Sow bears and boo boos - let's see them.

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I guy I hunted with a few times shot two this size, back to back years. I was convinced he was making them into slippers. I was on this trip and before I could tell him not to shoot, it was over. The back straps where about the size of a kielbasa. View attachment 223578
This is my favorite so far. The over the log pose is not quite working like its supposed to. It looks like a spider monkey.
 

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Ive got a couple dinks, Ill have to do some looking.

I guy I hunted with a few times shot two this size, back to back years. I was convinced he was making them into slippers. I was on this trip and before I could tell him not to shoot, it was over. The back straps where about the size of a kielbasa. View attachment 223578

My favorite part about this one is it doesnt even look dead. It just looks like its had a really hard day.
 

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My first bear hunt. I actually saw a bear . . .

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Northern Idaho circa 2004. Funny thing was I was so new to hunting my buddies and I were just pumped to be successful. We didnt realize how small until we found it in the weeds. Had fun anyway and I love the photos and memories.
 
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I was with my brother years ago and we spotted a bear across the draw about a half mile away. It looked to be average size and he wanted to shoot one, so we put the sneak on it. We got to within about 300 yards on a very brushy hillside and found a small clearing where we could set up. My brother shot and missed, and the bear came straight toward us down off the hill. There was so much brush that we lost it for a minute, then it popped out in the clearing that we were in. It ran by us at 20 yards as fast as it's little legs would take it. It was about the size of a Blue Heeler. He was bummed that he missed until it got close, then not so much.
 

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At last, a thread I can contribute to.

First bear hunt in New Brunswick, fresh outta college 1996. 90# spring cub. Hat was way too big for the bear.
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PA, ~2000. Doing drives with about a dozen friends, most of us standing around after a drive. I just left the group to go round up a couple disoriented guys, volley of shots from the guys I just left. I hustle back, one guy still standing there looking up the hill, the rest are hurrying out the trail trying to see the bear again. About that time the squirt breaks cover 100 yards out, going some. Gun comes up, I fire, Fluffy collapses in a brushpile. The other guys come back, start talking about how big he is. I remember ears in the scope and say I don't think so. One guy swears he was 400# if he was 50.

100# cub.
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And finally, tiny two year old sow came blitzin through the laurel 100 yards out, paused to look back, fell down there. She stiffened up on the ride home. My seven year old thought she should dance with her. 82#
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Was doing some moonlight taxidermy work at the time. A work acquaintance and his buddy brought two that evening. Total boo boo fest.
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At last, a thread I can contribute to.

First bear hunt in New Brunswick, fresh outta college 1996. 90# spring cub. Hat was way too big for the bear.
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PA, ~2000. Doing drives with about a dozen friends, most of us standing around after a drive. I just left the group to go round up a couple disoriented guys, volley of shots from the guys I just left. I hustle back, one guy still standing there looking up the hill, the rest are hurrying out the trail trying to see the bear again. About that time the squirt breaks cover 100 yards out, going some. Gun comes up, I fire, Fluffy collapses in a brushpile. The other guys come back, start talking about how big he is. I remember ears in the scope and say I don't think so. One guy swears he was 400# if he was 50.

100# cub.
View attachment 223693

And finally, tiny two year old sow came blitzin through the laurel 100 yards out, paused to look back, fell down there. She stiffened up on the ride home. My seven year old thought she should dance with her. 82#
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Was doing some moonlight taxidermy work at the time. A work acquaintance and his buddy brought two that evening. Total boo boo fest.
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I thought @Bambistew was gong to be a sure fire winner on this thread but I think we have a new riser in our midst.
 

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At last, a thread I can contribute to.

First bear hunt in New Brunswick, fresh outta college 1996. 90# spring cub. Hat was way too big for the bear.
View attachment 223692

PA, ~2000. Doing drives with about a dozen friends, most of us standing around after a drive. I just left the group to go round up a couple disoriented guys, volley of shots from the guys I just left. I hustle back, one guy still standing there looking up the hill, the rest are hurrying out the trail trying to see the bear again. About that time the squirt breaks cover 100 yards out, going some. Gun comes up, I fire, Fluffy collapses in a brushpile. The other guys come back, start talking about how big he is. I remember ears in the scope and say I don't think so. One guy swears he was 400# if he was 50.

100# cub.
View attachment 223693

And finally, tiny two year old sow came blitzin through the laurel 100 yards out, paused to look back, fell down there. She stiffened up on the ride home. My seven year old thought she should dance with her. 82#
View attachment 223694

Was doing some moonlight taxidermy work at the time. A work acquaintance and his buddy brought two that evening. Total boo boo fest.
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Those are eater size or so I'm told.
 

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And finally, tiny two year old sow came blitzin through the laurel 100 yards out, paused to look back, fell down there. She stiffened up on the ride home. My seven year old thought she should dance with her. 82#
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That's a 2 year old bear?? Holy crap they are small


I've never killed a bear. I was genuinely surprised when I saw a couple up close at the Knoxville zoo. I was surprised at how short they are nose to tail and realized that then that they'd have to be ridiculously fat to actually get heavy. I instantly remembered @wllm1313 saying how he basically cuts every stated weight in half as a starting point and it made much more sense.
 

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Those are eater size or so I'm told.
Years ago I wound up shooting a first year doe, about goat size. I was much less adept at judging size at that point, and she was by herself so nothing to compare with. If I remember correctly I processed her at my folks, and the packaged meat fit in 2 Wal-Mart bags for transport home.
Ever since then I've been asked occasionally by my family if deer I've killed are "2 Wal-Mart baggers"........
 

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That's a 2 year old bear?? Holy crap they are small


I've never killed a bear. I was genuinely surprised when I saw a couple up close at the Knoxville zoo. I was surprised at how short they are nose to tail and realized that then that they'd have to be ridiculously fat to actually get heavy. I instantly remembered @wllm1313 saying how he basically cuts every stated weight in half as a starting point and it made much more sense.
The GC pull a tooth when we check a bear. 1 year 10 months, officially. That one was from 'big woods' in northern PA. The chubby cub was here in farm country.
 
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