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Big Game Hunting => Bear Hunting => Topic started by: Lemoore-on on December 06, 2017, 11:55:30 AM

Title: Spring Bear taste
Post by: Lemoore-on 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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Post by: h20hunter 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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Post by: buglebuster on December 06, 2017, 12:27:19 PM
Mine was absolutely delicious from last spring
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Post by: Timberstalker 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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Post by: trophyhunt 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.
:yeah: same same!
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Post by: Skyvalhunter on December 06, 2017, 01:13:18 PM
They taste like a sapling.
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Post by: X-Force on December 06, 2017, 01:38:22 PM
2 westside spring bears and haven't had a bad one yet.
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Post by: snake on December 06, 2017, 07:05:07 PM
They taste like a dog sort of
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Post by: dmoua on December 06, 2017, 09:55:01 PM
Taste like bear. Delicious.
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Post by: ghosthunter on December 06, 2017, 10:19:24 PM
Still eating on my Springer.
Love it.
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Post by: carpsniperg2 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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Post by: Skyvalhunter 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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Post by: boneaddict on December 07, 2017, 06:33:37 AM
Ive always heard Springers are better than Fall bears
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Post by: lewy on December 07, 2017, 06:39:22 AM
I have never been able to tell a difference :twocents:
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Post by: elkchaser54 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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Post by: Timberstalker 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:
Title: Re: Spring Bear taste
Post by: idaho guy 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
  :yeah:
We shoot most of our bears in the spring they are better and not so dang greasy!
Title: Re: Spring Bear taste
Post by: hunter399 on December 07, 2017, 05:23:01 PM
They taste like a dog sort of

I don't wanna know how you know this. :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:
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Post by: lokidog 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:

 :yeah:

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.
Title: Re: Spring Bear taste
Post by: CaNINE 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.
Title: Re: Spring Bear taste
Post by: Lemoore-on 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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Post by: boneaddict 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
Title: Re: Spring Bear taste
Post by: Calvin Rayborn on December 19, 2017, 09:25:04 PM
Used to serve it as a delicacy at the Wildlife League