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    Looking for Taxidermist for Bear Rug in NW Montana

    Any reccomendations on a good taxidermist in NW Montana to do a bear rug for me next month?

    I see prices ranging from $120 to $225 per linear foot. I would like to be near the lower end of that range but I want a quality rug.

    They need to in that part of the state or next door in northern ID because it will be just me packing out the bear which could take a while on foot and I have no way to freeze the hide before I get it to them.

    Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks.

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    Not sure if this is north and west enough for you, but both of these guys are terrific and do wonderful work! That I can guarantee.

    Custom Birdworks (Dale)
    1615 Montana Street
    Missoula, MT. 59801
    (406) 214-3107

    Game Trails Wildlife (Steve)
    5348 Florence Carlton Loop Ste 1
    Florence, MT.
    (406) 273-2210

    http://custombirdworks.com/about.html

    http://gametrailstaxidermy.com/our-location/
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    I appreciate the recommendations. My best friend does a lot of bird hunting and will appreciate knowing about Custom Bird Works.

    Game Trails is the only place I have checked that doesn't do a per-foot charge. Instead, they use brackets of sizes but prices range between $160-$175 per foot. They are about 4 hours from Libby where I am hunting.

    Big Bear Taxidermy in Darby specializes in bears and tell me other taxidermists send hides to them. They charge $120/ft and are a 5 hour drive. All Animals Taxidermy in Kalispell charges $145/ft and are under an hour from Libby. He does about 20 bears a year and has many years of experience.

    Taxidermists said I have about 8 hours to get the hide to them or in a freezer. So, if I can get the bear packed out fairly quickly I will take the time to run it down to Darby. If it takes me a while or if the weather is hot, I'll use All Animals.

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    Check out World Class Wildlife Studio in Hamilton, MT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvfd21walker View Post
    Check out World Class Wildlife Studio in Hamilton, MT.
    Ben does great work, but his turn around times can be very long. He is also a very busy outfitter. I believe Big Bear does his tanning as well.

 

 

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