Around here it's all about the body weight. Whenever you ask someone how big their bear was they'll tell you the weight. I think body weight is just easier to see and gives a better idea of how big the bear actually was. If I say I shot a bear that weighed 750 pounds you're gonna picture it in you head and know that's a big bear. Even non-hunters would know it's a big bear. Plus bear fluctuate so much in size that weight really is a separater between a trophy and a young bear. If you used weights for deer they wouldn't be that far apart. They'd range from 100 to 300 pounds which really doesn't do a 200" whitetail justice. Now if I went up to someone and said I shot a bear with a 22" skull most people are gonna say..oh, ok and have no idea what that means. Take my bear for example. He dressed out at 356 and was 3 1/2 years old. His skull measured 20 11/16ths though. Mighty big skull for a bear of that size.