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Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« on: May 16, 2017, 03:46:10 PM »
So the question and topic come up all the time.

"What did that bear weigh?"

"Oh about 300 pounds" is the standard answer for a mature bear. Studies show that you're wrong.

But I'm not here to berate you, I'd like your help in testing two methods for judging a bear in the field.

The first is the length-girth chart.



Length is a skinned bear measuring from tip of nose to tip of tail.

Girth is measured behind the front shoulders all the way around the body.

Obviously in some situations a tape measure isn't handy. So take a piece of para cord and tie a knot at the length location and one for the girth and check when you get out.

The other method requires a small luggage scale (less then 75 lb capacity) and involves weighing each BONE IN quarter minus feet and multiplying by 3.25 (thanks to a forum member for this method).

So 100 pounds in quarters would equate to a 325 pound bear.

And of course if you can get a picture of a bear before you gut him hanging on a scale AND then do the aforementioned methods to compare accuracy that would be even better!

Happy hunting, and really curious to see the results!


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« Last Edit: May 16, 2017, 04:21:20 PM by SilkOnTheWetSide »

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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 04:14:59 PM »
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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 04:15:52 PM »
So the question and topic come up all the time.

"What did that bear weigh?"

"Oh about 300 pounds" is the standard answer for a mature bear. Studies show that your wrong.

But I'm not here to berate you, I'd like your help in testing two methods for judging a bear in the field.

The first is the length-girth chart.



Length is a skinned bear measuring from tip of nose to tip of tail.

Girth is measured behind the front shoulders all the way around the body.

Obviously in some situations a tape measure isn't handy. So take a piece of para cord and tie a knot at the length location and one for the girth and check when you get out.

The other method requires a small luggage scale (less then 75 lb capacity) and involves weighing each BONE IN quarter minus feet and multiplying by 3.25 (thanks to a forum member for this method).

So 100 pounds in quarters would equate to a 325 pound bear.

And of course if you can get a picture of a bear before you gut him hanging on a scale AND then do the aforementioned methods to compare accuracy that would be even better!

Happy hunting, and really curious to see the results!


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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017, 04:17:44 PM »

you're wrong
your 2nd internet win of the day. when your hot youre hot i guess... :bow:

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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2017, 04:29:42 PM »
So 100 pounds in quarters would equate to a 325 pound bear.

Not a chance this is accurate.
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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2017, 04:35:08 PM »
So 100 pounds in quarters would equate to a 325 pound bear.

Not a chance this is accurate.
i havent tested it myself, but the person i heard this from has killed a heap of good bears. its not like bear quarters are big...
heck even that toad we just cut up, the quarters fit in TAG backstrap bags... ive cut up a few big bears and they dont yield much meat..

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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2017, 04:37:19 PM »
No matter how large the bear is that I will get, it will weigh 325lbs.  :chuckle:

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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2017, 04:39:43 PM »
@high country
Did you weigh anything on your big bear?
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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2017, 04:43:53 PM »

@high country
Did you weigh anything on your big bear?


I scaled the hide with skull and paws @ 75lbs.

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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2017, 04:44:57 PM »
So 100 pounds in quarters would equate to a 325 pound bear.

Not a chance this is accurate.
i havent tested it myself, but the person i heard this from has killed a heap of good bears. its not like bear quarters are big...
heck even that toad we just cut up, the quarters fit in TAG backstrap bags... ive cut up a few big bears and they dont yield much meat..

I agree, however, you can't tell me the head, hide and guts make up the other 225#.
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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2017, 04:48:28 PM »
100 pounds in quarters
75 pounds in hide, skull and paws.
Is there another 150 pounds in guts, spine, rib bones, etc? I'd guess it's close to that. I don't know. I've never been around a dead bear. Never packed one out.
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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2017, 04:58:52 PM »
I'll get a weight on it before I cut it up. I figured about 50 lbs of blood, guts and trimmed junk on mine. It's a pretty large bear for the spring based on what I've been around in my area. Most seem to be in the 175-225# range. I guessed the one in my profile pic @ 275 live weight. I'm about #240 in the picture.

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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2017, 05:04:59 PM »
100 pounds in quarters
75 pounds in hide, skull and paws.
Is there another 150 pounds in guts, spine, rib bones, etc? I'd guess it's close to that. I don't know. I've never been around a dead bear. Never packed one out.


150 is pretty optimistic IMO.

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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2017, 05:13:56 PM »
100 pounds in quarters
75 pounds in hide, skull and paws.
Is there another 150 pounds in guts, spine, rib bones, etc? I'd guess it's close to that. I don't know. I've never been around a dead bear. Never packed one out.

I think you have 100# tops there Jack.  That's probably high.
And a 75# Head and Hide package is huge.

I've packed out numerous bears, always in pieces.  I've never had a whole bear to weigh, so it interests me.

One thing is for sure, it takes a big ass dog to weigh a ton.
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Re: Bear Weight--Need Your Help
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2017, 05:32:24 PM »
100 pounds in quarters
75 pounds in hide, skull and paws.
Is there another 150 pounds in guts, spine, rib bones, etc? I'd guess it's close to that. I don't know. I've never been around a dead bear. Never packed one out.

I think you have 100# tops there Jack.  That's probably high.
And a 75# Head and Hide package is huge.

I've packed out numerous bears, always in pieces.  I've never had a whole bear to weigh, so it interests me.

One thing is for sure, it takes a big ass dog to weigh a ton.

100 lbs in quarters for a bear is a monster.


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