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Re: what's the average weight of bear harvested in your state?

Postby GutEmNH » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:48 am

NH seems to have those more embarassing average bear weights also, probably 90-150 lbs.
I think the state record is 552 lbs and was taken with a hound.
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Re: what's the average weight of bear harvested in your state?

Postby BEARHUNTER17 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:42 pm

bob baldwin jr wrote:I had heard that the 880 lb bear was shot off a commercial hog operation property by COY PARTON Dolly's brother and that bear had been feeding extensively on hog carcus's argument :beer :mrgreen: :joker

thats correct, he treed fairly quick from what i understand
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Re: what's the average weight of bear harvested in your state?

Postby bob baldwin jr » Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:48 am

The story I got was the bear did not tree but bayed on the ground after a short chase.To the best of my knowledge no one has pictures of that bear up a tree.I am not saying they will not tree, but my guess is that he felt he was King of the hill and had no reason to climb. I have not crossed paths with coy but he use to come up to Patten Maine every year during hound season .Quite the colorful character but always took his bear hunting VERY SERIOUSLY :joker :beer
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Re: what's the average weight of bear harvested in your state?

Postby Budd Denny » Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:36 pm

Only bait hunting here :evil: , 100-120 pounds on the average. If they would allow hound hunting I believe the average would go up.
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Re: what's the average weight of bear harvested in your state?

Postby RIFLEMAN » Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:21 am

I believe that our Fish and Game has determined the average California black bear to weight about 225-250 pounds. As to the average weight of one harvested, I don't have any figures, but would guess it to be a bit less than 200 pounds.

I would take exception to the attempt to characterize those who tag small bears as being unsportsmanlike. For one, in some states or regions of a state, the bears do not gain much size or weight as they get older; the limited feed simply does not allow for much growth. Secondly, it is not contrary to the overall health, survival, or prosperity of the bear population to take the younger or smaller animals...actually, more the opposite. While I personally prefer to leave them in the tree no matter their size, it does not concern me in the slightest that another hunter may want to tag a bear that is more tender or easier to drag out of the woods.

California does not allow for the cubs of the current year to be taken, and prohibits the killing of bears weighing less than 50 pounds. I certainly this is a reasonable stipulation.
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Re: what's the average weight of bear harvested in your state?

Postby rich h » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:54 pm

Rifleman, I respect your opinion on it being acceptable for individuals to harvest a small bear. Although, here in Michigan in this region 2/3rds of the bear harvested are 3 years of age and younger. Breeding age bears are only a small minority now, meaning they're already gone. And unfortunately cubs are being killed. Hunter education might help.
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