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taylorce1
December 9, 2007, 11:32 AM
Here is just a little update from the State of AK on the bears taken where I hunted last spring.

197 bears taken in Game Units 1B and 3 last Spring. Males were 86%. Average age was 9.2 years, oldest was 21 years. Average skull size was 18.5" for all bears and 18.8" on just the boars they didn't give the largest skull unfortunatly.

My bear came in at 10 years old with a skull size of 19.25". Not too bad for a guys first bear a little better than average. I don't think my friend will ever let me shoot first again.

Todd's bear came in at 9 years old and 18.82". He is right at the average but still very happy about his bear. He said he is ready to go again but this time he wants a fall bear so he can hunt black tail as well.

Here is the orginal story.

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=248020&highlight=Petersburg

The pictures aren't working anymore in the orginal thread so I'll repost a couple.

My bear:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r155/taylorce1/Alaska%202007/59540045.jpg

Todd's bear:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r155/taylorce1/Alaska%202007/59540081.jpg

Wildalaska
December 9, 2007, 01:21 PM
Have you hugged your bear today?:D

WildfurballAlaska TM

buckeye718
February 21, 2008, 10:14 PM
Nice bears..congrats. My first bear hunt will be this fall in Maine. I can hardly wait.

taylorce1
February 29, 2008, 12:01 AM
Well my friend finally made me a little jealous with his bear. He got his mount back from the taxidermist already and my rug isn't even finished yet. Plus I like his mount so well makes me wish I'd ponied up the money for one, even though I don't know where I'd put it.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r155/taylorce1/Alaska%202007/mount1.jpg

davlandrum
February 29, 2008, 10:50 AM
Wow, nice mount.

That would be a little expensive for me, since I would have to start paying alimony and child support if I had that done...:p

taylorce1
February 29, 2008, 12:05 PM
Wow, nice mount.

That would be a little expensive for me, since I would have to start paying alimony and child support if I had that done...:p

He only paid $1500 for that mount back in his home town in upstate NY. I'm paying $850 just for my rug to be done here in CO Springs. If it would have only cost me $1500 I'd have done the full mount as well for $650 more. I was told I'd be looking at $2-3K for a full mount depending on what I wanted to do.

davlandrum
February 29, 2008, 12:10 PM
Wow, that is a good price. It cost me $180 just for a European mount of a mule deer.

New_Pollution1086
February 29, 2008, 12:15 PM
How hard would it be to have a blanket made. If I ever take a bear I want it made into a blanket. Any ideas on cost?

T

taylorce1
March 1, 2008, 02:16 PM
How hard would it be to have a blanket made. If I ever take a bear I want it made into a blanket. Any ideas on cost?

I don't know about a blanket?:confused: My rug is costing me $850 but that includes bleaching the skull.

taylorce1
March 10, 2008, 06:53 PM
Well I got my rug back today, I'm pretty happy with it as I think it turned out pretty good.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r155/taylorce1/Alaska%202007/Picture003.jpg

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r155/taylorce1/Alaska%202007/Picture005.jpg

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r155/taylorce1/Alaska%202007/Picture009.jpg

Jack O'Conner
March 17, 2008, 03:56 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/bear.jpg

This bear posed nicely for me last summer when we visited my daughter in Pocono Mts. It never saw me. I estimate weight at 250 lbs or more.

TR

taylorce1
March 17, 2008, 06:18 PM
This bear posed nicely for me last summer
That is a perfect pose for pictures and hunting thats for sure. I haven't seen too many bears in the wild and feel very lucky to come home with as nice of a bear as I got. Going back in 09 to find a better one.