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In all seriousness, this thread is pretty cool. I'm simply joking with my #402 & #505 bears. Those bears are average, and both were under 200#I've killed a couple above average, and packed out a few above average bears in WA. I have seen one that I could solidly say was 300#. It squared 6'-7" and the head and hide weighed 115#. He was a giant.These measurements are cool. Maybe we can get a solid formula for the pieced out bears.

I just thought of a new invention: Ultralight scales.

As much as it would be nice to have a formula, it's just not very reliable. For example, 2 women I dated were 5'6" tall, both had a 38 inch bust. One was 115 lbs. and the other was 165. They both had blond hair.

Quote from: DaveMonti on May 17, 2017, 09:47:31 PMAs much as it would be nice to have a formula, it's just not very reliable. For example, 2 women I dated were 5'6" tall, both had a 38 inch bust. One was 115 lbs. and the other was 165. They both had blond hair. What kind of formula are you looking for weight or should you keep them , but will say bust has to be in the formula.

Gents, I am the guy that came up with the 4 legs (minus hide and feet) multiplied by 3.25 as an estimate of live weight. I came up with that figure by weighing the 4 legs of a couple bears and getting length and girth measurements of those same bears. I think it is close and will at least give a hunter a better clue than their wild ass guess. Of course we could also just report the weight of the legs since those do come out of the field and can easily be weighed on a bathroom scale. The 4 legs from my first bear, taken August 1 of 1997, weighed 104 pounds. I did not get the girth off that bear unfortunately. My biggest bear was taken in May of 2001 and its legs weighed 120#. It was a 13 year old boar with a 20" skull. The hide measured 77" nose to tail and 88" front claws to front claws. I do not remember the exact girth measurement but I do remember that from the chart I had figured it to weigh real close to 400# so the girth must have been 51". So if live weight based from the chart is 400 and the 4 legs weigh 120# then the formula of 400/120=3.33 in this case. So 3.25 would be conservative. My brother's biggest bear had a girth of 48" and it was in the 66-78" length category so the chart would put its live weight at 350#. The 4 legs from that bear weighed 107#. So 107*3.25=347#This formula I think is in the ball park. Basically what we who care about such things would like to see happen is for bear hunters to measure the length and girth of the bears they shoot and then weigh the 4 legs and get more feedback on the veracity or lack thereof of this formula. The cinammon bear is my biggest bear with 120# legs and the chocolate bear is my brother's with 107# legs. Thanks, Brian.