Wisconsin Bear Hunting
One of the different things that I tried with my bear was to smoke the ribs. Used the same process and dry rub that I use on pork ribs and they turned out great..
As others mentioned the roasts are wonderful in the crock pot and the balance I ground into burger..
Whenever I cook bear, i try to eliminate as much fat as possible. This is true with all wild game. Unless you like the wild taste, get rid of the fat. (Especially bear) In my opinion, bear fat gives the meat a nasty, smelly odor and taste. Eliminate it as much as possible and the lean meat is as good as any game meat. (Except elk... elk is top shelf)
I have thought about adding a little pork or maybe beef tallow, but have never done so. I use almost all of my bear meat as hamburger. Love it in chilli and BBQ. The only time I use anything other than hamburger is for bear stew. For this I use lean cubes of bear meat, cooked on low in a slow-cooker, with a couple beef broth cubes. I cook potatoes, onions, carrots, and any other veggies to taste... in a Nesco. After the meet is done (on low for 3-4 hours), I add it to the veggies. Have never had any leftovers.
Made a trip to the cabin today. Got here at about 5:00pm. Pulled the trail cams, which have been up since we left on September 6th. We baited just before we left. Nothing shootable during the day, but had several nice bear come after dark. Have had a few new bear show up the last three days. They were disappointed to find the empty bait stations. Had pictures of a bobcat too.
I don't want to turn this into the "Guns and Shooting" thread, but I really love Percheye1's photo of his gun along side of his bear. That is a sweet gun! (and monster bear) Anyone else interested in showing their weapon of choice for bear? My wife and grandson used a .30-06 pump (round nose, 180gr) which was given to my wife by her father. I used a .45-70 H&R single shot (flat nose, hard lead, 460gr) I planned on using a 12ga, but the wife insisted I buy a new gun specifically for bear hunting. Gotta love her! I will post pictures of those guns if there seems to be an interest.
Wow nice bear! Glad you didn't have to far to go.
Steve - A hat is a good idea, I may have to try that next time. I can't have bears all over, not enough wall space with deer and fish. Would have to build an addition haha. Maybe that is the real solution. But in all seriousness, I can see making some things out of them. Maybe even a blanket.