Bear rug per foot cost?
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Contributors to this thread:
Screwball 14-Sep-22
Bowhunt3138 14-Sep-22
g5smoke21 15-Sep-22
Moons222 15-Sep-22
SBH 15-Sep-22
WV Mountaineer 15-Sep-22
Bake 15-Sep-22
South Farm 15-Sep-22
Keith 15-Sep-22
Screwball 15-Sep-22
spike buck 15-Sep-22
SBH 16-Sep-22
Keith 16-Sep-22
WhattheFOC 16-Sep-22
Boreal 16-Sep-22
fdp 18-Sep-22
Pat Lefemine 18-Sep-22
fdp 18-Sep-22
gflight 18-Sep-22
Jim McNamara 18-Sep-22
gflight 19-Sep-22
DonVathome 19-Sep-22
JL 19-Sep-22
Bou'bound 19-Sep-22
From: Screwball
14-Sep-22
I am checking around and wondering around the country how much per foot are you guys seeing for a bear rug? North Central WI were @ $150-$200

From: Bowhunt3138
14-Sep-22
Check out Rugs by Nancy . I haven't had one done in about 5 years but her price was very good and her work is amazing.

From: g5smoke21
15-Sep-22
The taxidermist I use in North Central WI went from 1300 last year for a rug to 1500 cosed mouth to1700 open this year. Tan cost through them went 95 per LN foot to 125.

From: Moons222
15-Sep-22
225-275 in mass/NH

From: SBH
15-Sep-22
I was quoted $450 (total) by multiple guys this spring just to tan my bear and it wasn't even a 5'!

15-Sep-22
Been a few years but, $300/sqft. Was the last quote my dad was given for a finished rug.

From: Bake
15-Sep-22
You guys are scaring me. . . I have a whole giraffe, zebra and wildebeest on the way. No backing, but we want all 3 tanned and stretched.

From: South Farm
15-Sep-22
I think a big reason for the increase is more and more tanneries are closing up, and the ones left are overwhelmed...and fleshing a bear hide is way more work than fleshing a deer hide. I've got all the bear rugs/mounts I'll ever need, but I still enjoy eating them, and the last few I've shot it's been like pulling hens teeth to find anyone that wants the hide (free).

From: Keith
15-Sep-22
We are getting $295 per ft

From: Screwball
15-Sep-22
Hey Keith, which part of Mn you around?

From: spike buck
15-Sep-22
I know a guys by you Screwball... Guys name is Jerry Phelps!!

From: SBH
16-Sep-22
The taxis I talked to just said there aren't many tannery's left and its a lot of work. Like SouthFarm said, you can't barely even give them away. I won't pay that kind of money to tan a bear hide.

From: Keith
16-Sep-22
Screwball, southern part of state, PM sent.

From: WhattheFOC
16-Sep-22
Why is the price per foot? Don’t all bears have four feet?

From: Boreal
16-Sep-22
Some taxis measure to the tail while others measure to the heel. Make sure you know what's being quoted.

From: fdp
18-Sep-22

From: Pat Lefemine
18-Sep-22
Does anyone know why tanneries are closing? EPA regulations? Chemical costs? Weak demand?

From: fdp
18-Sep-22
Decreased demand for leather goods.

From: gflight
18-Sep-22
Trapping and the fur industry has taken a beating in North America. Other countries are fur farming. Demand probably alot to do with it.

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We in the U.S. would rather have oil products on our back than a natural renewable resource.

From: Jim McNamara
18-Sep-22
You guys should probably talk to tannery owners to discuss the reasons for tanneries closing. It's certainly not demand.

From: gflight
19-Sep-22
Of course their are more reasons.

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Demand and ease of oil based products are primary.

Tanning is work and many who did it are getting old. Hard work and craftsmanship are not on a lot of younger folks agendas.

If I wasn't helping my turkey population I probably wouldn't trap because you can't get crap for skins right now.

Getting workers in the current market when you can get more flipping burgers.

Each individual Tannery that shut down has their own reasons as well.

Asking one or two would never give you the big picture.

What are your thoughts as to why?

From: DonVathome
19-Sep-22
gflight, very very well said and correct!

From: JL
19-Sep-22
FWIW.....I recently paid $125 to get my muley hide tanned. I dropped it off with my taxi last year and paid that price. I plan on getting some more tanned and hope the price hasn't gone up this year. My taxi uses a tannery in the lower part of Michigan and drops off in bulk.

From: Bou'bound
19-Sep-22
That’s a good one…….

“I hope the price has not gone up this year”

You’re probably fine ……yea right

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