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Old 04-04-2012, 05:19 PM
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MT Bear Questions

Hey Gents...

I had a couple questions for Montana hunters (but I welcome all advice from hunters from everywhere)... I got my Black Bear Tags and am waiting for season but before it starts i wanna make sure I'm good to go...

Question 1. I use a .308 remington 700 for just about everything.... Will this work for Bear (first season bear hunting).

Question 2. Field cleaning a bear? where do I start...?

Question 3. IF I get a bear who can put the son of a gun into a rug shape?

Thanks for the advice/answers in advance. Happy Hunting and God Bless America!
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:07 PM
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Re: MT Bear Questions

Rifle is just fine. Gut like a deer, I overcut hide on deer,just straight slit on bear. I work w/local taxidermist in my area,2 I like. You need to skin proper or have it done by someone who knows. Hide needs to be salted or kept cold, bears are prone to slipping. I skin mine in field usually and leave skull and paws in,until at camp or home, then cape. In MT you have to go to F&G and get bear tagged.Proof of sex and skull, in 5 days
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:45 PM
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Re: MT Bear Questions

your .308 is fine. just dont push it too far, distance wise.

As sp6x6 stated, make sure you cape it right cool it asap. I would talk to a local taxidermist for a recommended proceedure.

word of advice, if its a big bear try to drop it near vehicle access (if you keep the meat, great pepperoni).
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:13 AM
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Thanks guys. Any good taxidermists in Great Falls, MT area ya'll would recomend?
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:02 PM
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Re: MT Bear Questions

We have to keep the jaw propped open, I use a stick and do it within a few minutes of the kill, or it can be difficult and impossible if frozen.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:51 PM
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We have to keep the jaw propped open, I use a stick and do it within a few minutes of the kill, or it can be difficult and impossible if frozen.
That reminds me... I saw a bear skull peering at me in the freezer the other day looking for some steaks, been in there a few years
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:59 PM
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Thanks guys. Any good taxidermists in Great Falls, MT area ya'll would recomend?
Yes! Shawn Dawson of Timberland Taxidermy ( About Us) does all the taxidermy for me.

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