Black bear shoulder height?Contributors to this thread:
Chris S 24-Jul-17
Chris S 25-Jul-17
Jim B 26-Jul-17
From: Chris S
It's been about 8 years since my last bear hunt. I drew a WI tag this year and my baits getting pounded daily with a couple good boars. Last time I hunted Ontario they put surveyor tape on a couple trees at bait site noting that back height was a good indicator of a larger bear. For the life of me I can not remember the height they marked off. I see some of the outfitter bait site pics here with them or a t post anchored in ground at bait for refrence. So my question is what height is used for reference. Thanks
I'm no expert, but we just got back from our first black bear hunt and the guys we hunted with have been doing it for a lot of years. They put out the T Posts and the top of the green is 32" as I recall and the top of the post is 36". So anything above the green was a shooter, anything above the post was a MONSTER!
Buddies up north place a limbo pole across the trails at 30 / 32" . If the pole pushes the hair down, consider shooting! Killed a considerable number of P&Y bears with that method.
34-36 inches is the rule of thumb I always have been told.
From: Chris S
Thanks guys my guess was 34 so you substantiated my guess. Love the idea from MDW of a limbo stick. If it's back pushes up the horizontal branch grab the bow!!!
From: Jim B
They vary a little in leg length.32" is getting there,34" is a no-brainer.36" is unusually tall.If you have any small cedars or other conifers there,put a blaze from 34"-36".Bears will show interest in that blaze,at least here,on cedars they do,so if it's in a good spot,you can check his height and he should linger for a shot.
not only pay attention to height but the length as well, nose to tail, i have hunted with a few outfitters that place a 5 foot and 6 foot log on the ground, even the biggest of sows will barely break the 5 foot mark, but a 6 foot boar, you need to be holding the bow