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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 10:17 PM
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Bears are more difficult to field judge than most other animals but a lot of PA bear hunters are like our buck hunters USED to be. The buck hunters would use forced movement and any glimpse of antler would result in a volley of shots at a fast moving fleeing target. The shooter had no idea if he was shooting at a 6 point or a 12 point. The number one priority was to get the buck on the ground and then count the points. Many bear hunters follow the same philosophy. They see a black ball streaking through the woods and their brain screams BEAR and they open up on it not really knowing (or caring) about its size. A 100 pound bear and 200 pound bear can sometimes be very difficult to accurately judge differently and I would consider them both trophies. Even an 80 or 90 pound bear perhaps? (They make the perfect size rug.) I struggle with the idea of the 40 and 50 pound ones that are killed.
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I would not, and have passed up on a couple bears that I thought were under 100 lbs. I don't claim to be an expert but I 'm getting better at judging them having seen a bunch dead and alive here in PA and Maine. Saw one standing on the road yesterday I estimated in the 250 range. My cousin killed a PA one a few years back I thought would go 400. 5 guys to get it out across a swamp. Live estimated weight by the check station people was 410. Lucky guess. They look different from a tree stand vs the ground, and keep in mind even a 100 lb bear can be an old bear. They don't all get bigger with age.
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Some really good replies here from hunters with more experience with Bears than I.
Maybe I can ask the next bear to come in at Camp to get on the scale to see if I guessed right. (lol)

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I never hunted bears before, so I knew nothing of bear size. In 2015, I saw 5 different bears from my tree stand while deer hunting. I took videos/pics of them, and showed them to my buddies. They guessed them all to be in the 250lb range. In 2016 I decided to bear hunt. I shot a bear from that stand just after dawn. It looked big on the ground, but hey what did I know? I assumed it was 250lbs. It took me 6 hours to drag that thing a 1/2 mile out of the woods on a jet sled by myself. I felt like a huge pu$$y for having such a hard time with a 250lb bear. Turns out it weighed 427lbs. That made me feel better.
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Shoot them all any size!!!
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I never hunted bears before, so I knew nothing of bear size. In 2015, I saw 5 different bears from my tree stand while deer hunting. I took videos/pics of them, and showed them to my buddies. They guessed them all to be in the 250lb range. In 2016 I decided to bear hunt. I shot a bear from that stand just after dawn. It looked big on the ground, but hey what did I know? I assumed it was 250lbs. It took me 6 hours to drag that thing a 1/2 mile out of the woods on a jet sled by myself. I felt like a huge pu$$y for having such a hard time with a 250lb bear. Turns out it weighed 427lbs. That made me feel better.
That’s more impressive than killingthe bear. You’re welcome to hunt with me anytime. No need for a quad or horses as long as you’re along.
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That’s more impressive than killingthe bear. You’re welcome to hunt with me anytime. No need for a quad or horses as long as you’re along.
Thanks, but it's not something I care to do again. I was sure I was going to die of a heart attack several times during the ordeal. Fortunately, I only pulled a few muscles. I was sore for over a week!

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The one time i went hunting up in Maine over bait, I had told the guide that i didn't want to shoot a cub. She placed several marks on nearby trees that i could use to judge the size of the bears when they came out. I saw several that i thought were big, until they walked past the marked trees and i realized they were cubs. (did manage to take a 250 lbs bear). Several years ago i saw a bear leaning over a log at about 100 yds away looking at me . All i could see was his head. Looked huge, but didn't have a clear shot.. Son later saw the same bear walk past... 60 lb cub. It is hard to tell size of bear in woods unless you have something to compare it to..
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The one time i went hunting up in Maine over bait, I had told the guide that i didn't want to shoot a cub. She placed several marks on nearby trees that i could use to judge the size of the bears when they came out. I saw several that i thought were big, until they walked past the marked trees and i realized they were cubs. (did manage to take a 250 lbs bear). Several years ago i saw a bear leaning over a log at about 100 yds away looking at me . All i could see was his head. Looked huge, but didn't have a clear shot.. Son later saw the same bear walk past... 60 lb cub. It is hard to tell size of bear in woods unless you have something to compare it to..

The way Bob Parker does it with most of his baits is: the bait is in a 5 gallon bucket wired to a tree at a certain height. If a bear can stand up and put it's head in the bucket to feed, it's a good bear... if a bear can sit on it's butt and put it's head in the bucket to feed... SHOOT!!!!!!!!
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I will First shoot the bear, this way I can get a exact weight.
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