Curious how you guys judge the weight of a bear? I know to look for small ears which means a big head and in turn a mature bear, But how do you guesstimate the weight. Seems everytime someone sees a bear it's "a300 ponder" I know that's not accurate. Everywhere else in the country its the length of the bear
Everywhere else in the country its the length of the bear
Not sure about that. Most places its the skull size, length + width. B&C, P&Y, and SCI use this method. IMO 20+" is big, 21+" is really big, 18+" is nice. Some places, Alaska for example may use the square size, nose to tail + front claws to front claws divided by 2, or average of length and width of hide. Anything based on hide size is very subjective.
To judge a big bear, as you mentioned ears should appear small on the head. Ears should be moving down on the side of the head, this creates an equilateral triangle from the tips of the ears to the tip of the nose. If the distance between ears is smaller than the distance to the nose it likely is not a trophy class bear. The ankles and forearms are much heavier on a boar, sow have kind of dainty ankles. Belly should be close to the ground making the legs look short, but a short fat sow can be this way too, as opposed to a long legged lanky bear. Flanks and haunches should be huge looking. Jumbos have that pumpkin face that make their eyes look close and beady.
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