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Old 10-20-2008, 10:06 AM
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Bear Hunter input please



I've never shot a bear. That's my size 10 boot in the photo - taken last week while deer hunting. Any idea how big the bear might be???

I shot a mulie in the same ravine where I snapped this photo. He has a gut pile, a ribcage and a hide to chew on. I've got a bear tag.

Worthwhile?
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:08 PM
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Re: Bear Hunter input please

well guy you know his feet are big. maybe if you threw in some of those nice fish, you could make a deal. ask t.t. what he thinks.
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:36 PM
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front pads appear to be about 5" wide, I'm gonna estimate around 400 if he's in good shape, saw one 494 dressed once that had 6.25" wide front pads. bears are funny though, have also saw feet like that on a 275 pounder but he was really poor, come to find out he had a ruptured gall bladder.
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Old 11-01-2008, 11:10 PM
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Re: Bear Hunter input please

Rule of thumb for bear hunting: take the width of the front paw, add an inch convert to feet, and you will have a good estimate on the size of the bear.

eg. 5" wide front paw print + 1" - convert to feet = 6' bear
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:36 AM
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Re: Bear Hunter input please

Thanks all. Have been back into that area - but tracks & bear sign are both very light after deer season. Suspect the bears are down in the real thick stuff, following the onslaught of deer hunters in mid October.

Still, there's a couple of weeks of the season yet to go.
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:36 PM
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Re: Bear Hunter input please

Good luck to you Guy, remember when your bear hunting its not wheter or not you can out run the bear its wheter or not you can out run the person you are with.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:29 AM
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Re: Bear Hunter input please

I think I should have gone for bear BEFORE deer season. After the season I've found very few tracks or fresh sign. Strongly suspect the bears went deep into the brush after the hordes of deer hunters went through the area...

Or maybe a lot of 'em are already settling in for their winter nap? I dunno... Next year I'll start earlier for bear!
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