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Bear Harvest - Processing?

I read an article recently, on this forum, which seemed to imply that when hunting grizzly bears – the bears are skinned in the field and the carcasses remain there – and that all that is taken is the head and the skin.

I would assume, of course, that the feet and claws remain as part of the skin.  

 

It also read like these abandoned carcasses are used as “bait” to harvest subsequent bears.

 

Is this typically the case? 

Are bears not good to eat?

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In Alaska sport taken

In Alaska sport taken griz/brownie all that is required is to take the hide with head and claws attached. Some subsistence hunts the edible meat is required to be salvaged others the hide and edible meat has to be brought out.

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Hey Chuck, Thanks... I was

Hey Chuck,

Thanks... I was wondering if the grizzlies were not good to eat - I know folks eat black bears..

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I've eaten some griz it's OK

I've eaten some griz it's OK but is a little bland I've also eaten fish eating brown bear and it is pretty disgusting, definitely survival food.

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bear meat as food?

I have never tasted brown bear or grizzley but I've had black bear multiple times.  Each time I've had it (and it has been cooked a variety of ways by multiple people from multiple bear) I can eat it, but I do not want seconds.  The flovors vary with the recipe and I suspect with what the bears have been eating but all are a red meat that has a subtle taste that I don't care for.  Oh if I were starving you bet I'd eat every ounce of any bear I could.  But given the choice of other meats, I'll pass on bear.

It might be partially a psychological thing for me.  Every time I eat bear it feels like I have a piece of big black Labrodor dog on my fork. 

But bottom line, while I REALLY want a big bear skin rug - if and when I harvest my bear I plan to donate the meat to a game supper or some other charity that will make good use of it.  It is just not something that I will enjoy eating.

 Despite that, I've had other people tell me that they love it.  So to each their own I guess!

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bear meat

 

I've also eaten black bear a couple of times and was fine with the way it was prepared both times. The first time was in Maine last year and the chicken fried bear loin was simply delicious. I had no problem wanting and eating seconds. Of course, most anything tastes pretty good if prepared and fried properly.  Yes

This year's bear was a hind quarter of a smallish bear (bout 200 lbs) that was slow cooked in a huge slow cooker for about 10 hours. The meat was very tender, but not overly flavored. I used some BBQ sauce as a dipping sauce and had seconds on that one as well.

 

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Maybe it is a carnivore

Maybe it is a carnivore eating a carnivore - as it relates to humans eating a brown or grizzly bear?

Perhaps the black bear - who I think is really more of a herbivore - is a better eating beast?

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You're probably right ..................

jim boyd wrote:

Maybe it is a carnivore eating a carnivore - as it relates to humans eating a brown or grizzly bear?

Perhaps the black bear - who I think is really more of a herbivore - is a better eating beast?

You're probably right on both however, the larger black bear boars are very good predators and can do a number on new born deer and moose. The best black bear meat is fall bears taken from berry patches.

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what do they eat

I cannot say this is fact, but I have heard from those who should know that black bears up to around 400 pounds can and do eat most anything. Once they start getting 400+ pounds (at least in the continental U.S.) their diet consists more and more of meat. Sounded interesting and came from someone who should be familiar with their habits, so.....  

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Black bears are opportunist

Black bears are opportunist to where they will eat anything that they can get their paws on.  That includes gut piles and dead deer and elk that they find in their wandering.  I couldn't tell you how many black bears that I have seen scarfing up the gut piles of deer and elk the day after a hunter has left it for them.  If it wasn't considered bating I would sit on a gut pile just to get myself a bear here in Colorado. 

Now as far as eating them the ones that I have tasted haven't been that bad.  Some of the roast were tougher than others but it was good. 

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