Discussion in 'Hunting' started by d2wing, Aug 30, 2022.
This one went 260. This is after gutting it. Probably just over 200 lbs in this photo. He was filled out before
This is a big bear.
Large black bear killed in Rabun County shatters state weight record (onlineathens.com)
I’n other words it’s not a Bruin.
How do I think I know? I see bears at my place quite often. No hunting season for them in Florida and they get quite brazen. They stand on the side of the road or in my yard and aren't real spooky.
I've only seen one really large bear and he was almost touching the bottom of a feeder bucket full of corn while standing on his hind legs reaching up. The bottom of the bucket was 9 feet high. He was about 325 lbs. by my guesstimate.
Bears here don't hibernate so they eat year-round and get quite large. The east coast North Carolina bears get huge though .. must be the genetics.
While I commend the OP for stopping and warning, it probably would have been better to suggest they not have garbage outside and accessible and to empty the bird feeder. Food is the major attraction for black bears in urban areas. As for the dog.....having it outside was probably the best method of keeping the bear away. Don't take a very big dog to scare a Black bear, even the bark of a small ankle biter is enough to make them run. Have lived in and around Black Bear country all of my life.....have never heard of a bear attacking a dog tied up in a yard. But they will ignore them once they realize they are tied up/penned.
They were strangers, knocked on the door. The bear had been feeding in a large cornfield across the road.
Friend in Wilkes Barre PA happened to send me this today. He’s a bird feeder eater.
I was motorcycling in the Jersey highlands with a friend on a dirt road when I saw a cinnamon colored dog in the road. As we got closer I realized it was a bear cub. Friend wanted to stop and take pictures, I put the kibosh on that.
I used to do off road motorcycle riding not far from you in Ravena NY.
Didn't see any bears there though.
You maybe talking about the Greenville in Greene county, yup there's 2 in ny and it's a pain sometimes. I'm in the Orange county one. About 20 miles from that big bear posted above. Not many bear in Greene county, here we have a lot and there big, getting bigger since soy bean is popular lately.
Gun mechanic on the forum, I watch his son shoot his bear 4-5 years ago, that was 500 something dressed.
When I live in PA (my first 50 years) we had bears in our back yard everyday through July-Aug because the huckleberries were ripe on top of the mile long hill we lived on. They would cross the road above our drive way and hoof it on up the hill on the other side of the road.
We had a big bore that visited me often. He would come up on our deck and look in the kitchen window at us when he was alone.
Usually he had about 4-5 females with him and they weren't all that friendly, A lot of distrust in their eyes. They probably had been shot at before.
That big old bore though didn't seemed bothered by me. I'd be out working on my garden tractor in the back yard and he would come up through the woods into my yard and usually take a break there. He would acknowledge me and I would him. He seemed to always want to make sure I made eye contact with him.
He didn't bother me and I didn't bother him, we just tolerated each other almost to a point where we were almost comfortable around each other.
He eventually got shot in bear season and dressed out at 609lbs, he was the third largest black bear shot in PA at that time.
I doubt I would ever "almost" trust a bear again, that one was just, well, different.
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