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Saw him last year...Going through threads and trying to get a idea what I’m looking at! I know ears are a good indicator, how about nose length?
Looks like Younger bear I would say too.
I disagree, Look at the shape of the skull
I don’t think he’s a giant but I think he’s p and y
Agree with WV and Shug. Nice mature bear but not a monster...yet.
Depends on location and hunt. Bears are tough to judge!
Best way to tell is a ground check.
I would say he is not a young bear but not an extra large one. He has narrow, beadie eyes yet no crease in his forehead. Most of the bigger, older bears I have seen will have a forehead crease....I don't see it in that one.
Looks like a POW bear. I'd say average if so. He just doesn't look blocky to me from that position.
Not blocky at all. Just thick through the neck and front shoulders. It’s obviously a fall bear and one that’s well fed.
What she isn’t is a Pope and Young candidate. Probably a 225 pound range animal. But, a 200 pound Black Bear is a very respectable animal.
That’s my guess. A sow with a small frame that’s filled out. And for all but the most dedicated bear trophy hunters, a great specimen on a fall hunt.
I could be wrong. As there isn’t much to go on. But, I’m sticking with that.
If it's POW a 200lb fall bear is a dink. The photos above scream sow to me especially the side view.
Great photo, I'd pass on that unless I had other indicativos the photo is not giving me.
Thank guys, so look at width between eyes also...
It is a good bear but not a great bear (yet). It is riding the line at present. Will probably make P&Y now, but it is headed north to a better score.
Depends on your goals as to whether you shoot it or not.