|A look into my bear's mouth|
This past weekend, I got my skull. It is together but not complete.
|Not quite the same angle but close.|
|Check out those teeth - left side view|
Are you ready for the "bad" views?
|Right side - no cheek arch|
There was no arch to find and glue back on to the skull. You can also see the cut at the back of the skull where Lori and Jim reattached it to the main part of the head. No cheek arch meant that the skull was unable to be measured, which meant no record book.
|From the back|
We didnt know it at the time, but the butcher had cut into the skull three times before my guide stopped him. If he hadn't, it is clear that the skull would have been beyond repair.
Lori and Jim did an incredible job gluing the pieces back together and making sure that they got as much of it complete as they could. I asked Lori when I picked it up if she thought that it would have hit 18 inches if the arch was there. She started comparing it to other skulls on the table and guessed that mine would have measured 18 and 9/12 inches. Given that she is a taxidermist, she knows her stuff and can break it down into fractions. He would have made the record books! He is a record sized bear.
I save the deer antlers from the deer that I have shot and have a few sets mounted but I have never kept a deer skull (I might after seeing this bear) but I now have my bear skull. It is not complete but it is still impressive. I will have a bear skin rug with my bear's face and his awesome scars, that will be seen by my friends and family for years to come. My grandkids will see and feel that bear and know the story. This skull is a prop to tell the story with. Every cut and missing piece is a part of the story of my bear hunt. And I am ok with that.
|My bear - 457lbs. Shot Oct 13, 2014|