Usualy with a boar bear the ears look smaller because of the big head. You have to see enough of them to be able to tell the difrence. A male bear will grow about a third bigger than a sow?
Hope this helps.
That's tough, since young boars can look like old sows. But if you have a big boar it starts to get easier because the head is beefier and they tend to have a more burly walk. One of the nice things about Alaska is you can hunt over bait. Although some people will debate that choice, it makes for a lot fewer mistakes. You have more time to study the bear, think it over, look for cubs, etc.
Tough call to tell between a boar and a sow. In addition to the info the others have posted, try to form a triangle between the ears and the tip of the snout. A large bear will have almost a perfect triangle shape, whereas a younger bear will have an uneven triangle. Also, a female will have a shorter snout compared to a boar who will have a snout more like a german shepard's.
My biggest discomfort when it comes to hunting is my feet and when they get cold or wet my hunting fun slowly turns to a job trying to keep comfortable.
In my opinion wool socks are the only socks you should be using while hunting. Any other socks do not provide the proper insulation and if they get wet all they are good for is giving you blisters. A common myth people share is that cotton socks will keep you cooler than wool because of the lighter fabric but I have noticed that wool socks in...