collapse
Bearpaw Outfitters, Quality Hunts for over 30 Years

Author Topic: Question about scat  (Read 908 times)

Offline follow maggie

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2008
  • Posts: 1189
  • Location: Bremerton, WA
  • Hunt anywhere, anytime!
Question about scat
« on: August 26, 2017, 09:35:13 PM »
So I'm new to bear hunting this year & was out today practicing what I read in Saylean's new book. A question I have is trying to age scat, to tell about how old it is. I came across this pile about the size of my boot. The color is a pretty bright red, only a little darker than the berries on the plants. It was really dry, but still firm. I was thinking it's probably a couple days to maybe a week old. Is that a reasonable guestimation?

Offline Machias

  • Trapper
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 15453
  • Location: Worley, ID
Re: Question about scat
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 08:14:12 AM »
Depending on weather conditions, but that looks quite old to me, maybe a couple of weeks old.  Just a guess though.
Fred Moyer


History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.

Offline KFhunter

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jan 2011
  • Posts: 16303
  • Location: The Wedge
  • My posts do not reflect an official opinion of HW
Re: Question about scat
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 08:20:30 AM »
hard to tell from the picture, it's been so hot and dry too.  A better way to age might be to see what's in it.  If it's mostly grass then it was probably from this spring.  If it's full of seeds then by knowing when those berry's come ripe will help. Small little thimble berry seeds most likely early summer

If it's apples then it's going to be pretty fresh as the bears are moving into orchards and hitting the wild apple and fruit trees now.   

Offline bearpaw

  • Family, Friends, Outdoors
  • Administrator
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2009
  • Posts: 29877
  • Location: Colville
  • "Rather Be Cougar Huntin"
    • http://www.facebook.com/DaleDenney
    • Bearpaw Outfitters
  • Groups: WFW, WSTA, WSB, WPHA, FWM, NRA, SCI, RMEF, NAHC, IOGA, MOGA, CCOC, BBB
Re: Question about scat
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 08:27:26 AM »
It looks really old, most likely that bear is eating something different by now. You are on the right thought pattern but keep looking around for fresher scat and/or padded out trails.  :tup:
Americans are systematically advocating, legislating, and voting away each others rights. Support all user groups & quit losing opportunity!

http://trophymaps.com "Do-It-Yourself" Hunting Maps" 
http://bearpawoutfitters.com Guided, Semi-Guided, Unguided, and Drop Camp Hunts in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Washington. Hunts with tags available (no draw) spring bear, fall bear, buffalo, cougar, elk, mule deer, turkey, whitetail, wolf!

Offline follow maggie

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2008
  • Posts: 1189
  • Location: Bremerton, WA
  • Hunt anywhere, anytime!
Re: Question about scat
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 03:38:01 PM »
Thanks, guys

 

* Recent Topics

Time for a drift boat by ASHQUACK
[Today at 09:50:09 PM]


Chehalis river fishing by ASHQUACK
[Today at 09:44:06 PM]


WTB Browning X-bolt 6.5CM by spoonman
[Today at 09:37:32 PM]


SW late archery hunting ideas by JmcBowhunbter82
[Today at 09:33:23 PM]


Mt. View Unit by huntnnw
[Today at 09:28:48 PM]


Looking for good archery back pack... by Screaminreelz
[Today at 09:23:34 PM]


Sheep Tag, Yahoo by csaaphill
[Today at 09:20:24 PM]


quilemene archery quality buck tag by Jimmy33
[Today at 09:07:20 PM]


CVA, bullet, powder combination??? by JakeLand
[Today at 09:06:58 PM]


Vote No on Initiative 1639 - Get the Word Out! by swordtine
[Today at 08:56:49 PM]


Pic of dandy 8x8 on gold creek station FB page. by Dan-o
[Today at 08:54:48 PM]


tearing down dams by Cougartail
[Today at 08:52:53 PM]


Bloodline bullet by black hog
[Today at 08:50:49 PM]


Late turkey hunt question by baldopepper
[Today at 08:47:06 PM]


NE thunder chicken by mdbuck5x5
[Today at 08:44:51 PM]


The Fur Shed Newsletter ~ Diagonal or Hard Copy? by Trapper John
[Today at 08:43:15 PM]


"Old Warrior Project" by quadrafire
[Today at 08:39:45 PM]


Palouse Whitetail by csaaphill
[Today at 08:34:46 PM]


WTS/WTT Ruger LCRx w/Copper Cylinder by badkarma
[Today at 08:34:35 PM]


5 Points......(mule deer or blacktails) by quadrafire
[Today at 08:24:59 PM]