I guide here in Thompson, Manitoba for an outfitter and we do get some big bears 7 feet or more. This last year up North the food was plentyful and each Sow we saw had three cubs. I think the population will be great in the years to come if the food is good and the winters not to harsh. One blackbear that was hit by a car in Manitoba a couple of years ago weighed over 800lbs. Lots of the big boys don't come out till dark. Had some photo's taken on game cam.
I also have this weird bird that triggered my camera. I don't have a clue what it is but can try and post it if anyone wants to try and figure out what it is.
Here is an inexpenive and effective deer feeder I made recently.
No batteries to go dead, no hoisting it up in the tree, plenty of capacity, very easy to fill - so far, I love it.
I have made two of these and they are easy to build.
An empty 55 gallon drum, some 2x4's, some PVC tubing and fittings, a little bit of hardware and some paint - and you are ready to go.
I designed it so you can stand on the lower rung and fill it - the top is about 6.5 feet above the ground.
It holds about 375...