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2036 Swift Creek Road

Smithfield, NC 27577


                                             By Eastern Carolina Taxidermy

Everyone thinks that when you kill a 500 pound black bear that it should make the Boone and Crockett book, but that is not necessarily the case.

Boone and Crockett have a scoring standard in which the sum of the length and width of the skull are added together for a total. If the total is at least 20 to 21 inches, the bear will qualify for the awards book, which is published every 3 years. If the skull measures 21 inches or more it not only goes into the awards book, but qualifies for the time book, which is published every 6 years. Both accomplishments when submitted with the proper information are rewarded with a nice framable certificate.

North Carolina black bears in particular have large, fat and meaty heads. These bears, being agriculturally fed and not truly hibernating attain weights exceeding 500 pounds in as little as 3 to 4 years. I have seen 550 pound bears score 19 to 20 inches and I have seen 400 pound bears score over 21 inches. So essentially what I am saying is that a bear not only has to be mature to score well. I believe there is a “genetic” predisposition to grow a large skull. Similarly, only certain deer are able to grow large antlers.

Be patient with us: At our shop we prepare your skulls by a “desiccation” method. We filet the skull and then put it in a bucket of water to rot. It’s a slow go in the winter, but when spring/ summer rolls around its clean as a whistle. Then it is bleached in high strength hydrogen peroxide. Boiling a skull will make it undergo extreme expansion and contraction, hence probably knocking a close scoring skull out of contention. That’s why we do not boil them. The nasal bone detail is destroyed as well. So be patient with us, rushing this is not the best.
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