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Offline BKMFR

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Bear size
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:05:16 PM »
Does anyone know what the biologist say the average weight of a Black Bear is in the State of Washington, Male - Female?

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Re: Bear size
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2017, 02:36:07 AM »
Average bear is 150-170lbs
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Re: Bear size
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2017, 06:48:03 AM »
Trying to find out what biologist actually state... According to NAHC males are 195 lbs., and females 116.5 lbs but wanted to see if State biologist back that up. Seems a little heavy for the average male to me....
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Re: Bear size
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2017, 08:18:36 AM »
For the coast, I remember the fed bios saying that bears in a drainage with salmon were longer and heavier 50-75 lbs than bears in the drainage one over without salmon.  I seem to remember 150F/200M w/o salmon and 200F/250M w/salmon.

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Re: Bear size
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2017, 08:37:09 AM »
I think it would be hard to have a pinned down number because Washington bears can gain as much as 35% of their body weight each fall. Would the weights be spring, summer or fall?

Climatically Washington bears are pretty diverse too which would skew results.
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Re: Bear size
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2017, 04:58:01 PM »
I would say average male 275-300 here in eastern Washington


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Re: Bear size
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2017, 05:16:41 PM »
Time2hunt - That's a bruiser, although I don't think the average is 275-300. Nice bear nonetheless.
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Re: Bear size
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2017, 05:26:25 PM »
I just think 200 lbs is a little on the light side for a mature male bear mid to late summer. Im curious on how this thread progresses and what other members have to say👍


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Re: Bear size
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2017, 05:28:57 PM »
Interesting for sure.  :tup:
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Re: Bear size
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2017, 05:34:24 PM »
Well I thought my spring bear was small compared to my buddies bear. But the Taxi told me 150 lbs. was a average bear in Washington. :dunno:
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Re: Bear size
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2017, 06:19:05 PM »
This bear was supposedly from Russia...  Yes it's real. The pic I mean. :chuckle:

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Re: Bear size
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2017, 09:42:05 PM »
Well I thought my spring bear was small compared to my buddies bear. But the Taxi told me 150 lbs. was a average bear in Washington. :dunno:

Your buddies bear was a stud bear, especially for a spring bear. 150 lbs is an average bear. Obviously certain areas hold bigger bears but it all depends on feed and hunting pressure.  :twocents:

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Re: Bear size
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2017, 09:51:50 PM »
I think 150 to 175 would be pretty solid guess. Also if you are talking just walking around or killed. Plus the time of year.
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Re: Bear size
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2017, 10:28:55 AM »
I've taken or been part of the harvest of 8 bears in the past few years.  From our corner of the world, near McCleary, 3 boars were 305-330lbs.  One sow was 240.  One boar was 251.  The rest were 140-200. 

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Re: Bear size
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2017, 10:45:53 AM »
id say 85% are under 200

id also say most "500 pounders" are under 300
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Re: Bear size
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2017, 02:56:26 PM »
 :yeah:

Last official listing I saw for WA said the average sow was 140 and the average boar for Washington was 160.  This is a few years old though.
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