My partner and I were just out to Minn. this past Friday-Sunday, scouting and baiting. This is our first Do-it-yourself bear hunt and I have a couple of questions, if anyone can answer I would appreciate it.
Sat. we placed 3 paits in areas that we scouted in July, Sunday morning one of the baits had already been hit. Is it common to occur that fast or did we hit a bears beadroom by accident?
If we harvest a bear that is to large for two of us to bring out whole our plan is to skin it and quarter it similar to how you would a moose or elk. Can we leave the ribs, backbone and guts entact and in the woods or do we have to remove that as well?
The next deals with bear size.
We stumbled, and I mean stumbled, onto some very large bear sign, can anyone tell their opinions on just how big this bear may be and what are the chances of harvesting him? (I say him because I believe it is a boar)
His front paw track is just a hair over 6" across. We also found a
"bear tree" / "scratch tree" that leads me to believe he is huge. I am 5'9" and I could not reach the top of the claw marks. On one side of the base of the tree there is no vegitation, just dirt and that side has an almost poished look to it. He has also bit the tree horizontal to the ground, this bite mark is about 5" above my head, my hand spread is 9" and his bite mark is a good 2" beyiond my finger spread. The widest distance between the canine bite marks is just a hair under 2.5" and the bites are about 1/2" into the tree. Any ideas on size? Square, wieght?
Last question, The bark on the aspen were the claw marks where had not discolored yet and the sap from the tree had not started to run or fill the wounds to the tree. How old do you predict the bite mark would be? 24, 48, 72 hours, etc.?
Whoops! One more? Do these trees show up in the bears core area, edge of the area, etc and how often does a bear visit areas like this.
Okay two more! How large is a boar bears home range? On average?
Thanks in advance, and if we harvest him I will post photos.
Last one. Does anyone know anywhere that I can find a chart that estimates bear weight by chest girth?