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Bear hunting

Postby Mooswa » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:41 am

Do any of you bear hunt? The fall season is on and I will be getting serious here shortly. Lots of great things come from a bear besides a nice hide. Bear meat is very good if handled properly. Bear fat rendered produces beautiful snow white lard that makes excellent pastry as well as being used in a bunch of recipes for arthritis, skin balm, etc. Great leather preservative and boot grease as well.
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Re: Bear hunting

Postby ICRCC » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:47 am

I used to do a lot of hunting and yes I hunted bear along with dear and moose but that was a long time ago.
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Re: Bear hunting

Postby Mooswa » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:00 am

Hmmm.......... thought you may have. I also smoke the hams like we do with pork and they are excellent. Have you tried that?

My wife swears that the bear lard makes the finest pastry. It is absolutely snow white and odorless when you are finished rendering it. I sure can't complain about the pie crusts. :)

I do a lot of deer and moose hunting myself ICRCC. My wife and I were raised on moose meat and I have been guiding for them (and other things) for 35 years now.

Will be interesting to see how many others bear hunt. I have a great recipe for breakfast sausage done from bear meat and you would swear it was pork.
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Re: Bear hunting

Postby WestCoastSurvival » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:03 am

Haven't yet plan is for next year. I have tried the meat and loved it. Only hunted deer and moose so far.
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Re: Bear hunting

Postby ICRCC » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:08 am

I have never tried smoking meat. I bought a real nice smoker two years ago but I just haven't got round to using it yet. It is on the list. I love deer hunting and venison is by far my favorite meat. I still get a lot of moose and deer stakes given to me but not bear. I guess not too many people hunt bear which is a shame. With the spring bear hunt cancelled for many years now in Ontario there is a real nuisance bear problem. The MNR used to relocate them but that got too expensive. So now people call the police and they shoot them! That is definitely not wildlife management! Pitiful.
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Re: Bear hunting

Postby Mooswa » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:15 am

I hear you. We have a spring and fall season here, but............ we had a farmer killed by a black bear a couple years ago and since then all the bears caught but the MNR are killed. They do not advertise it, but that is the case.

Well get that smoker going. Heck, you can make some great venison sausage to.

This weekend I am doing some lake trout. They are in the brine right now.
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Re: Bear hunting

Postby Mooswa » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:24 am

Well the lake trout is in the brine and will dry it tomorrow and then do the smoking.

Wife and I went bear hunting this evening and saw 11, but did not see what we want. Will try again tomorrow evening. We did see a beautiful young male that was a rich cinnamon colour. Just a gorgeous bear.
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Re: Bear hunting

Postby albertaborn » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:16 pm

Bear meat and beaver meats to me are 2 of the best succulent meats out there, easily rivaling Pork.
I would rather eat either 1 than deer, and moose is such a dry meat compared to bear.
In my area we have 2 annual seasons, and there are dozens of bears in my area and a few right on my land. These I am not hunting because if dire need arrives large meat food sources close to home is a good advantage. Just have to teach them to respect us and our yard space, as we respect them and their space. If bears do not see your site as an easy place to find or acquire feed that is the first step.
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Re: Bear hunting

Postby farmgal » Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:51 pm

I have not personally hunted Bear, but I have eaten it both as a child and as a adult as different family members have over the years, I have always enjoyed it the way its been prepared.. I do second that beaver is lovey if done right.
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Re: Bear hunting

Postby RachelM » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:34 pm

Actually just got my hunting license, and now I'm going through the paperwork for the firearms. Have a tag for deer, just saving the cash for a crossbow. That way even my old man can use it (Bad shoulders, hips, and just about everything else on him!).

I have been interested in going up north for a hunt. I love rifles better than shotguns (I think it's more skillful, plus I'm a decent shot!). I've heard that the fall bear hunt lends to crappy hides vs. the now trashed spring season (Hopefully with all the bears in the city they'll reverse that). Any truth to the statement? I assume there would be more meat though, since they are fattening up for winter.
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