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300 lb Bear
« on: October 19, 2009, 04:38:30 pm »

How much meat can I expect to get after having it processed?
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009, 09:29:32 am »

120-150 pounds

Sorry I did it first time in my head only.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009, 03:49:30 pm »

Really!  Wow.  I would have expected only about 1/2 due to how much fat there is an a heavier bone structure than deer. Thanks.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009, 06:36:47 pm »

Do you have any pictures of it before you shot it. I've been getting a lot of pictures of bears on my game cam, but haven't seen any hunting yet.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009, 08:04:36 pm »

How much meat can I expect to get after having it processed?

You won't come close to 180-230lbs of meat off a 300lb anything, much less a bear.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2009, 08:15:42 pm »

Here is a chart for you for estimating the weight of your bear in the field.  So few bear are actually weighed and usually don't come any where near the guessed weight.






Chest Girth*   Body Length**
                < 66"    66" - 78" > 78"
29"               88       XX          XX
30"               97       XX          XX
31"               105      XX          XX
32"               115      XX          XX
33"               124      XX          XX
34"               134       XX         XX
35"               145      160         XX
36"               156      170         XX
37"               167      180         XX
38"               178      190         XX
39"               190       210        232
40"               203       220        248
41"               215       235        263
42"               228       255        278
43"               241       265        295
44"               256       285        312
45"               270       300        330
46"               284       315        348
47"               299       330        385
48"               315       350        365
49"               330       365        404
50"               347       385        424
51"               363       400        443
52"               380       420        464
53"               398       440        486
54"               415       460        507
55"               433       480        529
56"               XX        500        551   
57"               XX        520        574
58"               XX        540        598
59"               XX        565        623
60"               XX        585        647
Dressed weight will be 16% less than live weight.

XX - indicates unknown combination
* - Girth is taken around the middle of the bear.
** - Length is taken from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.

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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2009, 08:21:18 pm »

If I get close enough to run this test I hope he's already dead.

I've got some pictures of him next to a tree so I might acutally be able to get close to knowing his height.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2009, 08:27:30 pm »

I hope you get to measure one out, and hopefully it takes three people to do it.  If you can roll him around by yourself, he's not that big, but if it takes three of you, you know you got a good one.

Good luck
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2009, 08:34:50 pm »

pig_sooie
Here is a website that shows the expected amount of meat from different animals.  Bear is not included, but it does give you an idea of how much to expect.  50% of live weight would be a great yield for processed meat, but its probably more like 30-40%

http://www.countryhomemeats.com/slaughter_and_processing.htm
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2009, 09:02:37 pm »

I can't believe I haven't seen one. In late sept and early october I was getting pics of them everyday.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2009, 09:12:54 pm »

70 pounds of guts, 25+ hide, 20 pounde head, all the bones. I'll guess about 125.

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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2009, 06:03:42 pm »

Thanks for the info, guys.  It was actually shot by a buddy up around Shores Lake in the Ozark NF so I don't have any pics.  I'm just helping pay for the processing.  The processing plant charges $.40 a lb and said the total would be $75, so I guess we got about 190 lbs dressed weight. Means he must have weighed closer to 250 live.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2009, 09:13:32 pm »

It all depends what you consider dressed weight.  The chart I posted that showed dressed weight to be 16% less than live weight is assuming dressed weight to be gutted, skin on.  I think butchers measure dressed weight with the skin off.  If that was the case, then it was probably around 275lb or so.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2009, 02:39:52 pm »

pig sooie have there been a lot of bears seen in that area?
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2009, 09:40:15 am »

VBR.  He saw 3 that day, and I know of 2 others that were shot close to there at Redding Campground.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2017, 12:43:06 pm »

Shot my first Black Bear last Wednesday. It was a boar. I put the hide w/head in a tote and weighed it. Minus the weight of the tote, it weighed 80 LBS. I took the carcass in to get processed. The butcher weighed that @ 185 LBS. I'm guessing the guts weighed maybe 40 LBS for a total of 305 LBS. When I get the meat back from the butcher I'll post the weight.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2017, 02:11:26 pm »

WOW your dug up an old one.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2017, 11:42:06 am »

Weighing all the boxes of meat, I had 123 pounds. After some figuring with weight of boxes/ packaging and added fat and cooked off weight for sausage and snack sticks, I figure 115 lbs, or 37.5% of live weight.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2017, 06:06:32 pm »

Weighing all the boxes of meat, I had 123 pounds. After some figuring with weight of boxes/ packaging and added fat and cooked off weight for sausage and snack sticks, I figure 115 lbs, or 37.5% of live weight.

That's a good yield.  I like black bear meat.  I wish we could hunt them in the spring here.  I think it's better with less fat in it.  Enjoy.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2017, 02:30:50 pm »

How much meat can I expect to get after having it processed?

Thank you and kudos for actually using the bear you killed ...
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2017, 03:28:00 pm »

Thank you and kudos for actually using the bear you killed ...

Exactly.  If you aren't going to eat it, don't kill it.
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Re: 300 lb Bear
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2017, 07:43:28 pm »

Why wouldn't you eat a black bear?  Very good meat.

But, lots of people don't eat the deer they kill either.

Anyone here need extra coyote meat?  I've got all I need.  Willing to share.
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