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.
Others have offered up a sighting of roughly 2 inches high at 100 yards as a good sighting scheme. In my own experience I have come to favor a sighting of 3.5 inches high at 100 yards. This allows for the individual to hold dead-on (directly in the middle of the top and bottom) the animal out to roughly 350 yards.
Magnum calibers such as the 7mm Remington and 300 Winchester will extend this slightly. At 400 yards I hold directly on the backbone of the animal. The drop at this range allows the...