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Black Bear- Dimensions and weight of a rolled up green hide?

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Skulltastic, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Skulltastic

    Skulltastic Member

    With your experience with green hides I'm looking for some advise and info I hope you can help me. I'm looking for what you think the dimensions and weight would be for:

    -Freshly skinned full sized black bear hide with some fat still on the skin (quick in the field job)
    -Skull still in the hide
    -paw bones still in the pads.

    I'm purchasing synthetic game meat bags for packing out the quartered animals (whitetail deer/black bear) and would like to also purchase a bag for packing out the hide/head. I'm thinking skin to skin, rolled, with head on the outside of the roll would be best for stuffing in the bag? Bear weight could be up to 500lbs or so and I would like to have a bag that could fit that if the bear of a lifetime appears. Most likely the bear will be MUCH MUCH smaller but I would like to be prepared. Again this is not for storage just transport in the bag, attached to a pack frame from kill to truck. Thanks very much.
  2. Rausch

    Rausch Well-Known Member

    The extra large game bags from Black Ovis will fit the hide black bear your going to find.

  3. Jim B

    Jim B Active Member

    I generally figure the hide to be about,20-25% of the bear's weight.Skin it as clean as possible,especially in the Fall.A 400 lb bear could have an 80 lb hide,about the size of a bushel basket.Skinning the feet out,doesn't reduce much weight,but clean skinning can.I figure the bone in meat at roughly half the bear's weight.
  4. Skulltastic

    Skulltastic Member

    I bought a 28"x48" elk quarter bag from caribou game bags. Should do the trick I think. Only bear I've taken so far was a small sow, so i'm not familiar with how big these green hides can get. But I think that size bag should fit it. If it doesn't I probably cant move it anyway!
  5. turkeyshooter

    turkeyshooter Member

    Just remember when it comes to bears get it as clean as possible hair and inside. Get as much fat off as possible and get him on ice ASAP. I deal mostly with Georgia bears but hair will slip if not taken care of in the field. Heat and bacteria is your enemy. I tell all my bear customers to keep a bottle of lysol concentrate with them and wash the bear down asap and soak for 15 minutes in cool water / ice with lysol concentrate. It will help cut down greatly on your chances of hair slippage especially if you do everything else right getting him clean and cool quickly. And your correct, roll up with head on the outside if your placing him in anything. And get him to your taxidermist asap! If your doing the cape prep and you better know what your doing and its going to be shipped directly to a tannery, get him skinnned, cleaned and prepped and salted almost rock hard ( just enough flex to be able to fold him into your container ) before shipping. If shipping frozen make sure its overnight and in cool weather and head is rolled up on the outside. Hope this helps. Its not rocket science but heat, dirt and moisture are your enemies so keep that in mind.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2018