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Planning a Spring Bear Hunt? Learn How to Field Judge Now

Judging a trophy animal that doesn’t have antlers is harder than you think. 

So you’re planning a bear hunt and that is surely something to be excited about. But do you even know what makes a “big” bear “big”?

Even if you do, chances are you haven’t viewed very many bears in the wild and furthermore, you probably haven’t had the opportunity to compare them to something for a size reference. Luckily, all isn’t lost. Check out the video below for some helpful tips to make sure the bear you get is a rug and not a place mat.

Bear are officially scored by skull size, if you’re thinking purely in terms of a “book” bear. As you can see, there are several methods to help you determine if the bruiser you’re looking at truly has a pumpkin head or not for your bear hunt. If the ears look big and fox-like and the neck looks distinct and skinny, you might want to pass despite your nerves convincing you that you’re staring at a giant. Trust me, I’ve been there.

If you’re thinking more in terms of mass weight, meat, and cape size, then consider the appearance of the rump and belly.

Though notoriously difficult to field judge, there are multiple tools at your disposal to help you decide if a bear is a keeper or not during your bear hunt. When all of these indicators are taken in to account you can be sure you’re getting the most out of your trip and returning home happy.


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Planning a Spring Bear Hunt? Learn How to Field Judge Now