Judging Black Bear Before You Shoot!
Judging Black Bear I
There are many ways to judge the size of a black bear before you decide
First I would like say!
Forget trying to guess the weight of a bear.
Especially in the spring. During the spring bears will look much heavier
than they really are. This is because an adult bear will be anywhere from
20 to 30 percent lighter at this time. Bears can lose up 35 percent of
their body weight during hibernation. A bear will be the same size as far
as body structure.
Judging Black Bear II
However the long thick winter body hair will disguise
the weight lose. So I would advise against trying to guess the body
weight, and look for other ways to judge a black bear's size.
When a bear appears you want to be patient, and literally look the bear
over. If you want a bigger bear. If the bear really is 300 pounds, it
will look big. There is no excuse for shooting a 100 pound bear. Then
swearing on a bible that it looked 300 pounds. Because there is no
comparison, and believe me this happens.
If you are hunting over bait, and the bait is in a 55 gallon barrel.
Judge how big the bear is in comparison to the barrel. If the barrel is
standing upright and the top of the bear's back reaches the second ring
on the barrel. This is a nice size adult bear. If the barrel is down on
its side, and there is space between the bears belly and barrel. This is
also a very good size bear.
Judging Black Bear III
If the bait is hanging from a tree you can judge by this as well. Take
the time before climbing in the stand to stand by the bait to see how
high it is. You know how tall you are, and you can judge the height of
the bait this way. Bears are use to human sent, so this won't scare them
off. As long as you use some caution. Then when the bear comes in, use
this to judge the height of the top of the bears back. I suggest using
the top of the bear's back. Because bears can stand on their hind legs,
and stretch up quit a long way. Just about everyone has seen and knows
what a yard stick is.
If the bears back is that high up the tree, and
there is very little space between the bear's belly and the ground. You
will want to prepare to shoot. Because it is definitely a shooter.
If the bear is facing you. Look for a deep groove from the eyes back to
the ears on the top of the bear's head. This is very visible on adult
male bears. Mature bears head and neck will flow evenly back to the
shoulders. Not like young bears, who's head looks like a lolly pop on a
Larger bear's ears will look small and round, more to the outside of the
head. While young bears ears look tall and more rectangular.
Judging Black Bear IV
Last but not least. Look at the bears leg right above the front paw. If
the leg flows evenly from the paw up to the chest, it is a good sign of a
mature male. Females and young bears will be thin right above the front
paw. To understand this. Make a fist and then look at the difference to
These are a few helpful ways to help you judge the size of a black bear
before you shoot.
Then you will go home with a trophy to be proud of.
By Ron Koch
Judging Black Bear, Some Good Stories
Copyright © 2011, BlackBearKingdom.net. All Rights Reserved
Bear Hunt in Canada and USA