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#6139344 - 01/16/16 09:00 PM Bear meat
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Ever eaten bear meat? Taste? Texture? Is there a difference between black bear and brown bear meat?

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#6139412 - 01/16/16 09:34 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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Have eaten Black bear in stew as well as jerky. Taste same as whitetail.

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#6139432 - 01/16/16 09:45 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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Never had brown bear but black bear is excellent if done correctly. It is like mild venison with the texture of pork.

A few hints if you want to eat bear. Just like hogs (and most other game), smaller is better. For eating size I would look for a 125 to 150 lb black bear. If possible you also want a spring bear instead of a fall bear. The meat is extra tender after 5-7 months without exercise.

When cooking slower is better. Use a slow cooker for roasts. You also need to make sure all parts of the meat reach 160F in order to ensure all parasites are killed.
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#6139871 - 01/17/16 11:31 AM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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I've read that fall bear were preferred in the "old days" because of the high fat content. Plentiful fat is very rare in wild game and supposedly bear fat was highly regarded for baking, in the absence of domestic sources (pigs). Of course, none of that speaks to the meat quality of fall bears. I'm pretty sure that bears that have been eating grass and berries taste much better than bears that have been eating salmon, etc., but I've never eaten bear myself.
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#6139919 - 01/17/16 12:07 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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BIL shot a bear when we lived in Idaho. We may have prepared it wrong but the few recipes I remember him trying were not good!

I'd try it again but wasn't a fan of the stuff I've tried.

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#6139991 - 01/17/16 12:59 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: syncerus
I've read that fall bear were preferred in the "old days" because of the high fat content. Plentiful fat is very rare in wild game and supposedly bear fat was highly regarded for baking, in the absence of domestic sources (pigs). Of course, none of that speaks to the meat quality of fall bears. I'm pretty sure that bears that have been eating grass and berries taste much better than bears that have been eating salmon, etc., but I've never eaten bear myself.


Yup. we outfit for black bear. For us fall is better. They have been feasting all summer on alfalfa, oats, canola, clover, usual wild feed and then the fall berry crop. Each to their own, but I have always found that animals on the gain are better eating than something that has been losing weight....... bodies under stress. Our sessions of trying spring bear meat always lead us back to fall bear when we want something to eat. Added bonus is all the fat. My wife renders it down for lard. Makes incredible pastry......... pie crusts are amazing.

The bear lard is also good for softening leather, dry skin salve. My wife gets dry skin patches in the winter when it is really cold and low humidity.......... swears by the "bear grease". Natives think it has medicinal properties and elders like to rub it on arthritic joints........ ya I know, just saying what they believe. wink Anyways, lots of uses............ did I mention pastry? smile

The meat is mild tasting and I have hunting clients who usually say it tastes like beef to them when we cook a roast for them or some backstrap. Young bear is good of course, but we have had clients shoot 600+ boars and the meat was just fine. Thing is that unless you live in bear country and can shoot them every year, guys going on a guided hunt don't usually want to shoot a "boo-boo" and the meat is a by-product to the trophy. Fear not, you can take a nice big bear and till have some good eating.
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#6140208 - 01/17/16 04:16 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
Erny Offline
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Two years ago I shot a very large late spring black bear in Manitoba. The meat was the worst game meat I have ever tried. It had a rancid odor when cooked. I know the meat was not rotten as we cleaned it fast and got it into a freezer pretty darn quick. I will try it again if I get another one but my first experience was not good. Someone speculated that the bear may have been eating a winter killed moose.

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#6141020 - 01/18/16 08:37 AM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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On a scale of 1 - 10 for me it would get a negative number. Killed a Black Bear in Alberta couple of years ago and never again. The meat was terrible. I'll pass!!
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#6143386 - 01/19/16 01:15 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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I have never shot a bear, but I am sure it taste good enough forme not to feel guilty if I get the chance to kill one.

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#6143403 - 01/19/16 01:21 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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I had a buddy that was a big bear hunter. He swore the meat was good.
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#6143424 - 01/19/16 01:30 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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I tried bear jerky 1 time and couldn't even finish the first piece. It was horrible.
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#6143489 - 01/19/16 02:04 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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It is some great meat, I have had 2 so far and it is the first to go out of the freezer. I have only had spring bear, I heard the winter meat is more greasy and tasty though.

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#6143490 - 01/19/16 02:06 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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I'd love to try it. Cancer got my buddy before I could beg a taste.
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#6143589 - 01/19/16 03:10 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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Sounds like bear meat is a lot like white bass and fresh water drum (goo). Many different opinions on taste. I like white bass, hate goo, and have never tried bear
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#6143659 - 01/19/16 03:49 PM Re: Bear meat [Re: skeeter22]
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I was not fond of it.
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