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Field dressing suggestions.

I'm going on my first bear hunt in a few weeks and would like any suggestions on field dressing. Is it the same as with a deer or are there things I should look out for? (Glands or other things that could ruin the meat or hide)

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Field dressing suggestions.

Just get it skinned as soon as possible. But yes just like any other animal. What do you plan on doing with the hide? Going to do a rug or what?
Good luck and have fun.

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Re: Field dressing suggestions.
byersm66 wrote:
I'm going on my first bear hunt in a few weeks and would like any suggestions on field dressing. Is it the same as with a deer or are there things I should look out for? (Glands or other things that could ruin the meat or hide)

The main thing with a bear is to get it skinned out as soon as possible to allow the carcass and hide to cool. Field dressing a bear is not much different than doing a deer. Watch out that the contents of the bowel and bladder don't come in contact with the meat. Take extra caution in making the dorsel cut (from the anus up the belley and to the chest cavity) and try not to open the stomach or any of the bowel. Remember that your bear has been eating all of that junk you've been baiting him with and you don't want to expose any of the meat to the stomach contents.

Once you get him field dressed, work on getting the hide off so that your meat and skin will cool down or you might have some spoilage. Good luck!

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Field dressing suggestions.

Thanks guys. I'm going to try do have the rug done and I want the skull done too. In Maine they have to take the bear to a weigh station before it can be skinned or butchered, at lease thats how I read the rules.

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OK.....if you have to get your bear registered before you can skin it I would recommend having a good supply of ice available and pack the chest/abdominal cavity with bags/blocks of ice to cool the carcass down. I live in northern Minnesota and here the DNR recognizes the urgency to get the meat and skin cooled down quickly and allows a hunter to skin/quarter their bear as long as its registered within 48 hrs of the kill. Have fun and good luck!

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For sure i think everyone will tell you gettin that bear close to frozen is the best way to keep the meat nice and fresh gettin the hide off is a good way to cool that meat down here in canada we do alot of stuff different But im sure its just as fun huntin thier have fun with it anyway

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Field dressing suggestions.

What is the best way to transport the meat? should I use plastic bags or cloth bags?

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Location: Minnesota
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If you can get the meat cooled (by cool weather or ice) you can transport it safely in plastic bags. Once you get it cooled, pack it in coolers and keep it chilled. If, for whatever reason, you can't get the meat cooled enough, I would use cloth game bags. Game bags should be available at most outdoor/hunting stores and are made of a breathable cloth so the meat doesn't start to break down.

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A lot of guys hunting boar here in California carry two large pillow cases with them. A lot of the game bags out there are crappy... Dirt and flies go right through them. But with two large pillow cases, you can fill both bags, tie them together, and throw them over your neck and across your shoulders. They breathe just fine, and will actually keep dirt and flies out!

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thats a good idea

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I use a canvas tarp load it in the truck bring it home cut it up put it in the freezer

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