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Posted by Shoot2Kill on May 02 2006
Congrats on your hunt!  I bet the thought of that big hog will haunt you forever.  :)  

What were you "turning" on the toes?  For the next time...there is a membrane that you can cut that follows the top of the pad that will allow you to "open" the toes up and give you better access to them, then all you have to do is pull out the toe bones up to the claw and you're done.  No need to flesh the inside of the toes.  You can also get away with not salting a bear for a couple of days if you keep it out of the sun and out of plastic bags.  This makes it a little easier on your taxidermist so the excess meat/flesh that you couldn't get off doesn't turn into jerkey on your hide.  Just an FYI to save yourself some time next time you whack a bruin if you know you'll be able to drop it off with your taxidermist within a reasonable amount of time...of course when you are on a fly out and don't know exactly when you'll get home, it's probably a good idea to salt it.  

Following a bear into the alders that you don't have to...are you nuts???  :)

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