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Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: 4D, Bald Eagle SF
New to Bear, tips?
I grabbed a tag this year. Never hunted bear, but see them in the woods around camp. The title may sound like I want to know how to find them, but I'm wanting to learn what to do if I get one, haha. I am aware that they need to be brought to the check station, Jersey Shore is closest that I know of.
The itching questions:
1. Field dressing: is it straight forward enough if you are experienced with dressing a deer? Any big gotchas?
2. Drag considerations: Some of my deer have gotten pretty beat up on the drag to camp, it's as rocky as PA gets where I hunt. I figure I'd want to get a rug or something if I ever get a first bear. Maybe their coat is super tough and not a concern? Separately, God forbid I got a big one, what are the chances I need to call for help?
3. Butchering: I don't butcher my deer, because a relative is a professional butcher, but I've recently gotten interested and am considering it. But, what about a bear? Do butchers even handle them, or is this something you just have to do yourself?
Bottom line, I'm just curious what I'm getting myself into if I ever get a bear. I do not believe anyone at my camp has bear experience. Odds are low, hopes are high, but I want to be prepared!
Last edited by Paddy-06; 09-10-2019 at 11:10 AM.