Wisconsin Bear Hunting
Here is a video example for you. I am 99.999999% sure one of these cubs was harvested in this year. YES!!! IT WAS LEGAL!!! I measured it to be sure at 43"!! It field dressed at 92lbs. I have the harvest pics, and shot video as well!! I guarantee if I posted that. Asking a weight it would average 250lbs. Yep, done it already!! Not heard back from this hunter on the age. As if I really need to know !
I have never been able to understand the age results. Many stories of hung over college students just putting random numbers on things. Who really knows.
One thing I do know is it is not rocket appliances!! If you dont know. It is the same thing as ageing a tree. Take a cross cut of the tooth, er , tree. Then count the rings you see. YES!! It's that freaking simple!! So why all the BS numbers!! Guessing a tootsie pop thing?
I know its a hair more complicated. Smaller saws, microscopes, and dye needed. It's still simple!
Which is also why there is no .75 on the age. The growth rings are annually generated. I suppose one could automatically add that .75 with common sense. Yet, is that what we really want college students to do, think?
This is what I know from watching then grow. Very well fed 1st year cubs. Meaning born in the den, and still on mom when coming out. Can go up to 80-100lbs by fall. Very well fed yearlings though. Are going to have a hard time reaching 125 on the hoof. So again a 100lb harvested bear. After that it gets really tough. Even though well fed. Genetics start to play games. Then there is the hormones as they reach breeding age. Again though 150-175 is going to be tops on the hoof. So again a 100lb bear dressed. Its all guessing after that. For example, Growly. A bear you have all heard me talk about. The last time we treed him, I believe he was 6 or 7. Would have to look back at things to be sure. In any case looking at him back then. I was guessing maybe 300, but 275 was more realistic! That day might have been the last chance to take him out. At least with the dogs. This year at 10, or 11. I would not put him at over 350. Probably closer to 325 dressed. However, his head is much larger than a far older bear named GT. Who has been an easy 500lbs since Growly was 3 or 4.
Now if someone shoots Big Momma. Im going to take the opposite tooth. Either buy the proper saw, find someone to cut it, or hire an outside firm. To get a correct age result. Hell, Growly, and GT for that matter. I know how hold Growly is. GT have no clue. Big Momma I'd say at least 20!
I don't work for the WI DNR. I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night though!
Team Blue Gill that weight sounds a little heavy for a 1 year old bear. I had 5 family members that got bears in 2017 and I think most of them were not correctly aged.
191 pound sow 3 years old
278 pound boar 3 years old
245 pound sow 3 years old
130 pound boar 2 years old
151 pound boar 1 year old