Bear guys...is this a big bear?

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  1. Whitetail

    Whitetail Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I just pulled a camera from last fall. First pic is from Nov and the second is from May. WOW. Do you think the 2nd pic is the same bear? I never bear hunted but might has to start.

    By the way. It is my first Moultrie camera (mini880) and as I walked up it took my photo. I put it out Oct 20 and pulled it yesterday. It took 878 pics and has 19% battery life remaining (with alkaline Ray-O-Vac aa batteries). It looks like I found a good cheaper camera. No bad pics of deer, bear, turkeys, coyotes, wolves, racoons, foxes, rabbits, grouse and a trespasser. I LIKE BACKTAGS!! After owning only them for years....no more CuddeJunks for me at any price.

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  2. Beagle001

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    Don't think it's the same bear, but the newest one is a dandy
     
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    I agree... they look like two different bears.
    The first one is a TOAD!
     
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    First is most likely around 500lbs with the second not too far behind.
     
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    Look like different bears, first pic looks like the bigger and heavier bear! Cool pics thanks for sharing.
     
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    Also take into account that in November (and I am no bear expert) the bear would be prepping for hibernation so it would put on a lot of weight. No know the bears on our property started eating a lot and gaining a lot of weight on November. And Wisconsin is probably much colder in November then nj. That being said there is the possibility they are the same bears.


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    No way is the first bear a 500lb bear. Looks like a sow to me, short, small head, ears look a little big for it's head. I do a lot of bear hunting in Maine and no way is that bear even near 500lbs. To me the second bear looks like a pretty good sized boar, bigger then the bear in the first pic even. But it's hard to tell that first pic doesnt show much.
     
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    So then what would you guess the weight of the first one???
     
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    Both look rather huge
     
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    Hard to judge the first one without seeing it's relative height, but I would guess it to be in the 250# range. The second is 400+ but also hard judging with him coming head on
     
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    Im way off if the first one is only 250. Guess I cant judge it well without seeing all of him.
     
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    The first one looks like his ears are far down on the sides of his head. Makes me think it is a different bear than the second pic. This is all the pics I have of them. Only the one from this spring. I will let you guys know if I get anymore pics of them. I put a stake in the ground, marked off in 6" increments so I can judge height. I should make a good reference.

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    I would say that bear in the first pic is 200lbs dressed at most. Sow's are decieving, and that to me looks like a sow.

    The bear in this pic is easily a 500lb bear. It's off my bait site from a few years ago, and that is a 55 gallon barrel behind him. Never saw him in daylight.
     

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    PA guy here. We have lots of the 450+ variety bears here. The first bear is probably a sow, in the 250-300 range at most. She's a good sized sow however.

    The second bear is definitely larger, but I'd say in the 350-375 range. As others have said, just look at the ears to give you a good idea of the size of the animal. When a bear gets big-big, their head usually makes their ears look small. The second bear has those tall, stand up ears which leads me to believe he's around 350-375. Still a very good bear for Wisconsin I believe.
     
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    I agree. Second bear is around the weight you suggest, and come fall he'll be 400+ is what my guess was figured at. He's got a real strong, thick build
     
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    I have no idea about bears except that first one looks like a 'possum.
     

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