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Offline Lemoore-on

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Spring Bear taste
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:55:30 AM »
Do you guys eat your spring bears?  Are they as good as a fall bear fattened up on berries? :drool:
I always hunt bears in the fall and I'm thinking about putting in for a spring tag.  Is it just a hide thing?

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 12:03:57 PM »
I have. On the flip side, a buddy had two that were inedible. 
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 12:27:19 PM »
Mine was absolutely delicious from last spring
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 12:28:46 PM »
I've had meat from multiple spring bears, and never had a bad eater.  All eastside animals.
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 12:52:56 PM »
I've had meat from multiple spring bears, and never had a bad eater.  All eastside animals.
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2017, 01:13:18 PM »
They taste like a sapling.

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2017, 01:38:22 PM »
2 westside spring bears and haven't had a bad one yet.
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2017, 07:05:07 PM »
They taste like a dog sort of

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2017, 09:55:01 PM »
Taste like bear. Delicious.
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 10:19:24 PM »
Still eating on my Springer.
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2017, 10:38:28 PM »
Spring bears are way better then fall bears and a lot less greasy. Mine have all been good and the only time I hear of bad ones is the bears that get into the skunk cabbage. Never killed one in it but I can imagine it would make em a little ripe lol
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 05:27:32 AM »
Yea the skunk cabbage they love to eat really gives the meat that added flavor.

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 06:33:37 AM »
Ive always heard Springers are better than Fall bears

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2017, 06:39:22 AM »
I have never been able to tell a difference :twocents:
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2017, 03:45:42 PM »
What meat do you guys take off the bears?  Sausage from quarters and tenderloins for steaks or do you try to take as much as possible like a deer or elk.  Ive never harvested a bear before, sorry for the newb question

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2017, 04:13:10 PM »
What meat do you guys take off the bears?  Sausage from quarters and tenderloins for steaks or do you try to take as much as possible like a deer or elk.  Ive never harvested a bear before, sorry for the newb question

All of it, just like a deer or elk.  Good stuff. :tup:
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2017, 04:15:21 PM »
Spring bears are way better then fall bears and a lot less greasy. Mine have all been good and the only time I hear of bad ones is the bears that get into the skunk cabbage. Never killed one in it but I can imagine it would make em a little ripe lol
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We shoot most of our bears in the spring they are better and not so dang greasy!

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2017, 05:23:01 PM »
They taste like a dog sort of

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2017, 11:19:19 PM »
What meat do you guys take off the bears?  Sausage from quarters and tenderloins for steaks or do you try to take as much as possible like a deer or elk.  Ive never harvested a bear before, sorry for the newb question

All of it, just like a deer or elk.  Good stuff. :tup:

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Saw someone made corned bear, that's what I want to try.  I've shot two Spring bears and eaten many others, even ones shot near sucker spawning streams, all in Ontario. They all tasted great. I shot a September bear in OR many years ago, also delicious.

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2017, 06:26:42 AM »
My Mother-in-law who is highly hesitant around any wildgame meat recently went back for a second helping of slow cooked spring bear roast from the crockpot.
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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2017, 08:09:54 AM »
Thanks for all the replies.  Think I'll give it a shot this year.

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2017, 08:48:45 AM »
What meat do you guys take off the bears?  Sausage from quarters and tenderloins for steaks or do you try to take as much as possible like a deer or elk.  Ive never harvested a bear before, sorry for the newb question

Harvest all of it just like a deer or elk

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Re: Spring Bear taste
« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2017, 09:25:04 PM »
Used to serve it as a delicacy at the Wildlife League

 

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