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Bear Meat

I never harvested one and only have casually hunted them.Only tried bear meat once at camp years ago and it was not bad. Just wondering what people do with the meat?I am sure many do eat it themselves.With a descent size bear I would think you can get a lot of meat.
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At one time our family got a crop damage shot bear from the PGC every fall. The roasts and steaks were great. I found it was hard to grind hamburg meat....the texture of the meat was different than venison, pork or beef. In fact, it would kick the overloads on the grinder. Tried to can bear meat, wasn’t as good as venison.

Only ever had one bad bear. It was a sow shot in September. It was run down with no fat, probably do to the fact it was tending to cubs. It wasn’t that it tasted bad, it was so tough, you couldn’t get a fork in the gravy.

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IMO, bear meat is far superior to deer venison. I cook it like beef. Must say that the big one I killed two years ago wasn't as good as the smaller ones, but the one I killed this spring went 222 and eats just fine.
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One of my favorite ways to cook it is cube it put it in a crock pot with carrots potatoes a small onion peas celery a packet of onion soup mix a reg sized bottle of itialian dressing and cook for 6-7 hours. Canít beat it.
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we turned the one my son shot into sausage..loved it


anyone gets a bear close to Erie and doesnt want any, or some of the meat, just let me know.

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It's good if process right. A lot of thick fat in the meat. Take your time and trim out as much as possible. Or find a good butcher that does. Makes a world difference when done right
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Ate a lot of it back when Dad killed his 383 lb PA bear(boar). It was great as Mom did mostly roasts and burger. Of course... you ate bear or you didn't eat! lol Had spring killed CA bear several times and not nearly as good.

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Keep in mind bear must be well cooked since they can harbor trichinosis. Don't eat rare or medium bear meat.
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One of my favorite ways to cook it is cube it put it in a crock pot with carrots potatoes a small onion peas celery a packet of onion soup mix a reg sized bottle of itialian dressing and cook for 6-7 hours. Canít beat it.

I do the same thing, but with red wine in place of the dressing.
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Keep in mind bear must be well cooked since they can harbor trichinosis. Don't eat rare or medium bear meat.
I'll add that personally, I wouldn't try making jerky or any cured sausage with it, but that is up to you.

All the bear meat I ever had was OK, it reminded me in color & texture of venison, but smelled and tasted better. But it was a little chewy, I'd braise any steaks or roasts that you decide to cook.

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