2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby bow007 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:44 pm

Very nice.. have you tried any of them on game yet?
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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIYguy » Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:52 pm

No, I'm only just making them now for a fall bear hunt.
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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIYguy » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:59 pm

The archery bear hunt is fast approaching. In a little over a week, I make the trek to far Northern Wisconsin near the town of Cornucopia just south of Lake Superior's Squaw bay.

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I will be hunting with Art Hyde of Northern Bayfield County Guide service. Over the summer the focus has been on practice.

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Now the camo has been washed in baking soda and when dry will be placed in the homemade ozone locker.

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More practice and then the homemade broadheads will be rehoned with the homemade broadhead sharpening guide. The countdown clock is ticking fast now. The season (for me) opens on Sept 12th.
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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIYguy » Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:38 pm

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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby Bernhardt » Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:43 pm

Great shot on bear one!!!! Sorry about shot 2. Hope damage on truck is not worse than it looks on first view. I am impressed with your broadheads. Hope you enjoy the meat. Great story!!
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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIYguy » Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:31 am

I have not missed an archery deer opening day in a long time but because I have two bear to deal with I had no choice. Friday night, the meat was thawed enough to work with so I began cutting and trimming. I also began the process of doing Euro mounts on both skulls as well as salting the smaller (truck killed) bear skin. The other skin is in the freezer for my Nephew.

On Saturday I completed the cutting and wrapping of the meat. I kept the lions share for sausage making but saved some roasts, steaks, loins as well as cubed meat for stews and chili. Later on I will make snack stick and perhaps summer sausage.

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I got all the meat off the skulls and applied 40 volume whitener and the skulls will now sit for a few days until I rinse them.

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Then I turned my attention to the small hide. Im thinking of tanning it myself and perhaps making a quiver or hat or gloves so I cut off the remaining front feet and the head. (I will harvest the claws at a later date so the feet went to the freezer) The hide sat salted for 24 hours then I rinsed it and fleshed it out. I use a piece of PVC as a fleshing beam.

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Here is the hide after all the flesh and fat and membrane are removed. The prime areas of the hide really stand out (dark blue area)

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Then I salted it again.

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Tomorrow I will rinse off the salt and twice bathe the hide in hot water with Dawn dish soap to degrease it and then rinse and hang it.
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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby henried » Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:46 am

Well done.
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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby Guardian » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:35 am

Who needs a taxidermist if you can do such a great job! Well done!
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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby Philip Roets » Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:47 pm

Well done


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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby DIYguy » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:47 pm

6 Days since the hunt and I got both skulls cleaned and the first whitening completed. The hide is still under salt.

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Re: 2016 archery bear hunt blog (the homemade edition)

Postby Eraser » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:37 pm

Very nice!!
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