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Old 09-08-2010, 08:22 PM
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Hi everybody,
I realize that the name of the site is "Deer Hunters Club.com,however,I was wondering if there are any black bear hunters here and if so,what types of strategies do you use?

I missed my chance last year to bag one of those big black walking rugs, but am bound and determined to get one this year.
Last year my buddy came over to my house and dumped some black oil sunflower seeds in hopes of attracting the deer to my property.
Well the deer did not show up,however a whole bunch of black bear did!
I could not shoot one as they were not legal to take in my WMU at the time.

This will be(hopefully)my first bear,and I was wondering the best method of field dressing it.

Any and all info would be really appreciated.

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Old 09-09-2010, 05:10 AM
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Hi everybody,
I realize that the name of the site is "Deer Hunters Club.com,however,I was wondering if there are any black bear hunters here and if so,what types of strategies do you use?

I missed my chance last year to bag one of those big black walking rugs, but am bound and determined to get one this year.
Last year my buddy came over to my house and dumped some black oil sunflower seeds in hopes of attracting the deer to my property.
Well the deer did not show up,however a whole bunch of black bear did!
I could not shoot one as they were not legal to take in my WMU at the time.

This will be(hopefully)my first bear,and I was wondering the best method of field dressing it.

Any and all info would be really appreciated.

Jason M
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I am also a new member. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guy !
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:28 AM
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I've only hunted black bears once, around an old homestead apple orchard - never saw one despite the massive amounts of sign. I attended an outdoors dinner earlier this year and sat in on a deep woods bear hunting talk. Long story short - and there were lots of stories - this guy would field dress and skin the bear where it expired. The reason was bears have thick hides that prevent the body to cool down. He also said the fat will spoil and become rancid very quickly so good trimming is a must as soon as possilble. He also prefered younger bears for better tasting meat. I'm no expert but just passing along one experts knowledge. Hope you get one!
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:23 AM
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Greetings Kathleenp980, Welcome to the Deer Hunters club!

Jason1965 I'm no expert on bear hunting but I can confirm bears have a really tough hide
make sure you have a sharp knife along with a sharp back-up knife for field dressing.
link to Field dressing a bear at ehow

Also, pack the cavity ASAP with ice because bear meat can spoil quickly due to the bears thick blanketing hide.

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Old 09-09-2010, 11:26 AM
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Greetings Kathleenp980, Welcome to the Deer Hunters club!

What he said!!! X2 even, newcomers are always welcome!!!

Welcome from Central Texas!
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:00 PM
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Welcome top both of you from Kentucky......
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:58 PM
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A bear can be field dressed the same as a deer. The organs and vitals are pretty much the same. The underside of a bear is not as thick and furry as the top. Myself, I think that is easier to field dress a bear over a deer but that's just me. As BB said, keep ice handy to cool it quickly.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:32 PM
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I have written an article on taxidermy for this site which covers in great detail how to field dress a bear for taxidermy work (including diagrams of where to cut). You will find it by going to the home page, look under Recently Added Hunting Tips. Click on "View a list of all of our Hunting Tips Articles". Then click "Taxidermy Tips". Let me know what you think.
Bruce, your suggestion to have a sharp knife is always a good idea, but I have skinned over 100 bears during my years doing taxidermy, and their skin is nowhere near as tough as a deer's. Also I looked at the link which you gave for field dressing a bear and the very first step is way wrong if ANY kind of taxidermy work might be considered for the bear. The whole idea of having to cut a dead animal's throat to bleed it out is totally unnecessary even if no taxidermy work is wanted.

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Old 09-09-2010, 08:37 PM
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I ve done two black bears and its basically the same as a deer. However they drag like a300lb bag of chains . Polling them out to save the hide for a rug isn't a piece of cake either. Good luck .
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:50 PM
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