MT Bear Questions

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by mparsons360, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. mparsons360

    mparsons360 Member

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    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!
     

  2. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    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
     

  3. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    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).
     
  4. mparsons360

    mparsons360 Member

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    Thanks guys. Any good taxidermists in Great Falls, MT area ya'll would recomend?
     
  5. wasgas

    wasgas Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  7. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Yes! Shawn Dawson of Timberland Taxidermy (ยป About Us) does all the taxidermy for me.

    Ed
     
  8. Catahoula

    Catahoula Well-Known Member

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    Never underestimate a 308. It will be fine. Black bears don't need alot of killing. As far as skinning goes I could give you some good advice. Rather chat on the phone though. If you would like to talk, let me know. I have skinned alot of bears for myself and several friends.
    Kirk
     
  9. szeitner

    szeitner Well-Known Member

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    Your .308 will work fine for the black bear, they're not a hard animal to put down, as with anything, it's shot placement.
    As for making a rug, any reputable taxidermist should be able to take care of that. Depends on what part of the state you are in, there are some good ones around Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula.
    As for field dressing, I am making an assumption that you would do it just as if you were dressing a trophy deer or elk, and only cut the belly up to the ribs, and work from there, but I am not sure.

    You better hurry though, season opens Sunday!! Good Luck!!