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Old 04-11-2021, 01:35 AM
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Planing to go bear hunting but already have a hide tanned and donít feel like adding more as I just want the meat. Is there any way around the hide laws like donating them? Iím up in the grande prairie area.

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Old 04-11-2021, 08:24 AM
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The regulations say that you can't waste the hide. I don't see why you wouldn't be able to donate it. Consult with fish and wildlife, as they are the ones who'd be dragging you through courts if they could lay any charges.
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:37 AM
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You can also donate it to the tannery, or some taxidermists may also take it to have one 'in the bank' for an insurance claim.
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:51 AM
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Back in the day when I was a bear hunter, I gave several hides to non-hunting friends that wanted a rug.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:00 AM
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Wish Alberta had it as a choice of meat or hide because my wife wonít even buy a bear tag since we moved because of the hassle of the hide. When we lived in BC she would take a mid size to large bear for meat each year well I was being picky

Myself I will still bear hunt but I will be pickier than normal because I really donít need a pile of hides
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:29 AM
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For meat hunters, the hide issue comes up fairly regularly for bears shot on crown land with a bear tag. There has usually never been a problem giving away bear hides, many were actually sold for a few bucks. Between the tanneries, taxidermists and interested individuals it never used to be an issue but I haven't tried to get rid of one in a couple of years. I would suggest you make a couple of phone calls, I think you will find a receptive place fairly easily. Western Tannery in Calgary used to actually buy bear hides for tanning and resale as did Halfords in Edmonton.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:35 AM
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I've sold some to taxidermist.
They always need a few for patch material for rubbed ones.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:48 AM
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Our nearby First Nations reserve is happy to receive raw deer, elk & moose hides for their cultural programs with youth. They'd probably put a bear hide to good use as well. You can try just calling the band office for help, but it's generally more effective if you know a guy who knows a guy, who knows a guy - sort of contact.
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:06 AM
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Our nearby First Nations reserve is happy to receive raw deer, elk & moose hides for their cultural programs with youth. They'd probably put a bear hide to good use as well. You can try just calling the band office for help, but it's generally more effective if you know a guy who knows a guy, who knows a guy - sort of contact.
Never thought of that option
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If you're in the Calgary area I know a large number of people who want bear hides lol.

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Old 04-22-2021, 08:28 PM
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Can a status hunter get rid of the fur as he must keep the meat?
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Our nearby First Nations reserve is happy to receive raw deer, elk & moose hides for their cultural programs with youth. They'd probably put a bear hide to good use as well. You can try just calling the band office for help, but it's generally more effective if you know a guy who knows a guy, who knows a guy - sort of contact.
Which First Nation close by? The Stoney Nakota First Nation maybe? And should I mention Thumper sent me?
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