The state dropped the size limit a few years ago because of the dificulty on judging the size of a live bear. People would shoot a bear and then leave it in the woods if they didn't think it was going to make the 100 pound mark.
They want to take more bears out and start to reduce the population. A lot of the prime bear habitat is being built up (doesn't that sound familiar?) and they are having more and more bear/human conflicts than ever.
This is my first year bear hunting.I went to Wv saw 3 bear's and know just with
a quick look 2 were over 100 pound's 1 was just a litte one 70 to 100 pounds
So if I can tell a live bear is over 100 pounds you must be a dumb #$$ if you can't tell that dead is over 100 pound's
As a Taxidermist I look at hundreds of Whitetail Bucks every year. I know that I have seen many different ways people judge the size of racks on live deer. I think for the most part they all are pretty close. I'm going to give you some measurements that I have noticed being right on in just about every deer. We have used it in the last couple years and have only been off by about 5-6 inches. We do study the deer while bowhunting so we get a little more time to look at them....