richie, i'm going to keep some share the rest. its not a dumpster bear so it should be good meat. i have had some before and it was pretty good but i'm not really a bear hunter. i get a licence every year but don't really go. our season starts sep one and runs into rifle season for deer in nov, so its a bear of opportunity. where is tazewell in relationship to roanoke? i was there last weekend and make the run a couple times a year. va is probably my favorite state. the shenandoah valley is beautiful.