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Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Jimmy Rimrock, Sep 3, 2021.

  1. Jimmy Rimrock

    Jimmy Rimrock Yeah, they come to snuff the rooster

    Just wondering how difficult it is to get a good tan on a bear. I tan everything else inhouse with safety acid pickle, proper shaving and Lutan with excellent results. I have been shipping bears off to WG for dry tans but would like to avoid the 8 month or so turnaround. What is the best degrease process? I have been using liquid based goo, post pickle on anything greasy; fox, beaver, etc with OK results but not great.

    Hope everybody has a great season, its off to elk camp for me !!

  2. Mandi

    Mandi Well-Known Member

    Everything I researched said never attempt a bear. Well what did I do, I attempted a bear. It turned out great. Now it was a beast and took a lot of time and energy but I do everything by myself and do not have a helper. The weight and size made it difficult but my tan itself was great. Absolutely no slippage, loose hair, great stretch, no tannery damage to worry about. I just used standard salt, pickle, shave, pickle, neutralize, and brush tan. I did mix degreaser into my pickle.

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    If you do decide to shop tan it , don’t worry bout degreasing till your 2nd pickle and after you fully tanned it . There is a degreaser that goes in your pickle . So I’ll do first pickle, then thin where needed, this is where I put the degreaser into pickle for 3 days and agitate it constantly , I then tan cream it , after 6 hours , I wash it again in a degreaser and dawn . Then dry it in towels , then mount or freeze .
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2021
  4. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Bears can be very hard to do and it can take 3-4 degreasing to get them degreased properly. It’s nit rocket science but it does need care.
    One of the best degreaser is sold by tru-bond as you’ll need 90* water agitation to get them degreased properly.
    Yes you may get lucky once or twice but a bear not properly degreased can break down in areas where the grease imbedded itself .
    I use a citric acid ( natural degreaser) and I never rush them as I’ll leave a bear in there 2-3 months at a time, shave, use a degreaser back in the pickle. You have to get those pores open to get them cleaned.
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  5. Jimmy Rimrock

    Jimmy Rimrock Yeah, they come to snuff the rooster

    Thank you for the replies and info.
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