How Much Does a Bear Rug Cost?
A bear rug can either be created by a taxidermist from a previous hunt or can be purchased through various retailers. There are both real bear rugs as well as imitation rugs. The cost of a rug is going to depend on the quality, the store selling it, size and if a professional taxidermist will create it for you.
How much is it?
- Some of the most common rugs include Black, Grizzly and Polar. The type of bear is going to greatly reflect in the price tag. Authentic professional bear rugs that are mounted can range anywhere from $1,500 to as much as $28,000.
- Authentic black bear rugs can cost anywhere between $1,500 to $2,400. Grizzly bear rugs can vary anywhere between $4,000 to $7,500. A polar bear rug can fetch prices ranging from $15,000 to $30,000. Most rugs are going to come in lengths that range from 6 to 11 feet.
- For example, BearSkin-Rugs.com sells a 5.3 foot black bear rug for $1,595, while a 7.5 foot grizzly bear rug retails for $6,995.
- A plush imitation bear rug can range anywhere from $40 to $110. For example, Cabela’s sells a 36″ long rug for $39.99.
- For those that hunt a bear themselves and want to have a rug created, the cost can vary anywhere from $90 to $220 per square foot. In demand taxidermists are going to charge more money due to the quality of their work.
- According to the website ArcheryTalk.com, a forum thread had started up discussing the price of a bear skin rug. Most of the claimed that it would cost around $125 to $200 per foot for those that wanted to have one made. This is ideal for those that hunt bear and want to use the fur/skin afterwards.
What are the extra costs?
- Due to the nature of the item, cleaning will be required on an annual basis. Retailers can recommend products that will keep the rug in pristine shape.
- For those that are hunters and want the taxidermist to do the job, additional charges can include the fleshing and skinning of the animal. Each taxidermist will vary with their own pricing.
- Some taxidermists may want to send the fur off to a tannery in order to help control the smells as well as make the rug look cleaner and sleeker.
What is going to be included?
- Most retailers will included a limited warranty or a worry free return session that generally doesn’t last longer than 90 days.
- If you’ve hunted the bear and you want to turn it into a rug, a taxidermist will be able to show you previous works as well as what they can do for you in terms of skinning the bear, etc.
How can I save money?
- If you’re going to get the bear skinned, talk with at least 3 taxidermists. Be sure to look for previous jobs, as well as compare prices. The cheapest route isn’t always the best option.
- If you are only worried about the look of the bear rug rather than the quality, consider buying an imitation rug since they are so much cheaper.