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YosemiteSam
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This is a serious question. I've had a few different game animals over the years but never bear. Wouldn't want to shoot one if it wasn't any good or if the family wouldn't eat it. But I've been seeing a fair amount of sign these past couple years. Any comparisons flavor-wise? Is it good enough for steaks? Or is this mostly sausage meat?

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The Ontario bear I shot last Fall is excellent table fare.

The blueberry crop was exceptional! He has a slightly sweet flavor, kind of like venison that is very lightly marinaded in jelly.

My son compares it very favorably to regular beef steaks.

Hope that helps.

Ray

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It all depends on what their diet consists of. Like sixgun said, a berry bear is delicious. I love bear meat, but I don't think I could choke down a bear with a fish diet...
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YosemiteSam
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quote:
Originally posted by Kromer:
It all depends on what their diet consists of. Like sixgun said, a berry bear is delicious. I love bear meat, but I don't think I could choke down a bear with a fish diet...

Yea, I've heard the same about bears that stake out campsites & eat trash.

For better or worse, the salmon are basically extinct out here. Shouldn't be a problem.

Thanks. Might have to get a bear tag after all.

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YosemiteSam
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Just looked up the hunting regs for bear. Looks like the season is a lot longer than I thought. Looks like the coast is off-limits. Too bad. Saw a nice, fat one down there last month.

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Sam,
Check out the stew recipe I posted below in August. As noted, it was originally a venison recipe but I thought it was even better with bear meat. Doesn't matter the cut either when used in a stew. Also made quite a bit of jerky with those two bears and everyone loved it. The texture of bear is a lot different than hooved game and difficult to cut into thin strips for jerky so I used shears which worked great.

Do a search on the Pow Wow. There was a thread not too long ago with lots of positive comments on bear meat.

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