Another how big is this bear I video’d??

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So I passed this one up thing he was maybe 175#, but then I noticed how big he belly looked. Was I wrong, how much you guess he weighs?

He has a decent belly....


Here’s the video...
 
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jbogg

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I am terrible at judging bears, but I think your close on the weight. The straight on view as he was approaching you shows he's got some size through his neck and shoulders. Like you said, he has a belly on him as well. That's what a month straight of acorns on the menu will do. I was hunting at around 3400' Friday evening and the acorns were still dropping like crazy every few minutes. Reds and Whites!
 
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I am terrible at judging bears, but I think your close on the weight. The straight on view as he was approaching you shows he's got some size through his neck and shoulders. Like you said, he has a belly on him as well. That's what a month straight of acorns on the menu will do. I was hunting at around 3400' Friday evening and the acorns were still dropping like crazy every few minutes. Reds and Whites!
This was about 3150’. Saw three bears in a day and a half working the same tree. I shot at and clean missed a good size one, I figure 250+. I’ll be buying a scope for my muzzle loader. He winded me at 75 yards, came a little closer to 60 yds and stood up sniffing the air, then dropped & turned to run. I thought I had a good bead, but guess I missed him clean. Searched two days. No blood. No bear.
 
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I watched one about this size climbing down out of the top of a massive red oak this morning. Acorn crop is spottier than I thought.
 
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That bear is hardly over 100#'s. I've helped pull 100's of bears out of the woods and most folks bigeye bears like Roland Martin does a 3 pounders saying "that's a giant 5 pound bass".

The only true way to judge a bear is how is it going to square. Heads are genetic. Some areas just have big headed bears. Other places have big bears with not so big a head. Weigh most times than not just means a fat fall bear. Not unlike a fat lazy person who has a lot of food handy . But a huge guy doesn't have to be a fat guy and most times ain't. Bears are the same way.
 

jbogg

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That bear is hardly over 100#'s. I've helped pull 100's of bears out of the woods and most folks bigeye bears like Roland Martin does a 3 pounders saying "that's a giant 5 pound bass".

The only true way to judge a bear is how is it going to square. Heads are genetic. Some areas just have big headed bears. Other places have big bears with not so big a head. Weigh most times than not just means a fat fall bear. Not unlike a fat lazy person who has a lot of food handy . But a huge guy doesn't have to be a fat guy and most times ain't. Bears are the same way.

I would have guessed way over 100 lbs, but I don't have much experience with bears yet. I passed up several this year that were borderline. Definitely do not want to end up paying a fine for an undersized bear.
 
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I would have guessed way over 100 lbs, but I don't have much experience with bears yet. I passed up several this year that were borderline. Definitely do not want to end up paying a fine for an undersized bear.
It was a lot bigger than the one I already shot this year @ ~140#'s , so 100#'s is too light for sure. The 140# had no belly whatsoever and this one def has a pot belly. I"m not saying he's a monster, but def ez over 100#.
 
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That's perfect dragging size though. 150-175ish
 
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