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Unread 08-24-2007, 06:53 PM
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Join Date: May 2007
Location: I live in Canada on the prairies and shoot 5 or 6 deer a year.
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never get that hungry

We have all kinds of black bears up here in northern Canada but the only people that eat them are the Americans that come up to hunt them. I am not saying you can't eat them but we just never do. We only shoot the ones that bother us, none of the locals even hunt them. There are outfitters that make good money selling hunts to people from down south so we leave the bears for them. We kind of see them as a cash crop and not table fair, but thats just us. My wife and I take five or six deer a year so no need to eat bear. Also remember most outfitters bait them so its not even really a hunt. Black Bears are not much as a trophy or food .
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Unread 08-25-2007, 07:46 AM
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Location: mathias wv
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you should come down south and hunt them with dogs, these smaller moutain bears are a blast to chase around, and they will surprise you with they're stamina, I've followed a pack of hounds as much as 20 miles a day on foot here in the appalachian,, allegheny moutains. scare a little one and you'll never catch him!
All this doesn't help the table fare much, although bear is better fattened on acorns, but it'll change your outlook on bear hunting.
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Unread 10-14-2007, 09:20 PM
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Here in Alberta, Canada we are not required by law to keep black bear meat. One of the best feeds of wild meat I ever had was a black bear that was feeding in an oat field. As stated bears are scavengers so I would not go out of my way to eat one that had been feeding in a garbage dump.
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Unread 10-15-2007, 07:41 PM
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Location: Sacramento, Ca
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I've never killed a bear but I've had the same questions I'd hate to take one just for the pelt - and that's the reason I haven't yet. Black bears out here in California are plentiful like most the West Coast states I guess.... I've seen quite a few in the past few years killed in the 400-600 lbs range and they were weighed with scales... Some toads... most of the ones I see are in the 150-300 lbs range... I have seen around a ~500 and I still haven't forgotten the sight, it was an aggressive bear that charged my uncle a year later to meet his doom... Took 4 guys to drag it down a hill to the truck and loading into the truck was another matter haha... I guess from those who are saying it's ok to eat I will give it a whirl this year maybe if I can find a suitable sized one
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Unread 10-15-2007, 07:57 PM
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Location: Bozeman, MT
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A hunting buddy and I each shot bears in Montana this spring, and the meat was excellent! We would bring the bear steaks to our summer cookouts along with elk and deer, and everyone liked it around the same. One girl even asked me if she could have some bear to take home, she liked it so much.
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Unread 10-15-2007, 08:29 PM
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Location: Pueblo, CO
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It's been my experience that bears (along with deer, elk and any other wild game) taste fine if they are taken care of properly, and taste horrible if they aren't. The big thing with bears is that you have to skin them out as fast as you can to get the meat cooled down. I'm sure diet has alot to do with it, but most of the bears in this neck of the woods make up 90% of their diet with acorns, fruit and stuff like that. I'm sure that a dump-bear would probably be a bit tangy, no matter how well you took care of the meat. Alot of people won't eat Jackrabbits either, but If you know how to cook em' and don't shoot em on the run they taste great.
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Unread 10-16-2007, 10:33 AM
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Location: SW Wisconsin
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I killed my first bear last fall here in WI and let me tell you, bear are GREAT table fare. I have introduced about 7 different people to bear meat so far and in side to side comparison between bear, elk, and deer loin grilled over charcoal EVERY single person preferred the bear meat. The deer and elk were both very good and tender, but the bear meat was that much better... This was only about a 175lb boar, so it wasn't too big, but it tasted GREAT.
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