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Thoughts on this bear? #8006623
11/29/23 04:51 AM
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On camera last night

Male? Female?

Size?

I've got till Friday to foot snare and am considering it

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Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006628
11/29/23 05:14 AM
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really hard to say with just one pic,

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006655
11/29/23 06:27 AM
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female is my guess

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006656
11/29/23 06:30 AM
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I think it looks likea sow head too

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006671
11/29/23 07:14 AM
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Perfect shot angle right there = shoot......jk


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Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006674
11/29/23 07:16 AM
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Sow.

Osky


"A womans heart is the hardest rock the Almighty has put on this earth, and I can find no sign on it"

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Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #8006675
11/29/23 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Trapper Dahlgren
really hard to say with just one pic,


All I got! Lol.

My first thought was that it wasn't blocky enough for a boar.


Either way, a real big bear.

I'll probably leave her be

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006684
11/29/23 07:30 AM
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Itís black

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: jalstat] #8006686
11/29/23 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by jalstat
Itís black


We can't say that anymore

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006689
11/29/23 07:40 AM
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Lol

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006694
11/29/23 07:44 AM
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Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006698
11/29/23 07:48 AM
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There can be an oddity of course but according to the bear researchers Iíve worked with in northern Minnesota, female black bears structurally grow until they are sexually mature and things happen. They can still put on tissue and fat of course after that.

At my camp since the 80ís Iíve only had two sows make the 300lb mark, barely. It was explained to me those two sows for whatever reason did not have cubs the first few years they could have and so had grown larger skeletally.

I know some areas may cause exception to this, my area is the heavily bushed north country. Sows on camera can appear large but rarely are what they seem.

Osky


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Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006761
11/29/23 08:44 AM
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The odds say it is a boar.
Most females are denned up by now, especially if they have Cubs or are pregnant.
My 2 cents


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Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006763
11/29/23 08:45 AM
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If that bear did not have cubs with it it is likely not a sow. A bred sow would already be denned up for the winter. Reason being that the fertilized eggs do not implant in the uterus until she dens up, and bred sows den up by November 15 in order for this to happen. If she does not den at this time the cubs are born too late and will be too small to follow the mother when she leaves the den in spring. Many things in nature go by a certain time schedule!

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006766
11/29/23 08:52 AM
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It's a yearling, pretty hard to tell males from females when they are young like that. Pretty fat though.

One photo can be very decieving.

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006772
11/29/23 08:56 AM
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I thought I was always told a big bear made its ears look small. Knowing nothing else, I'd target that one.


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Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006797
11/29/23 09:33 AM
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There are many variables as to when a sow or boar go to den, wether they stay denned, how often they wake during the winter and how often they go walk about during the coldest snowiest times.
When I ran cameras for deer, thinking we had any deer here, many times thru to November tagged sows showed up alone. Minnesota primarily tags sows.

Osky


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Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006824
11/29/23 10:00 AM
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Go measure the tracks.

Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Leftlane] #8006827
11/29/23 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Leftlane
I thought I was always told a big bear made its ears look small. Knowing nothing else, I'd target that one.


That's my experience, a small bear 1or2 years old will have large ears compared to their heads.
The bear in the picture is an older bear , and a large bear, male or female is just a guess, but looks like a boar to me.


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Re: Thoughts on this bear? [Re: Hutchy] #8006828
11/29/23 10:02 AM
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It would be nice to get a better vantage point on the pic, If you have a nice size boar the butt end almost has the same symmetry as the front rounded chest and a sow's back legs are pin shaped slightly more. This is the first bear I passed on,September 13th to shoot my Cinnamon Bear- my neighbor took him the following weekend, he said he weighed 388/lbs.
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