||We awoke to a beautiful day in Southeast Alaska.
The clouds gave way to deep blue skies and a warming sun. We spent the entire
day working on my bear hide and meat, and just relaxing in the sunlight. Johnnie
gave all of us a lesson on the basics of field trophy care, turning the ears,
eyes and nose, and fleshing the cape. The skull green scored 19 inches, exactly
what Johnnie had guessed but the hide went 6.5 feet - with a square around 7
feet. This was one big (Cinnamon phase) black bear and to top it off, the hair
quality was excellent - long and shaggy with no rubs.
||Johnnie took advantage of the nice weather to flesh
my bear hide.
Johnnie went on to recommend that when working on a bear - many outfitters
in this area will wear surgical gloves, to protect them from bearfinger. Bearfinger
is an acute condition which develops over several days, eventually your hand
||The skull measured 19" and the hide was 6.5 feet.
`There were no rubs and the cinnamon phased coat was simply beautiful.
Tom and John went to the hole and Johnnie and I finished up the bear. When
our chores were finished we spent the last couple hours checking the outer beaches
for brown bear, taking pictures of black bears, and pulling in our crab pots.
A relaxed day.