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Old 05-19-2009, 10:37 PM
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Re: How big would you say he is

I'm guessing this vid is a spring shot. THe larger bear is kind of lanky w/rough hair on its sides. Plus it looks like it's been doing the polkberry thing......

Its a good'n. If you could kind of baby sit it until fall you'd have one heck of a troph.

I may be all wrong, but from the 250 pounders I've seen the big fella has the potential for fully twice that.

Put it on the scales and report back.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:37 AM
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Re: How big would you say he is

Boyd, I'm originally a PA boy myself and have seen plenty of blackies in my back yard here in MT. The tree stump wasn't real big... looks like someone might have cut down a young ash.

Mama and cub and Mama went 250 max.

Real nice pics though

MR
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:23 AM
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Re: How big would you say he is

It's a pretty short clip with not a lot of opportunity to judge size, so I wouldn't bet the farm on this estimate. I'm presuming a sow with cub and if that's the case, I would agree with MontanaRifleman's estimate.

The smaller bear didn't look big enough to be an adult sow hooked up with a bigger boar for purposes of mating.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:51 AM
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Re: How big would you say he is

Now guy's, the smaller bear ain't no cub. Go back and look at it again.
The size of the head in relation to the size of the body is about all we have to
go on in this clip, with just a little help from the way they move. On cubs the
head is big in relation to the body size. The older the bear gets the smaller the head looks in relation to body size.
As for movement, cubs in their first and second year tend to sort of "scamper"
along as they run while the older bears appear to sort of roll along. The older
they get the more pronounced this rolling motion becomes. We don't get to
see much of the smalller bears movements in the clip, but the bigger bear
definitely demonstrates the rolling motion of a big bear. I think royinidaho is
probably fairly close in his assesment.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:04 PM
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Re: How big would you say he is

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Originally Posted by Akbushape View Post
I think royinidaho is
probably fairly close in his assesment.
Whooo Hoooo!!!! Now can I hire out as a guide or somethin'
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:22 PM
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Re: How big would you say he is

An obvious method of assisting size estimation would be to determine if this was a sow and cub, or a boar and sow by their behaviors. There wasn't enough video here to tell if the bigger bear had the hots for the smaller one or not. Or vica-versa. I saw a smaller boar mount a larger sow brown bear on Kodiak Island during one of my brown bear hunts.

There's always the subsistence method. Paste'em and pull out the tape measure and scales after-the-fact. I've been known to use that method - after I determined the bear was legal for the taking under the hunting regulations.
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Old 12-27-2009, 05:40 AM
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Re: How big would you say he is

Looks like a nice bear, comparing the video to a few bear I have harvested i would guess the bear goes 400lbs. Plus.
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