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Old 06-10-2013, 03:05 PM
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What does an average black bear measure?

What Size is an average black bear for the lower 48? Both body measurement and skull measurement? I see a lot of small bears being taken and a few that I would consider to be pretty big. Just wondering what you guys consider small average and big?
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:13 PM
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Re: What does an average black bear measure?

I have a couple taxidermist friends I stop in at so you get to see whats going threw. It is going to be very area dependent. For example MT has very few book bears and I would say it is not know for big bears.Seems like Penn. and Maine are known for some big ones sure others and of course AK.But where I live based on bears Ive seen a 5' type bear is often shot and Ive seen sows this size very square nice hide and 20 yrs. old. I think average hunter sees bear and pow.We have 6' type also and I have arrowed boars that where 5-6'' with a Pope skull and 6+ and skull was no larger.We have the very rare 7'.Where I live a 6'+ is considered a good one,that is about all Ill consider harvesting. I have seen a few local in the 20'' plus on skull and only one book personally.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:36 PM
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Re: What does an average black bear measure?

Had an awesome hunt with Tim Picket / Southern Oregon Outfitters . Tim got me on a 500# 7'0" color phase monster boar... hunt and bear of a lifetime. !! I'd post pictures if I knew how.... sorry new to this !!!!
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:11 AM
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Re: What does an average black bear measure?

I've only seen 2 sows that exceeded 6'. Even the ancient ones. my brother shot one that by all indication was deaf and blind, nothing left for teeth 5'4" if I remember right. I think a 6' boar is generally not fully mature. It seems to me at about 6.5' they start widening out showing more gut, hindquarters rounding, legs looking stumpy. A 7'+ bear is where trophy status seems to be universal. The folks I've hunted with in BC, like to shoot 6' plus. Last spring they had mostly return clients, and for the first time they tagged out 50 bear, all beat 6' 2 beat 7'. in a couple of decades of 40-50 bears a year, 1 21" skull is all they've taken. their bear density is high, 6-8 bears a day just driving clear cuts is usual. They have a huge area, with even more primitive area behind theirs to funnel kick outs into any space they make vacant. Berries everywhere, forest roads with a lot of clover, (seems like the roads are hydraseeded when loggers quit using them) and some salmon if they can stay ahead of the grizzlies. We don't get big skulls here P&Y is 18" a taxidermist claimed to have processed more than 10,000 skulls with only one exceeding 21". Older guys tell me the dump bears were bit bigger in the old days. The single 21" I kow of came from a bait on the back of someones property. That site was used for many years, and likely that bear was fed for a decade before being shot. My 7'3 bear went 19 11/16, and mid nineteen seems to be where we stop here. I'll drag out the B&C book if I get time and see what all time looks like here.

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:52 AM
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Re: What does an average black bear measure?

Dropped a sentence, Most of our 6' bear seem to make the Pope and Young 18" mark.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:34 PM
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Re: What does an average black bear measure?

This year, I looked over some of the data from the last six years of spring bear hunting the AK coast and we've taken a total 35 bears, three of which were over 7' weighing approximately 400+ lbs, and six mid to high 6' at 300 to 350 lbs.

Everything else was 5' to 6'4" up to 350 lbs. The 7' bears all measured between 19" and 20" on the skull and the high 6' bears were 18.5" - 19". An average bear for us up there measures between 5'10" and 6'4". These bears ranged from 16.5" - 18" on the skull. As an exception, two years ago my brother shot a skinny 6' spring bear that had the largest skull of any I've seen come from down there. It measured right at 20".

We get some really nice bears with fantastic size and hide quality, but we've never seen anything close to an all time Booner skull.
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