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How to field judge a nice bear
Bears
Contributors to this thread:
rattling_junkie 17-Mar-21
bentstick54 17-Mar-21
jdbbro 17-Mar-21
rattling_junkie 18-Mar-21
Bou'bound 18-Mar-21
rattling_junkie 18-Mar-21
MathewsMan 18-Mar-21
rattling_junkie 19-Mar-21
Bou'bound 19-Mar-21
Dino 19-Mar-21
rattling_junkie 19-Mar-21
Dino 19-Mar-21
rattling_junkie 19-Mar-21
Solo 22-Mar-21
Shug 22-Mar-21
Mike Ukrainetz 25-Mar-21
17-Mar-21

17-Mar-21
Great video. Well put together. Thanks I really enjoyed it.

From: jdbbro
17-Mar-21
Thanks David. Another great video. I struggle sizing bears. This should help. Now if I could just get across the border....

18-Mar-21
Thanks guys....Jim I hope it opens sooner than later. Will be nice to share bear camp again!

From: Bou'bound
18-Mar-21
These days if it’s south of the Canadian border it’s a shooter

18-Mar-21
Ha! So, true eh?

From: MathewsMan
18-Mar-21
How about if it is north of the Canada border

19-Mar-21
Dealing with brown bears, different story is my guess. Though our Jumbo black bears can get as big as interior grizzlies.

From: Bou'bound
19-Mar-21
"How about if it is north of the Canada border"

It's irrelevant unfortunately at this point for US hunters.

From: Dino
19-Mar-21
Cool video. Thanks for posting it. Have u thought about using 36”marker stakes like Mike U. does? Extremely helpful.

19-Mar-21
Dean I've done that before and can see the usefulness. For me I knew I wasn't shooting any of those bears. But I agree it's a useful tool and one maybe I'll consider and implement.

I used the log idea when I first started out and couldn't get used to that. But again some people love it, so I won't knock it. It's definitely useful for many, and a great idea imo.

All the big bears I've killed I identified they were Jumbos before they entered the bait site. I'm a firm believer jumbo bears aren't difficult to judge if a guy sees one, the problem is seeing one. You're an experienced bear hunter yourself so I'm sure you understand what I mean.

Having guided for a bit now, I've noticed that there isn't a lot of talk about what a "respectable" bear looks like. Hence why the video was created.

Are you spring bear hunting with Mike again?

From: Dino
19-Mar-21
Hey David, yes, we will be going up to see Mike again this spring. I have been an internet stalker of Mike's for a long time lol...And as we had gone to online teaching last year...Mike made an incredible opportunity, for me, my son Brendon and cousin Terry. It's been awful what the border closure has done to the outfitters. Mike has been so kind as to open his camp up to a group of us this spring and it should be a memorable hunt. Mike's bear operation is incredible and he has put so much thought, time, and effort into what he does. All the way from the focus to killing mature boars, to the cribs, to the box blinds and then 2 -36" stakes at each site, it definitely helps for field judging, particularly for inexperienced bear hunters. Give you an example of the stake's effectiveness from last year. We saw a large bear approaching the bait sit, the way it walked and looked in the last hour of the day gave it a real shooter appearance. Fat and round. Low hanging belly. However, as soon as it got into the crib or bait area, we could see immediately that it was well below the 36" mark. Was an old sow. However, as with a lot of trophy animals, when a giant bear strolls in...there is no doubt to its size! You guys sure have a lot of giants out your way as well David. Good video once again. Thanks for sharing.

19-Mar-21
World Class outfitter indeed. I love how he weighs all the bears, really puts it into perspective.

From: Solo
22-Mar-21

From: Shug
22-Mar-21
Good stuff ty for posting

25-Mar-21
Thanks Dino and rattling_junkie! My great guides are really key to the whole operation too

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