Gord Nuttall

How to preapre your trophy black bear so it will make a beautiful rug

Rug therapy

A step-by-step primer on how to properly prepare your trophy black bear to make a prized bearskin rug

Bear

Step 2

Standing behind the bear, use a sturdy hunting knife to pierce inside the anus and cut up the belly along the mid-line. Go past the front shoulders to the base of the throat, but be sure to stay well back of the head. This is the first of five initial cuts, made with the knife blade facing up, that are extremely important for keeping the resulting rug proportional and square.

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