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Old 01-07-2021, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Brown Bear back from Taxi...need advice

So I got my bear back from my Alaska trip ( https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=770586 )
Just received it from Reno and very happy with the work.
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Here's my dilemma, the bear doesn't quite fit. Wondering what you guys would do. I have agreed to keep most of my trophies in my office, per wife's request. I converted a closet space to make a display area for my brown bear. I knew it would be tight, but it was the best I could do given my limited space.
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I gave the taxi the dimensions and they said they could pretty much work it out but it'd be tight. Anyway, it's taller than what I'd built for. That top piece of wood trim is hitting the brow of the bear.
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Would ya'll just remove the trim piece and leave the bear in there? Or, take the deer and aoudad I have in the corner, put them on the wall in my bear display and put the bear in that corner. It'll fit. My dad suggested just finding a way to flatten the base by about 5 inches (have the base rebuilt) so I could keep the trim. Still not sure that would give me a clear view of the entire head. I think the view of it looks cool from my desk and I hope I can keep it in the display area but don't want it to look ridiculous.

I was just taken a bit off guard by how big it is. Didn't expect that it would eat quite that much space. My wife and daughters think it's hideous either way so I wanted to get sportsmen's opinion. Appreciate it.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:10 PM   #2
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Chainsaw...cut his legs off.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:14 PM   #3
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I would work with redoing the pedestal before I move the bear out of its spot and redoing the trim. Bear looks great.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:15 PM   #4
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Take the wooden part of the base off.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:15 PM   #5
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Beastmode.........cut down the base like your dad suggested!!!! Stick with the plan.
Yall shooting in the HSC pheasant shoot in Waller???

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Old 01-07-2021, 07:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. Appreciate it.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:21 PM   #7
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Beastmode.........cut down the base like your dad suggested!!!! Stick with the plan.
Yall shooting in the HSC pheasant shoot in Waller???

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No, thought about it. We shot at the Big Easy last month. He's shooting up North somewhere next month so we are taking it easy.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:22 PM   #8
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Nice bear.

+1 on the base as first option.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:22 PM   #9
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Supercool! Congrats again!!
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:22 PM   #10
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Dang son! You barely have room for your desk!
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:25 PM   #11
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No, thought about it. We shot at the Big Easy last month. He's shooting up North somewhere next month so we are taking it easy.
Niiiiice!!! He don't mess around when it's birds to be killed. Between the base and that trim you should be good.

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Old 01-07-2021, 07:35 PM   #12
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Dang son! You barely have room for your desk!
I know man. It's crazy. But it's all I have room for now, at least until this last kid goes off to college and we can move. Next house I build will definitely have a dedicated trophy room.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:38 PM   #13
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Great looking room, personally I think I would have just taken the wall down like you did, but stopped there and not built the "closet" to put the bear in. The trim on top and the wall between the bear and printer need to go.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:38 PM   #14
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Lose the wooden base !
Put the habitat directly on the floor.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:38 PM   #15
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I'm guessing these are stock taxidermy bases that they order? Will reach out to a taxi tomorrow to see if I can get one custom. If not, will try to find a carpenter.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:41 PM   #16
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Great looking room, personally I think I would have just taken the wall down like you did, but stopped there and not built the "closet" to put the bear in. The trim on top and the wall between the bear and printer need to go.
Def should have though about that. Probably would have worked perfectly. Thanks
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:44 PM   #17
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Beautiful bear! I would start with the pedestal as well. I’m gonna get in trouble with the wife but An animal that is that magnificent deserves a prominent place in the house.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:45 PM   #18
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Disappointing on the fit, but that is going to be amazing when you sort it out.

So awesome to have a full grizz mount in your house!!
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:47 PM   #19
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Lose the wooden base !
Put the habitat directly on the floor.
THAT'S THE PLAN!!! There is 5 inches of steel 1 3/4'" square tubing sticking out of the bears left foot. It's sliding into 2" square tubing in the base to hold the bear upright. Gotta call a taxi and see if they can hide all of that in the habitat. Thanks man!
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:53 PM   #20
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Get the chainsaw out and the wall
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:56 PM   #21
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Good looking bear! He's too dang big.

We have something in common.

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Old 01-07-2021, 08:00 PM   #22
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No way I would put him in that closet!!! I would put him in the corner where you could see him from all angles. Those other mounts in the corner are nice but pale in comparison to that big fella. Any how it's a good problem to have. Think I would put him in the foyer so when you came in the front door he would be there to greet you
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Old 01-07-2021, 08:00 PM   #23
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Great looking room, personally I think I would have just taken the wall down like you did, but stopped there and not built the "closet" to put the bear in. The trim on top and the wall between the bear and printer need to go.
The easiest thing would be to trade places with the deer & aoudad. You won't have to modify the pedestal or the wall/trim. If it doesn't work for you that way, then what MAP recommended above^^^.

Either way, awesome looking office!
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Old 01-07-2021, 08:23 PM   #24
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Dang those things are big
Very nice, congrats
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Old 01-07-2021, 08:28 PM   #25
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Great looking mount, and man that is a big bear lol. I like the idea of taking him off the pedestal and leaving him there. Nice wood work whoever did that for you.
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Great looking mount, and man that is a big bear lol. I like the idea of taking him off the pedestal and leaving him there. Nice wood work whoever did that for you.

This.

Nice bear. Bucket list for sure!
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Old 01-07-2021, 08:48 PM   #27
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Your dad has the right idea. Just cut most of that base off and your golden! Awesome display area!
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Old 01-07-2021, 08:50 PM   #28
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I think it's hilarious too. Bear looks funny. However, that's a great mount and as others have said, it's a base prob. Cheapest and best.
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:10 PM   #29
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Good looking bear! He's too dang big.



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Old 01-07-2021, 09:13 PM   #30
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Looks like the consensus is to move the base. Appreciate the advice fellas.


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Old 01-07-2021, 09:15 PM   #31
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I personally would find a different place in the house. That is an heck of a collection you got! You have very good taste!
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:26 PM   #32
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Leave the office as is and set the bear just outside the office door.

You have a great looking office and congrats on your trophies.
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:33 PM   #33
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Great looking room, personally I think I would have just taken the wall down like you did, but stopped there and not built the "closet" to put the bear in. The trim on top and the wall between the bear and printer need to go.
My thoughts as well. I dont want to be rude but you asked for opinions......I think he looks crammed in on the sides as well. Removing the top board and or shortening the base isnt going to make him look right in that space, imo. Great looking bear!
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:40 PM   #34
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Great looking room, personally I think I would have just taken the wall down like you did, but stopped there and not built the "closet" to put the bear in. The trim on top and the wall between the bear and printer need to go.
Agree with this. Great looking bear! And love the office!
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:51 PM   #35
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Great looking room, personally I think I would have just taken the wall down like you did, but stopped there and not built the "closet" to put the bear in. The trim on top and the wall between the bear and printer need to go.
I like this. ^^^

Find a taxidermist in your area that does good base/habitat work. He will be able to re-do that base. Just have him build a free-form (no wood pedestal) base. Looks like you could get it a foot lower that way. Once he tears into that base, he's probably gonna have some metal cutting and welding to do as well. He can probably re-use the rocks and plants that are on it now. It's a chore, but can be done.
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:56 PM   #36
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I'd build my wife a new house with a bigger office. I'm a builder though, so there's that.
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:58 PM   #37
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That beast needs to go in the living room.
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Old 01-07-2021, 10:01 PM   #38
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Hillary?
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Old 01-07-2021, 10:01 PM   #39
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Awesome office. Now, my advice. Get him out of the closet. It would look much better out than crammed in a closet. Did I mention that I'm jealous.
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Old 01-07-2021, 10:10 PM   #40
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I would remove the base.


Congrats on a huge bear.
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Old 01-07-2021, 10:25 PM   #41
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Build a new house.
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Old 01-07-2021, 10:26 PM   #42
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Awesome bear, by the way.
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Old 01-07-2021, 10:36 PM   #43
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Jigsaw the top front wood off and re trim it.
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:18 AM   #44
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I would put the bear in the corner, you would be able to see more of him....BTW great bear and mount. Congrats!!!
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:26 AM   #45
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nice office but it looks crowded anyway. Personally, I wouldn't put a mount that large in a semi-closet but if you have no other choice, at least remove the base. It should give you several inches clearance.
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:37 AM   #46
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Bear in the corner he should be the focal point and putting him in the closet takes away from his depth
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:46 AM   #47
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I agree with your family.....it’s hideous! So just bring it to my house I’ll take care of it for you, and you can come by and see it anytime you want.

Awesome awesome trophy. Congrats
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:47 AM   #48
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That’s awesome!
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:02 AM   #49
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Nice bear! I’d alter the base and open up the niche so it doesn’t look like he’s in a coffin. Nice room!
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:05 AM   #50
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Go shoot a smaller bear ?
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