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Offline nimrod67

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Spring vs fall
« on: January 03, 2017, 11:51:25 AM »
Which is better. Never hunted either but I was gonna put in for the spring hunt and a buddy said the bears are usually skinnier and the fur isn't as nice, is this true.
"One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted...If one were to present the sportsman with the death of the animal as a gift he would refuse it. What he is after is having to win it, to conquer the surly brute through his own effort and skill with all the extras that this carries with it: the immersion in the countryside, the healthfulness of the exercise, the distraction from his job."

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Re: Spring vs fall
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 11:59:51 AM »
I've seen very few "bad" hides on spring bears, especially if they are killed early and the temps stay cool.

I've seen plenty of rubbed out fall bears.

As far as the bears being skinnier in the fall, yes they will be lighter than a fall bear.

If I were you, I wouldn't apply for a spring tag.  You don't want a skinny bear.
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Re: Spring vs fall
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2017, 12:02:47 PM »
Spring time they're skinnier but that is mostly due to burning fat not necessarily muscle atrophy.  In Spring, the coats are usually softer, thicker but some of the bears will have rubbed on something in their dens leaving torn up patches so that sucks.  Bears in spring usually have mellower taste from eating more grass and peeling trees. 

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Re: Spring vs fall
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2017, 10:21:09 PM »
Best hides will come in the spring. Bears will have no fat and are like field dressing a rutted out buck which is quite the opposite with a fall bear where your hands are coated in oil as if you dumped olive oil on your hands  :chuckle:

 

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