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difference between a male and female

Is there anyway to tell the difference between a board and sow bear. other then with cubs.

Location: Muskoka Ontario
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Re: difference between a male and female

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.

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Location: Arizona
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Re: difference between a male and female

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.

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Re: difference between a male and female

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.