching but not really any weight on base . You guys are probably saying how the hell is the client going to know where to put the hangers. Here is how . Let’s go back to the beginning to get to the end . I put a level line on my mounting wall and I spaced the base hangers 16 inches a part . The male part of the hangers was put on the base so it would lock down and be level when inserted into place , I put the bear in place and marked where it’s hanger had to be to make it hang correctly when base was finished and screwed it in . So all hangers are on mounting wall and after everything was done, I rehung everything back on wall to ck for alignment. All was good so I took base and bear off and set aside . I put top left and right on hangers as the hung , Now I took a non stretching string (waxed heavy thread ) and tide it to each hanger tite going in a triangle shape from one to another tying it not looping it so it don’t move. Now to rehang on another wall just as the client will . I will tell my client take a level and draw 2 marks 16inches apart where he wants to hang this , now take one of the hangers and screw it on that level line pull the other hanger tight and drew it to the opposite level line , now take the top hanger and pull it up tight into place and screw it in . Cut string off as all hangers are in place to rehang his mount and enjoy . More pics to follow BF3C10F8-07A8-434A-8EFC-E8E48CD939C1.jpeg F5B1E619-38C1-44FE-A041-11C8CE6812EB.jpeg A2642862-D253-4047-9B46-7C0CC57184FA.jpeg A46EA745-178D-449C-9CDE-D0264E682F5D.jpeg BB9FD04C-73F2-481F-911D-B9BB0EFBA1FD.jpeg B12E24FF-DC7C-48CD-BDFF-1DB6B4D034EC.jpeg D7CF64D0-3101-45DB-A89F-32BDE82CE7B0.jpeg 2750A758-336E-434A-9C4B-9DB86B828B0E.jpeg 0DFAC0E3-7E86-469E-9C9C-A48F2E0E27A2.jpeg CFADCC43-3581-4FDC-BDE7-E78C17E8C5F7.jpeg
     
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  4. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Hope you understand all and enjoy it . I mount things like this so shipping or moving it is simple . Two pcs that can come apart and be put back together with ease , can you imagine trying to move this with 1 leg bolted to base , you would have to make a back board that is really not nessassarry . 01353674-5E45-46D1-BFA5-4672C74BD0CD.jpeg 68D00442-C29F-4BE2-97FD-30BB76AACF89.jpeg B9D6FA55-90F1-43C4-B7F0-92018E758B2C.jpeg AFDFD5E6-EC2C-462A-8A25-BA0FEF58B81A.jpeg EBAF7390-3915-40EA-8BA3-AA633CB68579.jpeg 194C8544-696C-45F2-B7AD-13837A502F5C.jpeg B5BA214A-AB9E-4949-BBF6-E446DAE125DF.png B6B32F55-9500-4DDD-B9B3-00D570E4D7D8.jpeg
     
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  5. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
     
  6. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    So cool. Thanks for sharing!
     
  7. bigbrowns

    bigbrowns New Member

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    This is extremely helpful! Thank you very much!!!
     
  8. woakley144

    woakley144 Active Member

    I've got a 1/2 body Aoudad that I have been trying to figure out a base and hanger system for!! This is a great idea and should help tremendously! THANKS FOR SHARING!!!!!
     
  9. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    That's some great info. The string trick is pretty ingenious. I have always put a sheet of cardboard on the wall behind the hangers and transferred the layout to it. That gets sent home with the client to use as a template.
     
  10. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Glad you guys are getting some help out of my post . Glad to share
     
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