Wisconsin Bear Hunting
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I am getting a rug and a skull mount. I set my stand bait site where I could get my atv in but even though he only went 25 yards after the shot I had to chainsaw my way in and use the winch on the wheeler to move him the first 10 yards. Then with him wrapped in a deer sleigher and a tow rope wrapped around his shoulders my wife driving the atv and me pulling on the rope to get him unstuck every 5 yards we had him back to camp two hours after I shot. Definitely properly described as jello. 520#
Lakeshiner, I dont get it. Why cant one have bears all over the place. Always another room in the house. Bathroom probably not a good idea though. Unless.... LOL Think of it as an investment. There is very little depreciation on the mounts. Check prices you will see that. Unless you got bent over by a taxidermist. Like a buddy of mine last year. $2500 for a half mount. Are you kidding me!! Showed him my bill for 3. 2 half mounts, and a rug. 1900. $650 for a half mount! Quality work as well. My neighbor sell mounts for a living. Most bear half mounts are around 1k.
However, I have seen people do about everything you will see with any other fur. Friend of mine has a full length winter coat made of bear hide. Wears it while Ice fishing. Almost every time out ask him . How fast can you run, and climb a tree? LOL I wouldn't mind having a bear hat. But, it would probably end up getting me bit around this place. Hell, I cant even have a rabbit hat around here. Damm dogs!!
Speaking of mounts, what do guys all do with bears? That mostly comes from if you shoot a few and have a few mounts, there gets a point where you don't really need another mount or rug. Honestly 1 rug and one 3/4 type mount is all I'd ever want. I kept the skulls but what other options are there for the hide? I know some who just sell them to a taxidermist I believe. Was thinking a bearskin blanket or just tan it to hang up on a post. Not quite like deer where you can just take antlers for a smaller plaque.
I have my wife that will be going next, followed by me and then our kids will be of age. I can't have bears all over the place so just thinking of ideas for the future.
I wanted to respond to your massage here because I can post a picture here. Again, congratulations on your bear. That is a once in a lifetime trophy!!! Full body mount, rug, head mount? i have a friend who shot a 500#+ bear about 15 years ago. Most memorable part of the hunt was the recovery. We were not prepared to move 500# of jello... lol Another friend shot this 332# bear a couple years ago. Here is a photo of his mount.
I have mentioned the use of Ozonics, but nobody has ever used it for bear.
Had a guy out hunting a decent buck last night. Got to see one of the bigger ones. No good shot opportunity though. Ozonics came up again. Although I dont think scent had anything to do with it. Had 4 does all around him as well that didn't spook. Just the way the buck moved last night.
Sorry guys, but I got to chuckle a bit. With a sharp knife, and I carry a sharpener with me. Field dressing a bear is just as easy as a deer. Want to be a bit scared. Let my daughter do it!! Twice as fast as I am!! I prefer you struggle through it though. It's part of the whole experience.
Most of our baits are still getting smashed. One string though is still struggling. Have no idea why. There is no food out there, like I said.
Still no hunters yet until the 4th. 10 stands sitting empty. That I am dreading pulling out.
With no food in the forest. Some real toads are showing up now. Really ticks me off not being able to hunt them with the wolves in those areas. No guys to run the dogs anyway. So its just bittersweet all around!! Yet will continue the full time job of running the baits daily until the last day. For the next week I got a big job to finish. the wife and I will split the baits, after working 8-10hrs or more. Run, the dogs the last week. Before we go to MI for the last couple weeks.
Big Momma is just bragging now. She knows she has outsmarted the hunters again. Spitting in my face so to speak. Hitting the bait 2-3 times a day, and for the last 2 nights by 6pm. Think she knows she is now safe for the year. I will keep feeding her though.
Changed the camera over to video of her.