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Old 08-02-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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I have heard both good and "real bad". I hear the same for Antelope but know from personal experience, the goat is great. It could be the process I go thru or maybe not.

I quarter all my game right where they hit the ground, then pack to the truck and put in coolers with Ice. They stay there for about a week, then I seperate every muscle and burger most of it. There is virtually no fat on any of the meat.

So, assuming I do the same prep with Bear, is it going to be any good?

The wife has also mentioned Tricinosis.

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Old 08-02-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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Bear meat is good if properly taken care of. They can taste like what they are eating due to their high percentage of body fat. I love bear sausage. Stanton's our of Lebanon makes the best I have ever eaten.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:33 PM   #3
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:35 PM   #4
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Exactly; a bear is what it eats. If you shoot one in a huckleberry, blueberry, or wild raspberry patch - he is likely to be pretty tasty.
However - some bears taste like greasy road-kill in my opinion and are better suited for summer sausage, mixed grade burger, and pepperoni sticks rather then steaked out table fare. The smell of some bear meat simmering on the stove - will run even an avid game eater right out the door !
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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Is bear better than elk? yes of course it is. As burger, stew, roasts. Shoot it, skin it, cool it down. Then cut and wrap ASAP. Do not age a bear unless you like poor meat.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:28 PM   #6
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I have heard all these responses or opinions before except not hanging it. Interesting.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #7
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another vote for good tablefare. it was the first animal to leave my freezer last year, everyone liked it.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:25 PM   #8
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turn it into pepperoni stix and jalepeno cheese summer sausage...you'll never know the difference
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #9
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Yes, it is, if field dressed, cooled, and processed correctly. Some ideas to kick around with the meat are:

1. Chorizo- spicy, Mexican blend sausage, usually scrambled with eggs.
2. Breakfast sausage seasoning. Witts or A.C. Leggs makes great pre-mixed ingredient packets.
3. Pepperoni. Depending on the lean-to-fat ratio of your bear, you might consider adding beef or pork fat to it. Once again, buy a pre-made ingredients package, very easy to DIY. High temp cheese is a great addition to this recipe aswell.
4. Brine injected bear ham. Lots of recipes out there for a brine, as long as you do it right, and use a cook schedule with an adequate cook cyle (google "Lethality Chart-Appendix A") in the smoker, it tastes very comparable to a smoked ham.
5. Greek sausage- recipes vary, but main ingredients include Kalamata olives, feta cheese, red wine, salt, pepper, oregano, coriander and garlic. Very good recipe if you want to try something a little different.

Hope that helps.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:00 PM   #10
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I enjoyed some bear meat from the cascades area, while I received some spring bear meat from Alaska that was terrible. Tasted like salmon and smelled like salmon while it cooked and that was backstrap Just Wrong and distasteful. I agree with those that have stated; it depends on where it was harvested, how it was cared for and what it was eating. I would eat it again but from a salmon stream pass..
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:39 PM   #11
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I did a blind taste-test with bear summer sausage vs. elk summer sausage, results were indistuishable; 12 people preferred the bear, 14 people preferred the elk. Interestingly enough, almost everyone thought they had chosen and preferred the elk; sounded tastier to them I guess
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:34 AM   #12
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In my 50+ yr. hunting career, I have never shot a bear. Not that I haven't had dozens of chances, I just don't care for the taste.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:13 AM   #13
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Coastal bears are tops. Dumpster bears and fish eaters get a free pass.

If you get a fall bear (fattie) can the meat as this gets any remaining fat out. Makes excellent soup and stew meat. Yum. Cooking in/on the stove leaves to much grease in the meat for me but the flavor is fine. Spring bears are probably better.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:15 AM   #14
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My first taste of bear was awful. Bear ribs without the fat removed. My next taste was great. I shot one in Montana, trimmed off all the fat I could and had it sugar cured up in Kalispell. Tasted like canadian bacon, gret stuff!
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:14 AM   #15
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Best bear I have had was munching on huckleberries. Start looking for berry patches if want a great tasting bear.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:40 AM   #16
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This will be a Chemault area bear, shot between now and mid September if I see one, and I have no idea what it will have been eating.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #17
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A chemault area bear will be the best bear meat of any in the state. They are eating grubs, bees, honey, ants, currant, manzaneta, random birds, cougar kills, small critters it catches, grass/forbes.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:24 AM   #18
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Mine was excellent !! I had Redmond lockers make mostly pepperoni sticks and a summer sausage. cheese crackers and some beer and good stuff !!
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #19
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I have shot 13 and have not had a "bad tasting" one yet.

Take care of the meat. plain and simple.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:28 PM   #20
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I have heard both good and "real bad". I hear the same for Antelope but know from personal experience, the goat is great. It could be the process I go thru or maybe not.

I quarter all my game right where they hit the ground, then pack to the truck and put in coolers with Ice. They stay there for about a week, then I seperate every muscle and burger most of it. There is virtually no fat on any of the meat.

So, assuming I do the same prep with Bear, is it going to be any good?

The wife has also mentioned Tricinosis.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:49 AM   #21
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Just as good as elk if not better
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:36 PM   #22
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Far less than elk, unless in some sort of sausage form.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:42 PM   #23
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Tried bear a lot of ways and have enjoyed almost all of them but hand down the best so far is canned bear to throw in enchiladas. You can't beat them enchiladas!

We are running low on the spring bear and the wife is asking me to go bear hunting soon.
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:42 AM   #24
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In our house we like to mix bear 50/50 with a blacktail to make Polish, Italian, etc. Also, if you want a unique treat, save the flanks and cure them up for bacon.

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Old 08-06-2012, 12:17 AM   #25
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Bear meat is terrible call me i will take it off your hands.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:17 PM   #26
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OK, I got a tag and the STW is sighted in at 200. Checking trail cams and looking for Bear on Friday.

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